Hoosiers who own
off-road vehicles (ORVs) purchased after Dec. 31, 2009, must register those
ORVs through the Indiana Bureau of Motor Vehicles (BMV).
law applies regardless of whether the ORV is driven on public or private
land, although there are a few exceptions. More information about ORV
registration requirements is at bmv.IN.gov/2468.htm
ORVs include dirt
bikes, all-terrain vehicles (ATVs), utility task vehicles (UTVs), and
A three-year ORV
registration costs $30.
required for all ORVs to enter Interlake and Redbird state recreation areas
(SRAs), according to DNR’s Carman Jackson, who manages both properties.
Interlake and Redbird are former coal surface mines owned and managed by the
DNR Division of Outdoor Recreation to provide public-land riding
opportunities for ORV users.
visitors, the state also recognizes out-of-state ORV registrations.
residents with unregistered ORVs can purchase an annual trail-use permit
that will allow use at Redbird and Interlake SRAs only. These permits are
available at the property gatehouses.
“We are seeing an
increasing number of non-registered ORVs arriving at Interlake and Redbird,”
Jackson said. “Many Hoosiers are not aware of the registration requirement.
Unfortunately, we have to deny them entrance to the property.”
police officers to track stolen ORVs and ORVs that have been used
improperly. Furthermore, fees from ORV registration pay for increased off-roading
opportunities, amenities and services.
Redbird have added more trail miles for all vehicle types and rider skill
levels. Recent improvements include shelters, picnic areas and observation
decks that provide great views and family experiences. “These funds are
essential for property improvements,” Jackson said.
More information on
off-roading in Indiana, including laws, safety and places to ride is at