Special Vehicles in IndianaPage Overview
Indiana Special Vehicle Registration
If you own a vehicle other than your standard car, pickup truck, or motorcycle, it's important to know the rules and regulations enforced by the state of Indiana. Certain vehicles may require registration and/or titling, including snowmobiles, all-terrain vehicles (ATVs), off-road vehicles (ORVs), and trailers.
Depending on the type of off-road vehicle you own, you may need to title or register it in Indiana, or both.
Title Your ORV
You only need to title your off-road vehicle with the Indiana Bureau of Motor Vehicles (BMV) if it's less than 5 years old. If your ORV is older, it's up to you if you want to title it or not. If you bought your ORV from a dealer, ask them to prepare an application for title for you. Otherwise, contact the IN BMV for more information and instructions.
ORVs Exempt From Titling
The following off-road vehicles do not need to be titled in Indiana:
- Farm vehicles (used exclusively for farming purposes).
- Military or government vehicles.
- Construction, mining, or other related vehicles.
- Snowmobiles (see "Snowmobiles in Indiana" below).
- Registered aircrafts.
- Golf carts.
Register Your ORV
If you wish to operate your ORV on certain public roadways in Indiana, you MUST have it registered with the IN BMV (see also "ORVs Exempt from Registration" below).
NOTE: In order to register your ORV, you must have it titled first (if required, see "Title Your ORV" above).
Titles cost $15, and you must receive one within 31 days of the vehicle purchase. If you don't have your title by this time, you'll face a $21 penalty.
Consult our Title Transfers in Indiana section to review the application process.
ORVs Exempt From Registration
You are not required required to register your ORV if it is:
- Used for a special event only.
- Registered in another state or country and you're only using it in Indiana for up to 20 days (within 1 year).
For more information about exempt vehicles, visit the Indiana BMV website.
The Indiana Bureau of Motor Vehicles (BMV) does not require you to title your snowmobile in the state; however, you can choose to do so voluntarily. Titling your snowmobile will help you to prove your ownership of the vehicle and may come in handy if you wish to sell it in the future.
Your snowmobile title will cost $15, and registration will cost you $30.
For more information about fees, view the IN BMV's fee chart.
In Indiana, you are required to register your motorhome or recreational vehicle (RV) as you would a regular car. Follow the instructions on our Register Car in Indiana page.
It will cost you $28.75 to register your RV and $29.75 to renew.
The registration fee will vary depending on where you live and the weight of your trailer.
Titles cost $15.
Indiana is currently considering and adopting legislation that affects moped and scooter registration. Contact your local BMV office for current registration requirements.Other Topics in This Section