Off-Road Vehicle (ORV) Connector Routes

The Natural Resources and Environmental Protection Act, as amended, Part 811, specifically MCL 324.81101 and MCL 324.81131, now provides that MDOT may authorize the operation of off-road vehicles (ORVs) on a highway, other than an interstate highway, subject to the requirements and restrictions of the law, and at the discretion of MDOT.
ORV connector routes are intended to provide ORV riders a legal point of access to communities, attractions and services near existing ORV routes when there are no other reasonable or viable non-highway alternative routes available. ORVs are only allowed to travel within specific approved segments of state highway right of way. Safety is MDOT's top priority when approving these segments. State law does not open up all state highway right of way to ORV use.

Only the Michigan Department of Natural Resources (MDNR) or a local unit of government may request MDOT to authorize the operation of ORVs on a segment of state trunkline. ORV clubs and trail groups interested in establishing connector routes must work through a local unit of government.

Permit Application

All MDOT permit applications for ORV connector routes should be submitted through the MDOT Permit Gateway at MDNR and local units of government should refer to Instructions for Governmental Agencies, Schools and Colleges to set up your account.

Documents and Forms

ORV Resources and Contacts