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Utah ATV Street Legal Requirements – January 1, 2019

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Have you ever thought about making your ATV street legal?   This seems to be becoming more popular and does have some good advantages.  In this article “Utah ATV Street Legal Requirements” you will learn all you need to know to make your ATV street-legal.  By being Street Legal you are allowed to operate your ATV on city streets, roads, and highways that are allowed in the law.

However, there are some definite advantages to having a street-legal ATV when you are out riding your ATV in the mountains.  One is that if your ATV is street legal, then you can operate it on any roadway that is open to vehicle traffic, not just on designated ATV trails and roads. It certainly gives you more places to ride.  (See “Operating Street Legal ATV’s” below.”) 

 If you are mechanically inclined you can pick up a kit from your dealer or order one online.  Just make sure that if you order online that you get all the required items as outlined below.  If you are not mechanically inclined then I am sure your dealer will be happy to assist you.

If you decide to make your ATV Street Legal there are a couple of things in addition to just paying your tax assessment each year you will need to do.  First, you will need to have your ATV inspected every year.  That is an additional cost.  Second, you will have to make sure that items added to your ATV are well maintained and ready for inspection each year.  This isn’t a real hard thing but something you need to remember to do.

Insurance rates are another thing you will need to consider.  Your monthly premium may change because you are now insuring it as a street-legal vehicle.  It could go up or it could go down.  Mine went up a $1.20 per month. Not a big deal.  But every case is different.  

If you are interested in what this street-legal stuff is all about I have included all the information you need to know below.  I have also included a link to HB0082 for 2017 that has some changes to the law this year, as well a link to the law.  The big change is allowing street legal ATV use on the streets of Salt Lake County. However, there is no street-legal ATV use on highways in Salt Lake County. That would include Mountain View Corridor and Bangerter Highway. This bill is an amendment to Utah Code 41-6a-1509.  As of May 14, 2019. It’s important to understand the Law. We would strongly suggest that you are familiar with this law and these amendments.

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I hope you take the opportunity to get out a lot this season and enjoy this beautiful state that we live in and get some reprieve from the daily stress.  Good luck and be safe out there.  

Types of Street-legal ATV’s

 An all-terrain vehicle that is a Type I or Utility Type Vehicle (UTV) may be inspected and registered as a Street-legal ATV.  These types are defined as:

“All-terrain Type I Vehicle” means any motor vehicle 52 inches or less in width, having an unladen dry weight of 1,500 pounds or less, traveling on three or more low-pressure tires, having a seat designed to be straddled by the operator, and designed for or capable of travel over unimproved terrain.

 “Utility Type Vehicle” means any recreational vehicle designed for and capable of travel over unimproved terrain: traveling on four or more tires, having a width of 30 to 70 inches, having an unladen dry weight of 2,200 pounds or less, having a seat height of 25 to 40 inches when measured at the forward edge of the seat bottom, and having side by side seating with a steering wheel for control. “Utility type vehicle” does not include an all-terrain type I vehicle, an all-terrain type II vehicle, a motorcycle, or a snowmobile.

Safety Inspection

A safety inspection must be completed before being registered for the first time, even if it is an exempt model year. After the first year of registration, the ATV must follow the current safety inspection frequency of every other year for the first eight years based on the model year. After it is eight years old, it will be required to have a safety inspection every year. The safety inspection certificate, regardless if it is a paper or on-line certificate will have an ‘ATV’ watermark in the background. This watermark is present to assist the DMV in identifying the type of registration to process.

Registration

 Every Street-legal ATV is required to be registered to operate under this new law. Upon registration, the ATV owner will be issued a license plate the same size as are issued to motorcycles.

Insurance

 Every ATV must be insured to operate as a street-legal ATV. The same insurance requirements that a “motor vehicle” must have also applies to Street-legal ATV’s.

Driver License

 The same driver license requirements that a “motor vehicle” must have also applies to Street-legal ATV’s. (Class D Operator’s License)

 

Requirements

Effective 5/8/2018
Superseded 1/1/2019
41-6a-1509 Street-legal all-terrain vehicle — Operation on highways — Registration and
licensing requirements — Equipment requirements.
(1)
(a) An all-terrain type I vehicle, all-terrain type II vehicle, or all-terrain type III vehicle, that meets
the requirements of this section may be operated as a street-legal ATV on a street or highway
unless:
(i) the highway is an interstate freeway as defined in Section 41-6a-102; or
(ii)
(A) the highway is in a county of the first class;
(B) the highway is near a grade-separated portion of the highway;
(C) the highway has a posted speed limit of 50 miles per hour or greater; and
(D) the highway authority with jurisdiction over the highway has designated a portion of a
highway as closed to street-legal ATVs.
(b) The restriction to street-legal ATVs described in Subsection (1)(a)(ii) is effective when
appropriate signs giving notice are erected on the highway or portion of the highway.
(c) Nothing in this section authorizes the operation of a street-legal ATV in an area that is not
open to motor vehicle use.
(2) A street-legal ATV shall comply with Subsection 41-1a-205(1), Subsection 53-8-205(1)(b), and
the same requirements as:
(a) a motorcycle for:
(i) traffic rules under Title 41, Chapter 6a, Traffic Code;
(ii) registration, titling, odometer statement, vehicle identification, license plates, and registration
fees under Title 41, Chapter 1a, Motor Vehicle Act;
(iii) fees in lieu of property taxes or in lieu of fees under Section 59-2-405.2; and
(iv) the county motor vehicle emissions inspection and maintenance programs under Section
41-6a-1642;
(b) a motor vehicle for:
(i) driver licensing under Title 53, Chapter 3, Uniform Driver License Act; and
(ii) motor vehicle insurance under Title 41, Chapter 12a, Financial Responsibility of Motor
Vehicle Owners and Operators Act; and
(c) an all-terrain type I or type II vehicle for off-highway vehicle provisions under Title 41, Chapter
22, Off-Highway Vehicles, and Title 41, Chapter 3, Motor Vehicle Business Regulation Act,
unless otherwise specified in this section.
(3)
(a) The owner of an all-terrain type I vehicle being operated as a street-legal ATV shall ensure
that the vehicle is equipped with:
(i) one or more headlamps that meet the requirements of Section 41-6a-1603;
(ii) one or more tail lamps;
(iii) a tail lamp or other lamp constructed and placed to illuminate the registration plate with a
white light;
(iv) one or more red reflectors on the rear;
(v) one or more stop lamps on the rear;
(vi) amber or red electric turn signals, one on each side of the front and rear;
(vii) a braking system, other than a parking brake, that meets the requirements of Section
41-6a-1623;
(viii) a horn or other warning device that meets the requirements of Section 41-6a-1625;
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(ix) a muffler and emission control system that meets the requirements of Section 41-6a-1626;
(x) rearview mirrors on the right and left side of the driver in accordance with Section
41-6a-1627;
(xi) a windshield, unless the operator wears eye protection while operating the vehicle;
(xii) a speedometer, illuminated for nighttime operation;
(xiii) for vehicles designed by the manufacturer for carrying one or more passengers, a seat
designed for passengers, including a footrest and handhold for each passenger; and
(xiv) tires that:
(A) are not larger than the tires that the all-terrain vehicle manufacturer made available for the
all-terrain vehicle model; and
(B) have at least 2/32 inches or greater tire tread.
(b) The owner of an all-terrain type II vehicle or all-terrain type III vehicle being operated as a
street-legal all-terrain vehicle shall ensure that the vehicle is equipped with:
(i) two headlamps that meet the requirements of Section 41-6a-1603;
(ii) two tail lamps;
(iii) a tail lamp or other lamp constructed and placed to illuminate the registration plate with a
white light;
(iv) one or more red reflectors on the rear;
(v) two stop lamps on the rear;
(vi) amber or red electric turn signals, one on each side of the front and rear;
(vii) a braking system, other than a parking brake, that meets the requirements of Section
41-6a-1623;
(viii) a horn or other warning device that meets the requirements of Section 41-6a-1625;
(ix) a muffler and emission control system that meets the requirements of Section 41-6a-1626;
(x) rearview mirrors on the right and left side of the driver in accordance with Section
41-6a-1627;
(xi) a windshield, unless the operator wears eye protection while operating the vehicle;
(xii) a speedometer, illuminated for nighttime operation;
(xiii) for vehicles designed by the manufacturer for carrying one or more passengers, a seat
designed for passengers;
(xiv) for vehicles with side-by-side or tandem seating, seatbelts for each vehicle occupant;
(xv) a seat with a height between 20 and 40 inches when measured at the forward edge of the
seat bottom; and
(xvi) tires that:
(A) do not exceed 44 inches in height; and
(B) have at least 2/32 inches or greater tire tread.
(c) The owner of a street-legal all-terrain vehicle is not required to equip the vehicle with wheel
covers, mudguards, flaps, or splash aprons.
(4)
(a) Subject to the requirements of Subsection (4)(b), an operator of a street-legal all-terrain
vehicle, when operating a street-legal all-terrain vehicle on a highway, may not exceed the
lesser of:
(i) the posted speed limit; or
(ii) 50 miles per hour.
(b) An operator of a street-legal all-terrain vehicle, when operating a street-legal all-terrain vehicle
on a highway with a posted speed limit higher than 50 miles per hour, shall:
(i) operate the street-legal all-terrain vehicle on the extreme right-hand side of the roadway; and
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(ii) equip the street-legal all-terrain vehicle with a reflector or reflective tape to the front and
back of both sides of the vehicle.
(5)
(a) A non-resident operator of an off-highway vehicle that is authorized to be operated on the
highways of another state has the same rights and privileges as a street-legal ATV that is
granted operating privileges on the highways of this state, subject to the restrictions under
this section and rules made by the Board of Parks and Recreation, if the other state offers
reciprocal operating privileges to Utah residents.
(b) In accordance with Title 63G, Chapter 3, Utah Administrative Rulemaking Act, the Board of
Parks and Recreation shall establish eligibility requirements for reciprocal operating privileges
for nonresident users granted under Subsection (5)(a).
(6) Nothing in this chapter restricts the owner of an off-highway vehicle from operating the off-highway vehicle in accordance with Section 41-22-10.5.
(7) A violation of this section is an infraction.
Amended by Chapter 166, 2018 General Sessionterrain vehicles may be inspected provided that they have been modified to be street legal. An all-terrain type I vehicle and utility type vehicle being operated as a street-legal ATV shall be equipped with the following items, which shall comply with the regulations of the department (41-6a-1509).

 

Operating Street-Legal ATV’s

An all-terrain type I or type II vehicle that meets the requirements of this section may be operated as a street-legal ATV on a street or highway unless;

  1. The highway is an interstate freeway as defined in Section 41-6a-102 or
  2. The highway is in a county of a first-class. (Currently, only Salt Lake County is a county of a first-class.)
  3. The highway is near a grade-separated portion of the highway
  4. The highway has a posted speed limit of 50 miles per hour or greater and
  5. The highway authority with jurisdiction over the highway has designated a portion of a highway as closed to street-legal ATVs.

A Street-legal ATV is not authorized to be used in an area that is open to motor vehicle use.

An all-terrain type I or Type II vehicle that meets the requirements of this section may be operated as a street-legal ATV on a street or highway that is a highway with one lane in each direction.  An operator of a street-legal all-terrain vehicle, when operating a street-legal all-terrain vehicle on a highway in accordance with this section, may not exceed the lesser of the posted speed limit or 50 miles per hour.

An operator of a street-legal all-terrain vehicle, when operating a street-legal all-terrain vehicle on a highway with a posted speed limit higher than 50 miles per hour, shall;

  1. Operate the street-legal all-terrain vehicle on the extreme right-hand side of the roadway and
  2. Shall equip the street-legal all-terrain vehicle with a reflector or reflective tape to the front and back of both sides of the vehicle.

 

Utah ATV Street Legal Requirements May 9, 2017