Off-road engines are being revved up across the state as Michigan’s transition to spring ORV riding is near. New-year licenses and permits went on sale March 1. The 2018 permits expire in just a few days, March 31.
An ORV license costs $26.25 and is required to ride eligible county roads, state forest roads open to ORV use and eligible national forest roads. A license is not needed to operate on private lands; however, an ORV trail permit is required to ride on state-designated ORV trails/routes and special ORV-use areas.
An ORV trail permit costs an additional $10 and is required when operating on designated ORV trails/routes and special ORV-use areas. A trail permit is not needed for private lands.
Jessica Holley, a statewide analyst for the DNR’s Motorized Trails Program, said that as the spring thaw and warmer temps arrive, responsible trail stewardship is very important, especially in wet conditions.
“If a trail is too wet or too muddy, riders should find another spot to ride or wait a day,” Holley said. “If everyone works together to make smart choices that protect our trails, they’ll be there longer and be safer for all off-road vehicle riders.”
ORV licenses and trail permits can be purchased online at MDNR-eLicense.com. Looking ahead, off-roaders are encouraged to enjoy two upcoming Free ORV Weekends – June 8-9 and Aug. 17-18 – when residents and out-of-state visitors can ride nearly 3,700 miles of DNR-designated routes and trails without an ORV license or permit.