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    Arkansas Special Vehicles

    In Arkansas, it's common to own off-road and other special types of vehicles other than your standard car. These vehicles include all-terrain vehicles, boats, motorcycles, and other non-standard types.

    It's important to know which vehicles you must register and title with the Arkansas Department of Finance and Administration (DFA) before you take your new ride out for a spin. Failure to register and title your vehicle, when required, can lead to fines and other penalties.

    NOTE: You must register your vehicle within 30 days of acquiring it to avoid penalties.

    All-Terrain Vehicles in Arkansas

    If you have an all-terrain vehicle (ATV), the AR DFA requires you to register it before you can legally operate it. To register your ATV, visit an Arkansas DFA office in person. You may need to:

    You will also need to pay a $5 registration fee.

    For more information about registering your ATV, contact the Arkansas DFA.

    NOTE: It is against the law to operate your ATV on public roads and highways in Arkansas. The only exemptions to this rule are if you need to cross the road for farming or hunting purposes, or you're outside city limits and need to get from one trail (or private property) to another.

    To learn more about the laws relating to ATVs, read the Arkansas statute.

    Motorcycles and Motorized Bicycles

    If you have a motorcycle, you will need to register it with the Arkansas DFA. Depending on the size of your engine, your registration fee will be:
    • $7 (250 cc or more).
      OR
    • $3 (less than 250 cc).

    You will also need to pay a $2.50 validation decal fee and any applicable sales tax.

    For more information, see our Motorcycle Registration in Arkansas page.

    Motorized bicycles with an engine size of 50 cc or less, must also be registered in the state of Arkansas. Unless your motorized bicycle has automatic transmission, you will be charged the following fees:

    • $3 registration fee.
    • $2.50
    • Sales tax.

    Mobile and Manufactured AR Homes

    All mobile homes and manufactured homes must be registered in Arkansas. Follow the steps on our Register Car in Arkansas page.

    Boat Registration in Arkansas

    If you have a boat in Arkansas, it must be registered before you can legally operate it on any of the state's public waters, unless your vessel isn't propelled by an engine or sail.

    To register your boat, visit your local AR Department of Finance and Administration office and:

    • Show proof you own the boat (e.g. bill of sale). This document must include:
      • Hull identification number.
      • Description of the boat.
      • Year.
      • Make.
      • Horsepower.
      • Sale price.
      • Date of sale.
      • Signatures of both you and the seller.
    • Show proof that the boat has been assessed or is schedule to be assessed.
    • Show that you've paid all applicable property taxes.
    • Show proof of your liability insurance (if your boat has an engine of more than 50 horsepower).
      • Your coverage must meet the minimum requirement of $50,000 per occurrence.
    • Pay the registration fee (varies depending on the size of your boat).
      • Less than 16 ft: $ 7.50.
      • 16 ft to 26 ft: $15.
      • 26 ft to 40 ft: $ 51.
      • 40 ft and longer: $105.

    Once you've registered your boat, the AR DFA will issue you an Arkansas Certificate of Number, or registration card, and validation decals, valid for 3 years.

    You must have your registration card onboard with you at all times while the boat is in operation, and the decals must be clearly displayed on the front half of each side of your boat.

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