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ATV Laws In Oklahoma

House Bill 1686
(signed into law May 2007)

Oklahoma Statute 47-1117

Section 1.
A. It shall be unlawful for a person less than eighteen (18) years of age to operate or to be carried as a passenger upon an all-terrain vehicle unless the person wears a crash helmet of a type which complies with standards established by 49 C.F.R., Section 571.218.

B. It shall be unlawful for the operator of an all-terrain vehicle to carry a passenger unless that all-terrain vehicle has been specifically designed by the manufacturer to carry passengers in addition to the operator.

C. Fine and court costs for violating the provisions of this section shall not exceed twenty-five dollars ($25.00). Any peace officer of this state including, but not limited to, park rangers, is authorized to enforce the provisions of this section. All monies collected pursuant to a citation for a violation of this section shall be deposited in the Oklahoma Tourism and Recreation Department Revolving Fund for credit to the cost center of the state park or public recreation area where such citation was issued.

D. Any parent, legal guardian or person having actual responsibility for a person under eighteen (18) years of age, or who is the owner of the all-terrain vehicle operated by a person under eighteen (18) years of age, who knows, or should have known, that the person operating the all-terrain vehicle is not in compliance with the provisions of this section, shall be punishable according to the provisions of subsection C of this section.

E. As used in this section, "all-terrain vehicle" means a motorized vehicle manufactured and used exclusively for off-highway use which is forty-eight (48) inches or less in width, with an unladen dry weight of eight hundred (800) pounds or less, traveling or two or more low-pressure tires, having a seat designed to be straddled by the operator, and which is steered by the use of handlebars.

F. The provisions of this section shall apply only to persons operating all-terrain vehicles on public lands.

G. The provisions of this section shall not apply to persons operating an all-terrain vehicle on privately owned property.

Section 2. This act shall be come effective November 1, 2007.

Operation on Streets and Roadways

Oklahoma Statute 47-1151

Section E
“ . . . The provisions of this subsection shall also apply to those motor-driven or operated vehicles known as ‘all-terrain vehicles’, which are manufactured principally for use off the roads. All-terrain vehicles may be operated on unpaved roads which are located within the boundaries of any property of the Forest Service of the United States Department of Agriculture. Also, all-terrain vehicles may operate upon the public streets and highways of this state under the following circumstances:

  1. An all-terrain vehicle may be operated upon public streets and highways if the vehicle needs to make a direct crossing of the street or highway while the vehicle is traveling upon a regularly traveled trail and needs to continue travel from one area of the trail to another and if the vehicle comes to a complete stop, yields the right-of-way to all oncoming traffic that constitutes an immediate hazard, and crosses the street or highway at an angle of approximately ninety (90) degrees to the direction of the street or highway. This exception shall not apply to divided highways or streets or highways with a posted speed limit of more than thirty-five (35) miles per hour in the area of the crossing;
  1. The operator of the all-terrain vehicle making the crossing at a street or highway has a valid driver license; and
  2. The operation of the vehicle making a crossing on a street or highway occurs during daylight hours only.”

Section H

“Anyone violating any of the provisions heretofore enumerated in this section shall be guilty of a misdemeanor and upon conviction shall be fined not less than Ten Dollars ($10.00) and not to exceed One Hundred Dollars ($100.00).”

47-1151.1.B
“Except as otherwise provided in this section and pursuant to the exception provided in subsection E of Section 1151 of this title, golf carts or all-terrain vehicles shall not be operated on the highways or turnpikes of the state.”

47-1151.1.C
“All-terrain vehicles owned by a city or golf carts may be operated on city streets if:

  1. The municipal governing body has adopted an ordinance governing the operation of golf carts or all-terrain vehicles on city streets; and
  2. Operation occurs during daylight hours only.”

Registration

Enrolled House Bill 1297

Section 1102.1 “‘All-terrain vehicle’” means a motorized vehicle manufactured and used exclusively for off-highway use which is sixty (60) inches or less in width, with an unladen dry weight of one thousand five hundred (1,500) pounds or less, traveling on two or more low-pressure tires”

Section 1113.A.1 “ . . .The Oklahoma Tax Commission shall assign an all-terrain vehicle or motorcycle used exclusively off roads and highways a distinctive number and issue to the owner a certificate of registration and a decal but not a license plate. For each subsequent registration year, the Tax Commission shall issue a yearly decal to be affixed to the license plate, except for an all-terrain vehicle or motorcycle used exclusively off roads and highways. The initial decal for an all-terrain vehicle or motorcycle shall be attached to the front of the all-terrain vehicle and shall be in clear view. The decal shall be on the front or on the front fork of the motorcycle used exclusively off roads and highways and the decal shall be in clear view.”

Section 1113, Section 5.A “Except as otherwise provided by this section, all-terrain vehicles and motorcycles used exclusively off roads or highways shall be registered once with the Oklahoma Tax Commission within thirty (30) days after purchase.”

Section 1113, Section 5.B “For all-terrain vehicles or motorcycles used exclusively off roads or highways purchased prior to July 1, 2005, registration, as otherwise required by Section 1115 of Title 47 of the Oklahoma Statutes, shall not be required, but shall be allowed at the option of the owner of the all-terrain vehicle or motorcycle used exclusively off roads or highways.”

Section 1113, Section 5.C “All-terrain vehicles or motorcycles used exclusively off roads or highways owned or purchased by a person that possesses an agricultural exemption pursuant to Section 1358.1 of Title 68 of the Oklahoma Statutes may be registered as provided by this section, but shall not require registration.”

Section 1132.B “For all-terrain vehicles and motorcycles used exclusively for use off roads or highways purchased on or after July 1, 2005, and for all-terrain vehicles and motorcycles used exclusively for use off roads or highways purchased prior to July 1, 2005, which the owner chooses to register pursuant to the provisions of Section 5 of this act, an initial and nonrecurring registration fee of Eleven Dollars ($11.00) shall be assessed at the time of initial registration by the owner. Nine Dollars ($9.00) of the registration fee shall be deposited in the Oklahoma Tax Commission Reimbursement Fund. Two Dollars ($2.00) of the registration fee shall be retained by the motor license agent.”

Section 2103.A.1 “ . . . Except for persons that possess an agricultural exemption pursuant to Section 1358.1 of this title, the excise tax shall be levied upon transfers of legal ownership of all-terrain vehicles and motorcycles used exclusively off roads and highways which occur on or after July 1, 2005. The excise tax for new and used all-terrain vehicles and motorcycles used exclusively off roads and highways shall be levied at four and one-half percent (4 ½%) of the actual sales price of each new and used all-terrain vehicle and motorcycle used exclusively off roads and highways before any discounts or credits are given for a trade-in.”

Section 2103.A.3 “The tax levied pursuant to this section shall be due at the time of the transfer of legal ownership or first registration in this state of such vehicle; provided, the tax shall not be due at the time of the issuance of a certificate of title for an all-terrain vehicle or motorcycle used exclusively off roads and highways which is not required to be registered but which the owner chooses to register pursuant to the provisions of subsection B of Section 5 of this act, and shall be collected by the Oklahoma Tax Commission or Corporation Commission, as applicable, or an appointed motor license agent, at the time of the issuance of a certificate of title for any such vehicle.”

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