ATV Laws

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ATV 1The new North Carolina ATV Safety Law (SB 189) was passed for your safety. It is illegal to drive/ride an ATV on a public street according to § 20-171.19. unless otherwise permitted.

Ride aware:

  • Never use alcohol or drugs that can impair vision and coordination
  • Never ride/drive on public streets or roads.  It is illegal to do so according to § 20-171.19. unless otherwise permitted.
  • Stay on trails and ride at a safe speed

Ride an ATV that's right for their age:

  • 8-11 years of age - under 70cc engine displacement
  • 12-15 years of age - 70cc - 90cc engine displacement
  • 16 years of age and older - over 90cc engine displacement

Ride supervised:

  • ATVs are not toys. If you are under 16, you must be supervised by a person at least 18 years old.

ATV 2Ride with protection:

  • Always wear a DOT-approved helmet
  • Always wear eye protection

Ride in control:

  • Never carry a passenger on a single-rider vehicle

Ride an ATV that has:

  • A brake system in good working order
  • An effective muffler
  • A USDA Forest Service approved spark arrester

For additional information or materials, visit the ATV Safety Institute.