OHV Decal, Title, License Plate, and Registration


OHV Decal

The OHV Decal is a sticker that must be purchased annually to allow your OHV to be operated within Arizona. The decal will need to be applied to the upper left corner of your license plate, and your license plate will need to be visibly displayed on the rear of your OHV.

An off-highway vehicle is any motor vehicle operated on unimproved roads, trails and approved use areas not suitable for conventional two-wheel-drive vehicular travel. Examples include: ATVs, UTVs, trail motorcycles and dirt bikes.

The OHV Decal is available for purchase online at ServiceArizona.com or at a Motor Vehicle Division (MVD) Office or Authorized Third Party Provider. The cost is $25.00. The decal is valid for one year. It is the ATV/OHV owner’s responsibility to purchase subsequent year decals.

In Arizona, an OHV owner must purchase and display an Arizona OHV decal unless:

  • the person is not a resident of Arizona and …
  • the person owns the vehicle and …
  • the vehicle displays a decal or license plate from their state of residency and …
  • the vehicle is not in Arizona for more than 30 days.


If your OHV is required to have an Arizona decal, the decal must be applied to the vehicle’s license plate.



Certificate of Title

All OHVs owned by Arizona residents must have an Arizona Certificate of Title. If you are an Arizona resident and the vehicle is not titled in your name or if you are an Arizona resident with an out-of-state title, you will need to visit an MVD office or authorized third-party service provider to obtain an Arizona Certificate of Title.

Vehicles with an engine displacement of less than 49 cubic centimeters do not need a title in Arizona.


License Plate

Once a vehicle is titled, the owner will receive an Arizona license plate. The license plate must be securely attached to the rear of the vehicle so that it is clearly visible.



If you want to operate your OHV on paved or maintained roads, you must “register” your OHV to be “street legal.”

  • The OHV must be designed by the manufacturer primarily for travel over unimproved terrain and have an unladen weight of 1,800 pounds or less.
  • The OHV must display the Arizona OHV decal.
  • You must affirm that your vehicle is equipped for highway use.
  • Registered vehicles must comply with mandatory insurance requirements.
  • Vehicle emissions testing requirements may apply.


Depending on how you plan to operate your OHV in Arizona, two registration options are available.

  • Option 1: If you operate primarily off-highway, your vehicle is eligible for a waiver of the registration fee and a reduced Vehicle License Tax of $3.00 (normally higher). The OHV owner may request a free motor vehicle registration when paying for the OHV decal.
  • Option 2: If you operate primarily on improved roads and highways (such as city driving), you are required to register your vehicle through the standard vehicle registration process, including payment of all fees.



May 13, 2011 |

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