ORV Licenses: prices, requirements and how to buy

Individuals riding in any places other than private property (trails or otherwise) pay $26.25 (for the ORV License) annually. Riders wishing to use state-designated trails pay an additional $10 (for the ORV trail permit) 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.

  Designated ORV trails (for vehicles 50" in width or less) Designated ORV routes passable by conventional 2-wheel drive passenger vehicle Designated ORV routes not passable by conventional 2-wheel drive passenger vehicle and scramble areas Frozen surface of public waters
Street-licensed ORV Both Neither Both Neither
Regular ORV (not street-licensed) Both Both Both ORV License
Street-licensed motorcycle Both Neither Both Neither
Off-road motorcycle (not street licensed) Both Both Both ORV License
Off-road, street-licensed motorcycle Both Neither Both Neither
Street-licensed truck or passenger vehicle Not permissible Neither Both Neither


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