ORV Licenses: prices, requirements and how to buy

Michigan's ORV license structure changed in 2014. The new structure will help create a world-class trail network with increased enjoyment for the state's 200,000 registered ORV owners and additional economic benefit to local communities. See What You Get: Raising the Bar on Outdoor Fun for more details on these improvements.

Individuals riding in any places other than private property (trails or otherwise) pay $26.25 annually. Riders wishing to use state-designated trails pay an additional $10 annually, for a total of $36.25. The additional revenue will allow the DNR to add miles of trails and connections to communities and provide for the inspection, maintenance and improved safety of the trail network.

The chart below will help you determine whether you need an ORV license, trail permit, neither or both.

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Designated ORV trails (for vehicles 50" in width or less) Designated ORV routes passable by a conventional 2-wheel drive passenger vehicle 1. Designated ORV routes not passable by conventional two-wheel drive passenger vehicle; AND, 2. designated scramble areas Frozen surface of public waters
Vehicle Type↓
Street-licensed ORV ORV License and Trail permit None ORV License and Trail permit None
Regular ORV (not street-licensed) ORV License and Trail permit ORV License and Trail permit ORV License and Trail permit ORV License
Street-licensed motorcycle ORV License and Trail permit None ORV License and Trail permit None
Off-road motorcycle (not street licensed) ORV License and Trail permit ORV License and Trail permit ORV License and Trail permit ORV License
Off-road, street-licensed motorcycle ORV License and Trail permit None ORV License and Trail permit None
Street-licensed truck or passenger vehicle Not permissible None ORV License and Trail permit None


Click here for a printable version of this chart

Where to buy an ORV license:

Michigan Department of Natural Resources
PO Box 30181
Lansing MI 48909