Off-Highway Vehicles

Utah Non-Resident OHV Permit & Street-Legal FAQs

Utah Non-Resident OHV Permits

Street-Legal Vehicles


Utah Non-Resident OHV Permits

How long does it take for a Utah non-resident OHV permit to arrive after I purchased it online?

If you purchase a Utah non-resident OHV permit through our online vendor, it tends to take 5-10 business days to arrive. You can always purchase one online and use your email receipt until your physical one arrives. If you do not see your receipt in your email, please check the spam folder.

When does my Utah non-resident OHV permit expire?

Utah non-resident OHV permits are similar to car registration stickers. They expire one year from the date of purchase. Example: A permit with the year 2022 and the month punched out as May is set to expire on the last day of May in 2022.

I have a street-legal motorcycle. Do I need a Utah non-resident OHV permit?

If your street-legal motorcycle is registered and plated in your home state, then you do not need to purchase a Utah non-resident OHV permit. If a machine is plated and follows all of Utah’s street-legal requirements, then it is no longer considered an off-highway vehicle and is technically considered a “passenger vehicle” or in this case, a street-legal motorcycle.

Does my car/jeep/truck, etc. need a Utah non-resident OHV permit?

If your machine is registered as a “passenger vehicle,” it does not require a Utah non-resident OHV permit because it is not considered an off-highway vehicle (OHV).

Does a Utah non-resident OHV permit apply to the person or the machine?

Utah non-resident OHV permits apply to the machine. If a machine is registered out of state, it will require a Utah non-resident OHV permit to operate on trails. Exceptions to this are registered vehicles (Jeep, Tacoma, Land Rover, etc.) and street-legal motorcycles.

I am a Utah resident with a machine registered in Utah, what kind of permit do I need to operate on public land in Utah?

If you reside in Utah and your machine is registered in Utah, then you can legally operate the machine in the state of Utah on public land. 

If you reside in Utah but your machine is registered in another state, you must purchase a Utah non-resident OHV permit. The exceptions are street-legal motorcycles or machines eligible for street-legal operation in Utah. All registered vehicles (jeeps, trucks, etc.) do not require any additional permits.


Street-Legal Vehicles

What states offer street-legal reciprocity?

If another state offers reciprocal street-legal operating privileges to Utah residents, we recommend Utah street-legal owners reach out to the states they intend to visit. We encourage those owners to check with the state’s DMV or land managing agency for additional information before setting out on a ride. States and land managing agencies are constantly changing their laws and rules. It is up to the owner to be aware of these changes taking place in reciprocal states.

Does my state reciprocate with Utah?

We do not have a list of reciprocating states. The division encourages operators to check with their state’s DMV, OHV Program, or land managing agency to see if they reciprocate with Utah in regards to street-legal.  States and land managing agencies are constantly changing their laws and rules. It is up to the owner to be aware of changes taking place in the state where their machine is registered.

Is my machine considered street-legal in Utah?

The Division considers non-residents of Utah street-legal if they meet

  1. Street-legal required equipment standards
  2. Registered as street-legal
  3. If their machine’s registered state reciprocates street-legal ability with Utah residents.

Required Equipment:

• Headlamp and tail lamp

• License plate

• White lamp to illuminate registration plate

• Rear red reflector

• Rear brake lamp

• Amber or red turn signals, front and rear

• Horn or other audible warning devices

• Muffler and emissions system

• Rearview mirrors

• Illuminated speedometer

If your machine meets these three requirements, then it is considered a “passenger vehicle” and you are not required to purchase a Utah non-resident OHV permit.

My state doesn’t allow OHVs to be registered as street-legal, so can I still be street-legal in Utah?

Unfortunately, if your machine is registered in a state that does not have the street-legal ability,  it cannot be operated on roads/streets in Utah. We apologize for this inconvenience.

My state allows OHVs to be registered as street-legal but does not require a license plate. Can I operate my machine as street-legal in Utah?

Unfortunately, if your machine is registered in a state that does not require license plates on street-legal machines,  it cannot be operated on roads/streets in Utah. Street-legal machines are technically considered “passenger vehicles” in Utah and not off-highway vehicles. Utah requires all passanger vehicles to be plated. We apologize for this inconvenience.


For other questions or concerns, please contact us at ohveducation@utah.gov.

For more information on street-legal machines, please visit the Utah Division of Motor Vehicles.