Special Vehicles in Idaho
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Idaho Special Vehicle Registration
It's not just cars, trucks, and motorcycles that need to be registered and titled in Idaho. Other special vehicles must be registered also, including all-terrain vehicles (ATVs), snowmobiles, and trailers.
The registration process and cost of registration differs depending on the vehicle you wish to register.
Continue reading this page to learn how to properly register your special vehicle. Failure to do so could result in you receiving fines and other penalties from Idaho law enforcement.
To drive your all-terrain vehicle (ATV) on the highway or public roads in Idaho, you must register it with the Idaho Division of Motor Vehicles (DMV) and purchase a license plate. The process is similar to registering a standard car. For more information, visit our Register Car in Idaho page.
If you're going to drive your ATV on private land or official off-road areas, get an off-road sticker from the Idaho Department of Parks and Recreation IDPR or through your local county assessor's office.
If you're a farmer and only operate your ATV on your own property, you are not required to register it, but the ID DMV encourages that you do so regardless.
NOTE: A "restricted use" license plate is now required for all off-highway vehicles (OHVs) in Idaho. The license plate, along with an OHV registration sticker, allows you to operate your OHV on forest service roads, unless otherwise posted. The license plate and registration sticker can ONLY be obtained from your local Idaho DMV office.
You must title an all-terrain vehicle (ATV) in Idaho; this protects you if it's stolen. Title your ATV at your local ID DMV office. If you purchased your ATV from a dealer, they may take care of the registration and titling for you.
Fees to Register and Title an ATV
A yearly off-road sticker from the IDPR costs $12; the county assessor also sells these. Certain IDPR areas require you to have a license plate and a sticker; check with the IDPR for these locations.
Whether you drive your ATV off-road or not, the title fee is $14, plus sales tax (6% of the price you paid for the vehicle).
Idaho groups snowmobiles into the same category as ATVs. Refer to the "All-Terrain Vehicle Titling and Registration" section above and contact the IDPR or the Idaho DMV when you're ready to register and title your snowmobile.
You must purchase a recreational vehicle sticker. For trailers, the first-time issuance fees are prorated quarterly, and are as follows:
- $8.50 for the first $1,000 of the trailer's market value.
- $5 extra for each remaining $1,000 (or portion) of value.
The Idaho DMV does not require you to title your RV.
The process to register and title your aircraft depends on what it is. Contact the Idaho Division of Aeronautics for instructions.
Call (208) 334-8775 or the in-state toll free number at (800) 426-4587.
Scooters and other motor-driven cycles are classified into several categories in Idaho for licensing and registration purposes.
A moped DOES NOT have to be registered IF it has:
- An engine no more than 50 cc (for combustion engines) and/or under 2 hp.
- A top speed of 30 MPH.
- An automatic transmission.
If your moped engine is larger than 50 cc or it exceeds 30 MPH, the vehicle is considered a motorcycle and must be registered in Idaho.Other Topics in This Section