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post #1 of 15 Old August 25th, 2019, 09:47 AM Thread Starter
 
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Just when I think I have it nailed down..... I was talking with a fellow rider recently that is a resident of Arizona. In our conversation, I was told I need tires that specifically say DOT approved but I can't find that reg anywhere. Furthermore, he said turn signals were required which is in direct conflict of what I thought I knew. The qualifier was "to be street legal". Anyone have specific experience here?
Also... it appears I need multiple permits ie State Trust land,possibly OHV permit and BLM permit. Anything else?
Thanks in advance as Arizona will be one of the many states we "Snow bird"
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Re: Some clarification needed about riding in Arizona as non-resident

Turn Signals not needed (hand signals are deemed good enough). DOT tires?? OHV permit gets me on State trust and I have never heard of a BLM permit.
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Re: Some clarification needed about riding in Arizona as non-resident

To be street legal in AZ you need:
Lighted license plate
Rear view mirror
Horn
Headlights/taillights
Goggles, glasses or windshield
Hand signals are acceptable
DOT tires probably, but I've never heard of anyone getting ticketed for Non DOT tires.
Street legal plate

If you plan on riding on State Land Trust property you need their permit. I believe BLM recogizes the SLT permit. Some Forests like Tonto have a day use permit fee. The AZ OHV is definitely required for offroad use. California allows the AZ OHV sticker.
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Turn signals are not required in Arizona. If DOT tires are a requirement, it's couched in Federal regs somewhere, as there's no section in the ARS requiring them.

BLM has no permit, your OHV registration allows you to ride on BLM land. The OHV tag also allows you to operate on State Trust land, but as soon as you stop/park (even to pee, take photos, etc.), the State Trust permit is required. A lot of State Trust land isn't signposted, so you may be on State Trust land without even knowing it - good idea to have the permit just in case.

There is a new law in development which will require non-residents to purchase a non-resident OHV tag, but I can't find specifics or an effective date. One of the websites says it's effective "Fall 2019", but the link they provide says the law is still in development with details to follow.

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Turn signals are not required in Arizona. If DOT tires are a requirement, it's couched in Federal regs somewhere, as there's no section in the ARS requiring them.

BLM has no permit, your OHV registration allows you to ride on BLM land. The OHV tag also allows you to operate on State Trust land, but as soon as you stop/park (even to pee, take photos, etc.), the State Trust permit is required. A lot of State Trust land isn't signposted, so you may be on State Trust land without even knowing it - good idea to have the permit just in case.

There is a new law in development which will require non-residents to purchase a non-resident OHV tag, but I can't find specifics or an effective date. One of the websites says it's effective "Fall 2019", but the link they provide says the law is still in development with details to follow.
Can I ride in/out of a state park w/o any special use type permit?
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Turn signals are not required in Arizona. If DOT tires are a requirement, it's couched in Federal regs somewhere, as there's no section in the ARS requiring them.

BLM has no permit, your OHV registration allows you to ride on BLM land. The OHV tag also allows you to operate on State Trust land, but as soon as you stop/park (even to pee, take photos, etc.), the State Trust permit is required. A lot of State Trust land isn't signposted, so you may be on State Trust land without even knowing it - good idea to have the permit just in case.

There is a new law in development which will require non-residents to purchase a non-resident OHV tag, but I can't find specifics or an effective date. One of the websites says it's effective "Fall 2019", but the link they provide says the law is still in development with details to follow.
Can I ride in/out of a state park w/o any special use type permit?
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State Parks (if they allow riding) would require whatever their normal admission fee is, or purchasing a State Parks pass.
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To be street legal in AZ you need:
Lighted license plate
Rear view mirror
Horn
Headlights/taillights
Goggles, glasses or windshield
Hand signals are acceptable
DOT tires probably, but I've never heard of anyone getting ticketed for Non DOT tires.
Street legal plate

If you plan on riding on State Land Trust property you need their permit. I believe BLM recogizes the SLT permit. Some Forests like Tonto have a day use permit fee. The AZ OHV is definitely required for offroad use. California allows the AZ OHV sticker.

Interesting. Have rented both RZR's and X3's out in Sedona and pretty sure the rentals didn't have horns and I know one didn't have DOT tires (had BH 2.0's which had me a bit worried on all those rocks, but we made it back).
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To be street legal in AZ you need:
Lighted license plate
Rear view mirror
Horn
Headlights/taillights
Goggles, glasses or windshield
Hand signals are acceptable
DOT tires probably, but I've never heard of anyone getting ticketed for Non DOT tires.
Street legal plate

If you plan on riding on State Land Trust property you need their permit. I believe BLM recogizes the SLT permit. Some Forests like Tonto have a day use permit fee. The AZ OHV is definitely required for offroad use. California allows the AZ OHV sticker.

Interesting. Have rented both RZR's and X3's out in Sedona and pretty sure the rentals didn't have horns and I know one didn't have DOT tires (had BH 2.0's which had me a bit worried on all those rocks, but we made it back).
Some people take the "it's only illegal if you get caught" approach. When you license a RZR in AZ, they don't do an equipment inspection on it - you sign an affidavit certifying that your vehicle has all the necessary equipment. As the MVD clerk told me, "From that point, it's between you and law enforcement".

I'd think a rental agency would make the effort to be totally above board on all that stuff, but you never know. A horn is definitely a requirement for street legal in AZ, though. Arizona State Parks' website has a list of the requirements for street legal operation here (also note that it says nothing about DOT tires): https://azstateparks.com/ohv-laws-regulations
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Insurance required to be street legal
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Spdbump is correct, OHV permit and state land permit you can get online. Funny you can drive across state land, but like Spdbump said the minute you stop your illegal, say what! Regulation at it's finest. Aslo When we went to Moad UT. they honored our OHV from Arizona. Also the Arizona OHV permit is an annual renewal.

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Spdbump is correct, OHV permit and state land permit you can get online. Funny you can drive across state land, but like Spdbump said the minute you stop your illegal, say what! Regulation at it's finest. Aslo When we went to Moad UT. they honored our OHV from Arizona. Also the Arizona OHV permit is an annual renewal.
As a sidebar conversation - Utah will honor OHV reciprocity agreements with other states until Jan 01, 2020. After that, all out-of-state OHV visitors will have to purchase Utah non-resident OHV permits.

The AZ State Trust Land thing really is strange. Your OHV tag allows you to legally travel across/through State Trust Lands, but as soon as you park/stop, you're no longer traveling - you're "recreating" on that land, and the State Trust Land permit is then needed. I buy the permit every year - it's only $20, which I'm sure is a lot cheaper than the fine if you get caught without it. I do ride in areas that are clearly signposted State Trust Land, and there are a lot of other areas we ride which show up on the ASLD parcel viewer map (ASLD Parcel Viewer) as State Trust Land parcels, even though they're not signposted. We do take rest/bathroom breaks, stop to work on broken vehicles, take short hikes to look at things, etc., so it's worth having the permit for peace of mind.

If you're in Arizona and want to know where the State Trust Land is in your area, go to http://gis.azland.gov/webapps/parcel/, scroll/zoom to your area and check it out. Click on the icon in the top right that looks like a stack of three papers and choose "Trust Parcels", then the second icon to the right (with 4 horizontal lines of different lengths) to bring up the legend. If you click on any of the colored squares on the map, it brings up more information about that parcel.
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Thanks Spdbump have been lookijng for something like this, after alot of reading forums, i think I will install a samsung with the Nav program. Currently ride in the Yuma area
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I don't know where its enforced or not but DOT tires are required on any public roads in the US.


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I don't know where its enforced or not but DOT tires are required on any public roads in the US.
Sort of true. The FMVSS (specifically, 49 USC 571.109) enumerates manufacturing standards for tires for passenger vehicles. It gives definitions, standards, testing/certification procedures, etc. In fact, sub-section S1 specifically sets out the scope of the section, saying: "This standard specifies tire dimensions and laboratory test requirements for bead unseating resistance, strength, endurance, and high speed performance; defines tire load ratings; and specifies labeling requirements for passenger car tires." Sub-section S4.3.1 does state that tires "shall be labeled with the symbol DOT in the manner specified in part 574 of this chapter, which shall constitute a certification that the tire conforms to applicable Federal motor vehicle safety standards." But that entire section is definitive, not authoritative; nowhere in the section is there any prohibition of operation with non-conforming tires.

Unless there's some other federal regulation I'm not aware of, that authoritative responsibility would fall to the individual states, to be enumerated in their statutes pertaining to vehicle operation. It's my understanding that the state would either have to have a statute specifically prohibiting the use of non-DOT rated tires upon the highway, or at the very least, a "catch-all" section for operation with any equipment not in conformance with federal standards. I don't believe you could be cited for the 49 USC section because there's no wording in it which explicitly prohibits operation on a highway. In fact, operation (on a highway or otherwise) isn't even mentioned in the section. The only authoritative part of the section is sub-section S6, which says: "S6. Nonconforming tires. No tire that is designed for use on passenger cars and manufactured on or after October 1, 1972, but does not conform to all the requirements of this standard, shall be sold, offered for sale, introduced or delivered for introduction into interstate commerce, or imported into the United States, for any purpose." The entire section is aimed at manufacturers/importers/retailers, not end-use consumers. And that's without even considering the fact that UTVs may or may not even fall into the FMVSS definition of "passenger car", so the entire section may not even apply to tires manufactured for use on UTVs.


[ETA:] As far as Arizona goes, I've often heard people claim that DOT tires are a legal requirement, but I have yet to find any section in the ARS which specifically says so. For something to be illegal, it has to be codified somewhere - you can't break a law if the law doesn't exist. If anybody has ever actually been cited for it, I'd be curious to know what ARS section was used on the citation.
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There is a new law in development which will require non-residents to purchase a non-resident OHV tag, but I can't find specifics or an effective date. One of the websites says it's effective "Fall 2019", but the link they provide says the law is still in development with details to follow.
UPDATE - Effective Sept. 01, 2019, AZ non-residents must purchase a non-resident OHV decal to operate legally in AZ: https://www.azgfd.com/nonresident-oh...sunday-sept-1/




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Nonresident OHV decal on sale Sunday, Sept. 1 Posted August 27, 2019

New decal required for nonresidents to ride in Arizona, purchased only through AZGFD


PHOENIX — Out-of-state residents wishing to legally ride their off-highway vehicle and support OHV trail maintenance, education and law enforcement efforts in Arizona can purchase a nonresident OHV decal beginning Sunday, Sept. 1.

The new decal was supported and pushed by the OHV riding community during the 2019 legislative session and was signed into law by Gov. Doug Ducey. The law requires nonresident OHV owners to purchase a decal to operate the machines within the state.

All OHVs designed by the manufacturer primarily for use over unimproved terrain and that weigh 2,500 pounds or less are required by law to display a valid OHV decal to operate on public and state trust lands. This includes “street legal” OHVs that meet these two requirements.

Before the law was passed, nonresident OHV owners could ride their machines within the state for up to 30 days only if their state had a similar in-state resident decal program. There is no longer a grace period allowing nonresidents to operate without an Arizona decal and owners are now required to purchase a decal before operating their machines within the state.

Those caught riding without a current decal can be fined.

Sample nonresident OHV decal


Both resident and nonresident OHV decals cost $25 (plus a processing fee) and are good for one year from the purchase date. While the resident OHV decal can be purchased at any Arizona Department of Transportation Motor Vehicle Division office or at www.servicearizona.com, the nonresident OHV decal can only be purchased online through an Arizona Game and Fish Department portal account, which can be created at www.azgfd.gov by clicking “My Account.”

After registering for a new account, users should click on “AZGFD Apps” and select “special licenses” from the dropdown menu to purchase the nonresident decal. The decal will not be sold at AZGFD offices and nonresidents with multiple machines must purchase additional decals as each OHV must have its own decal. Owners should also know that:
  • Decals are not transferable between OHVs.
  • The nonresident OHV decal will be mailed within two to three weeks from the date of purchase, but purchasers can show their emailed receipt (or a screenshot of it) for up to 30 days as proof of decal purchase. Owners/riders must have the receipt readily available if requested by law enforcement or until they receive their decal.
  • Exemptions from the law include those participating in OHV special events; operating on private land; loading or unloading from a vehicle; operating during an emergency, if directed by a law enforcement officer; or if the OHV it displays a valid dealer license plate.
  • Helmets are required by law to be worn by all operators and passengers under the age of 18, but they’re strongly recommended for everyone.

Funding raised by the decal program supports OHV opportunities and rider education in the state. Thirty percent of the funds collected go into the state’s Highway User Revenue Fund, which is distributed to counties and cities for road and highway maintenance. The remaining 70 percent of the funds are split as follows:
  • 60 percent to Arizona State Parks for grants and agreements, trail construction, development and maintenance, signage and maps.
  • 35 percent to the Arizona Game and Fish Department for law enforcement, education and outreach.
  • 5 percent to the Arizona State Land Department for mitigation, signage and enforcement.
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