Off Highway Vehicle Registration Information
Off-Highway Vehicle (OHV):
A motorized vehicle when operated primarily off of highways on land, water, snow, ice or other natural terrain or on a combination of land, water, snow, ice or other natural terrain. Includes a two-wheel, three-wheel or four-wheel vehicle, motorcycle, four-wheel drive vehicle, dune buggy, amphibious vehicle, ground effects or air cushion vehicle, and any other means of land transportation deriving motive power from a source other than muscle or wind.
ROV (Recreational Off-Highway Vehicle):
An ROV C sometimes broadly referred to as a side-by-side or UTV C is a motorized off-highway vehicle designed to travel on four or more non-highway tires, with a steering wheel, and non-straddle seating equipped with seat belts. Some models are designed with seats for a driver and one or more passengers.
Title, User Fee and Registration
The Arizona Department of Transportation, Motor Vehicle Division (MVD) is the issuing agency for certificates of title, registration, license plates and the OHV Decal. MVD offices are located statewide and online services are available at http://www.servicearizona.com/
Title: A certificate of title is proof of ownership for motor vehicles. Since 1985, most OHVs have been required to obtain an Arizona certificate of title. As of July 1, 2009, all OHVs in Arizona will need to be titled. All OHVs must have and properly display a license plate.
Title-Only License Plate: The title-only license plate is currently identified by the letters "RV" displayed on it.This is an identification plate and does not allow travel on roads that require "street-legal" registration. (For exceptions see www.azgfd.gov/ohv.)
Registration License Plate: The registration license plate is currently identified by the letters "MC" displayed on it. This "street legal" plate does allow travel on roads, trails and areas on which registration is required. It is your responsibility to ensure that your vehicle meets the necessary "street legal" requirements.
Displaying your License Plate: License plates are required to be securely attached to the rear of your vehicle and clearly displayed.
OHV Decal: A vehicle designed by the manufacturer primarily for travel over unimproved terrain and having an unladen weight of 1,800 pounds or less requires the annual purchase of an OHV Decal to operate on public and state lands. You must display the OHV Decal in the upper left-handcorner of the license plate.
OHV Decal exceptions (ARS 28-1178A)
You do not need an OHV Decal if you are:
Non-resident OHV Decal requirements
OHV DECAL, TITLE & LICENSE PLATE REQUIREMENTS
What is the OHV Decal?
What is considered an off-highway vehicle for the purpose of obtaining the OHV Decal?