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Indiana Department of Natural Resources

Outdoor Recreation > Trails > Motorized > ORV/Snowmobile Registration Off-Road Vehicle (ORV) & Snowmobile Registration

ORV and snowmobile registrations are now completed by the Indiana Bureau of Motor Vehicles (BMV). Owners are able to complete registration and other related transactions at any BMV branch in Indiana or online at http://www.mybmv.com/. We realize there may be some adjustments to this new system. We apologize for any inconvenience.

How do I register my vehicle with the BMV?

If your vehicle was previously registered with DNR, your DNR registration will remain valid until its expiration date. After January 1, 2014, when you are ready to renew,  visit http://www.mybmv.com/ and create a myBMV account. Go to ‘my Registrations > Register an Off-Road Vehicle or Snowmobile.’ The off-road vehicle and/or snowmobile title(s) the BMV has on record for you will be listed on the ‘my Off-Road Vehicle or Snowmobile Registration page. Simply select the vehicle that you choose to register and follow the registration wizard.

If you have not titled your off-road vehicle and it is less than five (5) model years old, you must visit a BMV License Branch and apply for a certificate of title prior to processing a registration. Snowmobiles do not require a title regardless of model year. If a title is not required, you may process a registration for your vehicle online. Enter the Vehicle Identification Number (VIN) twice and select “Validate VIN.” You may also be prompted to enter the year, make, and model. Once the vehicle information has been entered, select the vehicle to register and follow the registration wizard.

Off-road vehicle and snowmobile registrations may also be processed at any BMV License Branch.  Requests for replacement registration documents and/or decals must be processed at a BMV License Branch, replacement transactions are not available at this time on the website.

Why do I have to register my vehicle?

Indiana law IC 14-16-1 states that all ORV/snowmobiles purchased after December 31, 2003 must be registered. The purpose of registration is twofold (1) to provide correct information for law enforcement to track stolen or improperly used vehicles, and (2) the revenue is used to improve, maintain, and administer the motorized programs, properties, and trails.

Are there any exemptions to mandatory registration?

Yes, IC 14-16-1-8(c) has a listing of the exemptions. In addition, IC 14-8-2-185 has a listing of vehicles that are not considered ORVs. If you ride an ORV or snowmobile recreationally the exemptions will not apply. If your vehicle is a licensed street legal vehicle you are not required to have an off-road (ORV) registration. However, you may register your vehicle as an ORV with the Bureau of Motor Vehicles (BMV) which will help fund and improve motorized recreation in Indiana.

What about titles?

IC 9-17-2-1 states an ORV less than five (5) model years old must obtain a certificate of title. This is the same process as getting a title for your car or boat and is done through the Bureau of Motor Vehicles (BMV).

I am not a resident of Indiana, what do I do?

First, determine if your home state requires ORVs/ OHVs or snowmobiles to be registered. In this case, registration is defined by IC 14-16-1-9(b) as

(1) A certificate of registration containing the following:

(A) The number awarded to the vehicle.
(B) The name and address of the owner.
(C) Other information that the department considers necessary.

(2) Two (2) decals indicating the vehicle's registration number and the year in which the registration will expire that must be attached to the vehicle.

(C) A certificate of registration must:
(1) be pocket size;
(2) accompany the vehicle; and
(3) be made available for inspection upon demand by a law enforcement officer.

In Indiana, an ORV or snowmobile registration certificate includes the vehicle identification number (VIN).

CAUTION: Many states have “permits,” “decals,” “passes” and/or require titling. THESE ARE NOT REGISTRATIONS and do not allow you to ride in Indiana without a valid registration.

If your state requires ORV registration that complies with the information above, then IC 14-16-1-19 allows out-of-state residents use of our facilities for up to 20 days a year.

Indiana recognizes most out-of-state snowmobile registrations, but many out-of-state ORV registrations are not compatible with Indiana’s legal definition and information requirement.

Out-of-state residents may register their ORV or snowmobile through the Indiana BMV.

Can I register my golf cart?

No. IC 14-8-2-185 clearly states that golf carts are NOT off road vehicles and cannot be registered through the DNR.

How much does it cost to register my vehicle?

The current cost is $30 for 3 years.

When will I be legal to ride my vehicle?

When you receive your registration in the mail and your decals are properly displayed on your vehicle.

How can I legally ride the vehicle I just purchased?

Keep a copy of your bill of sale with you. It allows you to operate your vehicle for 31 days after purchase. The bill of sale must include date of purchase, the make, model, and vehicle identification number (VIN) of the vehicle. (IC 14-16-1-8)