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Off-Highway Vehicle (OHV) Program
Off-Highway Vehicle (OHV) Program
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Registrations and Renewals

  • Any off-highway vehicles (OHVs) operated on public land or trails in Colorado​​​ must be registered.

  • Any boat with a motor or sail operated in Colorado on any public waters  must be registered

  • Any snowmobiles operated on public land or trails in Colorado must be registered.​​

For detailed registration information, see the OHVs, Boats, and Snowmobiles Registrations page​.


Off-Highway Vehicle Grant Award Program Brochure Cover 


Off-Highway Vehicle Grant Program Brochure​​​​


​​​​​​​​​​​​Colorado’s Off-highway Vehicle Program CPW’s OHV Program is statutorily created in sections 33-14.5-101 through 33-14.5-113, Colorado Revised Statutes. The program is funded through the sale o​f OHV registrations and use permits. It is estimated that more than 170,000 OHVs were registered or permitted for use in Colorado during the 2014-2015 season. The price of either an annual OHV registration or a use-permit is $25.25.  Funds are used to support the statewide OHV Program, the OHV Registration Program and OHV Trail Grant Program, including OHV law enforcement.​

The OHV Program provides registration and use permit services for all Colorado and out of state residents who wish to access designated OHV trails on Colorado's public lands. Per state statute, all OHV registration and use permit receipts are devoted to the promotion and support of OHV recreation in Colorado. The OHV Program site provides law and regulation information, links to organizations and clubs, and safety information. Check out the "Where to Ride" page for links to OHV trails across Colorado.

There are many laws​​ and regulations​ that pertain to the use of OHV's in the state of Colorado that help to promote the safety of the user and the public. To find more information regarding required equipment for OHV use, visit the laws and regulations page.​

Benefits of the OHV Registration Program
The Colorado OHV Registration Program user fees fund trail maintenance, construction, trailheads, parking areas, support facilities, trail signs, ​maps, and education. It ​enables law enforcement personnel to identify and return stolen vehicles, encourages safe and responsible OHV use, and promotes respect for public lands. 
Many different groups benefit from OHV registration, including

  • OHV owners and operators;

  • Towns and counties that want to attract OHV recreationalist to enhance local economies.

  • The general public; educated OHV enthusiasts are more conscientious and better stewards of the land and many OHV trail projects address and resolve environmental issues such as stream crossing and erosion problems.

Registration funds also enable local, state and federal land managers to better manage our natural resources.
Annually, this direct benefit to enthusiasts funds over $4 million in trail opportunities and improvements. OHV funding allows federal land management agencies to devote a greater amount of their own trail resources to needed non-motorized trail maintenance.

Register an Off-Highway Vehicle, check on the status of a registration or find contact information for the Registration Uni​t​​.