OHRVs in NH - Frequently
to register their OHRV?
All OHRVs that are used off of the owner’s property must be registered.
Motorcycles that are registered for highway use must also register
as an OHRV if they are to be used off road. Conventional motor vehicles
(cars and trucks) that are registered for highway use are not required
to obtain an OHRV registration. Cars and trucks are not permitted
on OHRV trails.
Where can I register?
Registrations can be made in person at more than 200 OHRV Registration
agencies located throughout the state. Click
here for a complete listing of N.H. OHRV agents.
that sell OHRV Registrations include OHRV sales and repair shops,
goods stores, country and general stores and some marinas. Registrations
are also available by mail; call (603) 271-3422.
Do I need a driver’s license
to operate an OHRV?
You cannot operate any OHRV if your driver’s license is under suspension
or revocation in any state or Canadian Province. An OHRV Safety Education
Certificate does not override a Motor Vehicle License Suspension.
A valid motor vehicle driver's license or OHRV Safety Education Certificate is also
required to cross a public way.
Can a child legally operate
Any operator 12 years of age and over must show proof of an approved
safety education class or possess a valid motor vehicle driver's
license. Any operator under the age of 14 must be accompanied by
a licensed adult over the age of 18. Any operator under the age
of 12 cannot cross roads. Any operator under the age of 18 cannot
carry a passenger on a 3 or 4-wheel ATV. Any operator under the
age of 18 must wear a helmet and eye protection. Any passenger under
the age of 18 must wear a helmet.
How can I find out about
OHRV Safety Education courses?
Where can I ride?
More than 6,900 miles of snowmobile trails may be open in the winter
to most types of snowmobiles and OHRVs. Landowner permission is required
to operate on property of another. You can only ride on trails designated
and signed for your type of vehicle. Snowmobile trails are only open
during the winter months unless written landowner permission is obtained.
The NH Bureau of Trails
and the New
Hampshire Snowmobile Association
print statewide Snowmobile Trail maps. Local trail maps are printed
and distributed by local clubs.
Can I ride on power lines
and other utility company rights of way?
A majority of land on which the utility companies operate are private
property. The companies obtain easements for their purposes only.
Written landowner permission from each individual landowner must be
obtained if the trail is not specifically designated for OHRV use
before you can operate your OHRV.
How far can I ride
down the road?
OHRV operation is prohibited on public roads unless specifically
permitted and posted for OHRV use. Examples of permitted uses are
road crossings and trail connectors. In such areas the speed limit
is 10 MPH and OHRVs must stay to the extreme right side of the public
way. They cannot operate from trail head to trail head.
Is it illegal to operate
while under the influence of alcohol and/or drugs?
Operating an OHRV while under the influence of alcohol and/or drugs
is illegal and extremely dangerous. Nationwide, approximately 65%
of OHRV fatal crashes involve an intoxicated operator. The same laws
and penalties for operating motor vehicles while under the influence
apply to OHRVs to include implied consent, heft fines, jail time and
loss of your driving privileges. The legal blood alcohol concentration
limit for operating an OHRVs is similar to motor vehicle, .08%, or
attempting to operate while impaired.
Is my New Hampshire
registration valid in other states?
New Hampshire snowmobile
registration is valid in Vermont,
but you must purchase a Non-Resident Trails Maintenance Assessment
Pass and join the state association and local club. Some states and
provinces require proof of insurance and payment of a trail use fee
or club membership. When planning to ride in other states or provinces,
call ahead for particulars and restrictions such as dates and available
trails. Click here for information on the Vermont-N.H.-Maine reciprocal snowmobile weekend.
How can I find out about
OHRV events and activities?
The New Hampshire Snowmobile Association is the umbrella organization
that unites most of the snowmobile clubs in the state. You may automatically
become an NHSA member by joining a local club. You will also receive
their monthly publication that contains a listing of snowmobile-related
activities. Call 603-273-0220 or visit www.nhsa.com
for more information.
Wheeled-vehicle users should visit the
New Hampshire Off Highway Vehicle Association, NHOHVA, at www.nhohva.org,
or call 1-888-847-1964.
How do I register my OHRV
as an antique?
An antique OHRV is defined as one that was manufactured prior to
1969 or is at least 25 years old. This registration is available
of the state of New Hampshire only and is available by contacting
the New Hampshire Fish and Game Department
individual wheeled-vehicle clubs can be obtained by contacting
the Bureau of Trails or the Fish
and Game Department.
How much of my snowmobile
or ATV registration fee stays at Fish and Game?
Only part of the registration revenue generated by the Off-Highway Recreational Vehicle Program goes to Fish and Game. The N.H. Bureau of Trails at DRED (N.H. Department of Resources and Economic Develpment) receives a majority of the funds; 82% of the snowmobile registration monies and 57% of the wheeled-vehicle registration monies go to DRED. The remainder stays at Fish and Game as dedicated funds used for the OHRV Registry Program, Snowmobile and OHRV Safety Education Program, providing Law Enforcement for Snowmobile and Off-Highway Recreational Vehicles.
How can I learn more about OHRV laws and registration fees?
Where can I find N.H. OHRV contacts and links?