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  1. John Stewart
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  3. Tuesday, 02 April 2019

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.

Questions? Learn about Michigan’s ORV license and permit requirements on the DNR website, or contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., 989-426-9205.

John Stewart Managing Editor - 4x4Voice - 4x4Wire - MUIRNet.net Natural Resources Consultant - California Four Wheel Drive Association - http://www.cal4wheel.com Board of Directors - BlueRibbon Coalition http://www.sharetrails.org

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