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All-terrain vehicle (ATV) or Dirt Bikes

You do not need a permit or license to operate an all-terrain vehicle (ATV) in New Jersey. However, the vehicle must be registered and you must observe the following regulations:
  • Operator must be at least 14 years old
  • Always carry proof of liability insurance and current registration
  • Use the ATV or Dirt Bike for off-road use only
  • If you are under 18 years old, you must enroll in the ATV Safety Institute course to operate an ATV, if you are operating a dirtbike you must enroll in the safety course provided by to obtain a safety certificate*. For information on fees and duration of the course, please check their website or call (800) 887-2887
  • Anyone under the age of 16 is prohibited from operating an ATV or Dirt Bike with an engine capacity greater than 90 cubic centimeters during training or while on public lands or waters or to cross a public roadway
  • Individuals cannot sell more powerful ATVs or Dirt Bikes to anyone under 16 years of age

*If you are under 18 years old and only operate an ATV or Dirt Bikes at licensed special events, you are exempt from the safety education course. You are also exempt if the ATV or Dirt Bike is used on public lands or waters or across a public highway as an incident to or in the actual performance of the operations of a farm that is adjacent to the public land and or water or public highway upon which the vehicle is being operated.