- ATVs can be extremely dangerous for young children.atv airborne image by MAXFX from Fotolia.com
The state of Montana allows individuals to use ATVs on public roads, according to the United States Forest Service. Following Montana ATV traffic laws will help you prevent fines while staying safe at the same time. Adults should supervise children closely when riding ATVs because in 2010 there have been more than 50 reported child deaths in ATV-related accidents, according to Concerned Families for ATV Safety.
Title & Registration
- If you don't fill out your title and registration paperwork with the Montana DMV, you cannot operate an ATV in Montana.papers to be signed image by Pix by Marti from Fotolia.com
All ATVs driven on Montana state land must have a title and be registered with the Montana Department of Motor Vehicles, according to ATVSafety.gov. The Montana Department of Motor Vehicles will then issue the owner a registration decal to place on his ATV.
- Individuals who move to Montana must apply for a Montana vehicle title for their ATV and register their vehicles within 60 days of establishing residency, according to the Montana Department of Justice. Even if an individual has a title for her ATV in another state, she must obtain a new title from the Montana Department of Motor Vehicles.
- Soldiers don't usually have to regsiter their vehicles with the Montana DMV.chinese soldier image by Luisafer from Fotolia.com
Military employees who do not live in Montana, but are stationed in Montana may register their vehicles in Montana or in their home jurisdiction, according to the Montana Department of Justice. However, if they are fully employed in the state of Montana, they must register their ATV in Montana.
- Nonresidents of Montana who are employed in Montana must present their current out-of-state vehicle registration to the county treasurer's office and register their vehicle in Montana, according to the Montana Department of Justice. Nonresidents must pay registration and tax fees for the state of Montana. Nonresidents can choose to pay their registration for a whole year or quarterly. Nonresidents must display their license plate from their home state and their license plate from the state of Montana on their ATV at all times.
- ATV drivers must carry their driver's license with them at all times in the state of Montana.wallet and car key image by Richard Seeney from Fotolia.com
To operate an ATV in the state of Montana, you must have a valid driver's license, according to the United States Forest Service. Individuals between the ages of 12 and 16 may operate an ATV if they have a certificate of completion for the off-highway safety education course offered by the Fish, Wildlife and Parks agency.
- Children under the age of 18 must wear a safety helmet when riding an ATV.helmet boy 2 image by Paul Moore from Fotolia.com
Drivers and passengers under the age of 18 must wear a helmet approved by the Montana Department of Justice, according to the United States Forest Service.
- Driving on a public road with two people is extremely dangerous if the ATV is only designed for one person.Road image by Janne Kallio from Fotolia.com
It's illegal for two people to ride on an ATV that's designed for one person when driving on public roads, according to the United States Forest Service.