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Bureau of Motor Vehicles

Bureau of Motor Vehicles

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"Off-road vehicle" is defined as a motor driven vehicle capable of cross-country travel without benefit of a road, on or immediately over land, water, snow, ice, marsh, swampland, or other natural terrain. This includes the following vehicle types:

  1. A multi-wheel drive or low pressure tire vehicle.
  2. An amphibious machine.
  3. A ground effect air cushion vehicle.
  4. An all-terrain vehicle (ATV).
  5. A recreational off-highway vehicle.
  6. Other means of transportation deriving motive power from a source other than muscle or wind.

The following vehicle types are not considered off-road vehicles and are not required to be titled with the BMV.

  1. A farm vehicle being used for farming, including, but not limited to, a farm wagon.
  2. A vehicle used for military or law enforcement purposes.
  3. A construction, mining, or other industrial related vehicle used in performance of the vehicle's common function, including, but not limited to, a farm wagon.
  4. A snowmobile.
  5. A registered aircraft.
  6. A golf cart vehicle.
  7. Any other vehicle properly registered by the bureau of motor vehicles.
  8. Any watercraft that is registered under Indiana statutes.


In Indiana, off-road vehicles (ORVs) that are less than five (5) model years old must be titled with the BMV. If you have recently purchased or received as a gift an ORV less than five (5) model years old, you must title within thirty-one (31) days of purchase to avoid a delinquent title fee.

An ORV that is at least five (5) model years or older may be titled voluntarily.

Dealers may prepare an application for a certificate of title for a purchaser of an off-road vehicle which requires title and may submit the application for the certificate of title to the BMV on behalf of the customer.


All ORVs, including those older than five (5) model years, operated in Indiana must be registered with the BMV and display valid ORV decals unless otherwise exempt. Operation of properly registered ORVs is permitted on Indiana public property where authorized by the Department of Natural Resources, roadways where authorized by the county highway department, and on private property with the consent of the landowner. The BMV will not issue license plates regardless of equipment modifications such as turn signals or windshield wipers added to the vehicle.

ORV registrations can be ordered through or at any license branch. If a title is required, the title must already be applied for prior to registering your ORV online. You will receive your Certificate of Registration and decal within 14 days.