Ride into spring with a new ORV license or permit


Rev up for spring while riding through Michigan in an Off-Road Vehicle or ORV.

“If a trail is too wet or too muddy, riders should find another spot to ride or wait a day,” said Jessica Holley, a statewide analyst for the DNR’s Motorized Trails Program. “If everyone works together to make smart choices that protect our trails, they’ll be there longer and be safer for all off-road vehicle riders.”

Although new licenses and permits went on sale March 1st of this year, the 2018 permits expire on March 31st. 

An ORV license costs $26.25 and is required to ride eligible county roads, state forest roads open to ORV use and eligible national forest roads.

A trail permit costs an additional $10 and is required when operating on designated state trails or routes as well as special use areas.

A license or trail permit is not required for riding on private lands as well as during the two free ORV Weekends when residents and out-of-state visitors can ride nearly 3,700 miles of DNR-designated routes and trails without a license or permit. The first weekend is June 8th and 9th while the second one is in August on the 17th and 18th.

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