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    If you're interested in information about registering boats, recreational vehicles, motorcycles, or custom-built vehicles in Arizona, we have separate sections covering these vehicles.

    In this section, we'll take a look at all-terrain vehicles (ATVs), golf carts, and trailers.

    ATVs

    Title

    Every ATV needs to have a title, regardless of how you will use the vehicle. If you buy the vehicle from the dealer, the seller will handle this matter. If you buy from a private seller, you'll need to apply for a title at an Arizona Motor Vehicle Division (MVD) office. See our Title Transfers section for details on the titling procedure. You don't need to bring the vehicle to the MVD location.

    License Plate

    The MVD will give you an off-road license plate with "RV" (for "recreational vehicle") printed on the state. Affix the plate on the rear of the vehicle.

    This plate means you cannot ride on streets or highways. Instead, you may only ride on dirt roads in unincorporated areas of Arizona. State lawmakers define a dirt road as an "unpaved or ungraveled road that is not maintained by this state or a city, town, or county of this state."

    Decal Rule

    You need to purchase an official, off-highway vehicle (OHV) decal each year and affix it to your license plate.

    You may purchase the decal online, or at MVD or authorized third-party offices.

    See the state FAQs page on this matter for more information.

    Riding on Public Roads

    If you want to ride your ATV on the state's streets or highways, several factors come into play.

    For starters, the vehicle must be "street-legal," as defined in the Guide to Arizona Off-Highway Vehicle Laws, Rules, and Regulations brochure from the Arizona Game and Fish Department. You might need to make some alterations to your vehicle to make it street legal.

    Then, you must register the vehicle at an MVD office. See our other registration sections for details about the documentation you'll need to supply.

    You'll need to carry insurance to ride your ATV on roads or highways. Be sure to have your registration and insurance card with you when riding the vehicle.

    Also, riders of three-wheeled ATVs will need to have a motorcycle license (class M), while those riding four-wheeled ATVs will simply need to have the standard driver's license (class D).

    Fees

    You'll pay a vehicle license tax based on the manufacturer's amortized base retail price of the vehicle. You'll also pay the following fees:

    • Title: $4
    • Registration: $8
    • Air quality research: $1.50

    Golf Carts

    Golf carts don't need to be titled or registered providing they're not being driven on public roads.

    Trailers

    Trailers―not to be confused with recreational vehicles―need to be titled and registered. The process for both is similar to what you'd experience with a car.

    Additional Information

    For more information about ATVs or off-highway vehicles, check out Arizona's pamphlet on the subject. You can also contact your local MVD office or call (800) 251-5866.

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