Colorado Dual Sport & OHV Regulations

Colorado OHV Registration Requirements:

Who Needs to Register 

All OHVs owned an​d operated in Colorado (including motor vehicles and motorcycles that are not licensed for public road access) must display current Colorado OHV registration stickers when in a person’s possession in an OHV staging area or operated on designated OHV trails or routes in Colorado. ​

All out of state OHVs (including OHVs that display an out of state OHV registration) must also display a current Colorado OHV use permit sticker when operated on​​ designated OHV trails or routes in Colorado.

Colorado OHV Stickers

All OHVs and motor vehicles (including motorcycles) that display a valid Colo​rado OR out-of -state license plate must also display a current Colorado OHV use permit sticker when operated on designated OHV trails in Colorado.

All out of state OHVs (including OHVs that display an out of state OHV registration) must also display a current Colorado OHV use permit sticker when operated on​ designated OHV trails or routes in Colorado.

Out-of-state OHVs

Out-of-state residents who bring OHVs into Colorado must purchase a Colorado Non-Resident OHV permit which is valid from the date of purchase through the following March 31.

These permits can be purchased anywhere you get your hunting/fishing licenses in Colorado, via mail-in request, or you can order one online​.

Once purchased, this sticker should be placed on​ the vehicle's outside face of the right front fender or fork. Since this is only a use permit, no renewal notice will be sent to non-resident permit holders; you must purchase a new permit each year you come to Colorado with your OHV. 

R​​egistration Fees

The annual registration fee is $25.25. Registrations are valid from April 1 through March 31 each year. This is a flat administrative transaction fee – it cannot be prorated for a partial year's registration, and will not be subject to refund if the vehicle is sold or stolen. 

How to ​​Register

You may register your vehicle at various OHV dealers or many Colorado Parks and Wildlife offices. View our OHV Registration Agent Locations List to find the registration location nearest you. Always call ahead to ensure services are available.

Colorado Parks and Wildlife - Registration Unit
13787 South Highway 85
Littleton, CO 80125

Decal Placement

Registration decals must be affixed permanently on the upper forward-half of the OHV in a location where the decal can be easily seen. On bikes, place a decal on one of the outside faces of the upper end of the forks or on the tank.

OHV operators must carry their registration card and show it to any peace officer on request

Where the money goes: Benefits of the OHV Program

The Colorado OHV Registration Program fees fund trail maintenance, construction, trailheads, parking areas, trail signs, maps, and land acquisition.

It also enables law enforcement personnel to identify and return stolen vehicles, encourages safe and responsible OHV use, and promotes respect for public lands.

Many groups benefit from OHV registration, including:

  • OHV owners and operators; 
  • Towns and counties that want to attract OHV recreators to enhance their local economies; and ​
  • The general public; educated OHV enthusiasts are more conscientious and better stewards of the land. 

Registration funds also enable local, state and federal land managers to better manage our natural resources.

Annually, this direct benefit to enthusiast’s funds over $4 million in trail opportunities and improvements.

For an OHV Motorcycle to be ‘street legal’ and Registered in Colorado it must be inspected by the local Sheriff and have:

• Working Headlight
• Taillight
• Brake Light
• Electric Horn
• DOT Tires
• Mirror (1)
• Registration fees and Taxes paid
• Turn Signals are NOT required