ORV License and Permit Requirements

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When do I need an ORV license?

An ORV license ($26.25) is required to ride eligible county roads, frozen surface of public waters, state forest roads (that are open to ORV use) and eligible national forest roads. A license is not required to operate on private lands.

When do I need an ORV trail permit?

An ORV trail permit (an additional $10 for a total of $36.25) is required when operating on designated ORV Trail / Routes and special ORV-use areas. A trail permit is not required for private lands. ORV trail permits are not valid as a stand-alone license; an ORV license must also be purchased.

Where do I purchase an ORV license and/or trail permit?

* The option to purchase ORV licenses and trail permits at DNR customer service centers is temporarily unavailable.

ORV Permits and License Requirements

Type of vehicle 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