Rules and Regulations

One of the biggest threats to sustainable OHV operation in Arizona is the closure of riding areas due to illegal and unethical use. Irresponsible users create safety hazards and negatively affect Arizona’s natural resources. 

Legislation was passed in 1972 that gave AZGFD the authority to identify habitat damage, provide information and education, and provide law enforcement for OHV-related activities.  On June 27, 2008, law SB1167 was signed. This has helped Arizona adopt strong regulations to protect the state’s natural resources.

operational regulations and safety

Information on operation of the vehicle, driving while impaired and licensing.

vehicle operation regulations and safety

It is unlawful for anyone to drive an OHV:

Other regulations

Driver’s license

A valid driver’s license is required when operating on roads that meet the definition of a highway, this includes maintained dirt roads.

Riding double

Operating an ATV without the proper safety components for an additional rider is dangerous. Operating an ATV in this manner impedes proper riding techniques and drastically changes the vehicle’s response. Proper riding technique requires operators to shift their weight and position to maintain control. Many injuries sustained in OHV crashes can be attributed to passengers riding improperly.

driving while impaired

DUI with an OHV is just like a DUI in any other vehicle. It is unlawful for a person to drive or be in actual physical control of a vehicle while under the influence of intoxicating liquor or any drug if the person is impaired to the slightest degree, A.R.S. 28-1381.

More questions?

602 942-3000
Arizona Game and Fish Department
5000 W. Carefree Highway
Phoenix, AZ 85086-5000

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