SUMMARY OF PENNSYLVANIA’S
ALL-TERRAIN VEHICLE LAW
Pennsylvania has beautiful and challenging opportunities for all-
terrain vehicle (ATV) riding. Many trails have been developed on
public and private lands to accommodate this recreational pursuit.
This pamphlet summarizes the ATV requirements of state law and
regulations. The state law is known as the Snowmobile and All-
Terrain Vehicle Law and is contained in Chapter 77 of the PA Vehicle
Code. The state regulations are in Title 17 Pa. Code Chapter 51.
This pamphlet is not intended to be a substitute for the actual law and
In addition to state law and regulations, riding on municipal and
private property may be further regulated by municipal ordinance.
Pennsylvania residents owning and intending to use their ATV in
Pennsylvania (except those used exclusively as a farm or business
vehicle) must be titled and registered with the Department of
Conservation and Natural Resources (DCNR), Snowmobile/ATV
This registration permits the machine to be operated off the owner or
operator’s private property. The registration fee is $20 for two years.
The owner is provided with a registration plate, an expiration sticker
and a Certificate of Registration wallet card.
This registration is for machines used exclusively on the property of
the owner. There is no fee and the registration does not expire. The
owner is provided with a registration plate and a card, but no
All-Terrain Vehicles are defined as follows:
Class 1 ATV – A motorized off-highway vehicle, which travels
on three or more inflatable tires and has a maximum width of 50
inches and a maximum dry weight of 1000 pounds.
Class 2 ATV – A motorized off-highway vehicle, which travels
on three or more inflatable tires and has a width which exceeds
50 inches or a dry weight which exceeds 1000 pounds.
Applications for registration of ATVs are available f