If you live in Michigan, a few simple changes and a simple state inspection are all it takes to get your SxS roadside approval! Our experienced team can make you Michigan TR-54 compliant in no time! It then appears that if your UTV is street legal when registering out of state, you don`t need to wear a helmet either. On the other hand, occupants of ORVs who do not have a traffic permit must wear a helmet in the limited circumstances in which they can use public roads, and we could imagine that local law enforcement might expect the same from a street-approved UTV registered outside the state. Unfortunately, the law does not specifically address this situation, so for this reason and for safety reasons, we recommend wearing a helmet when driving a UTV on public roads. Helmets are not necessary for road traffic, but are necessary in ORV areas and other off-road situations Converting a side-by-side vehicle to an assembled vehicle requires significant modifications, numerous inspections, and waiting for the DMV, resulting in a minimum turnaround time of 3-4 months from start to finish. These requirements are much stricter than those in Montana and South Dakota, and you can register your UTV in these states without ever leaving your home (see How to Make Your Street UTV Legal). The resulting out-of-state registration allows you to drive your UTV on public roads in Michigan and beyond with very few restrictions. If the accident involved a motor vehicle that falls under Michigan`s No-Fault Insurance Act, you may be eligible for personal injury insurance (PIP) under that policy. However, in most cases, you will likely have to claim benefits from your health, liability or accident insurance. Since off-road vehicle crash situations vary considerably, these incidents should be considered on a case-by-case basis. We can certainly help you determine the liability, coverage, benefits and other dynamics that may come into play in determining liability and which parties should be compensated. If you or someone you know has been injured in such an incident, please feel free to call us at 855-MIKE-WINS (855-645-3946) to describe what happened and we can take over from there. Now that we`ve outlined the main categories of off-road vehicles – ATVs, UTVs, and golf carts (aka LSVs) – let`s go over some common questions people have asked about them. In addition to the regular three-year registration of snowmobiles, all snowmobiles used on public lands must have an annual snowmobile licence badge.
This applies to both residents and non-residents. Snowmobiles used for ice fishing on private land or only on frozen public waters are exempt from the hiking permit. We`re glad you`re hitting the road no matter how you do it, but if you`re interested in signing up out of state, but the DMV`s thought keeps you up at night, our team of experts can register your UTV as a roadside approval on your behalf while you close all browser tabs you`ve opened on mounted vehicles. Reclassifying a UTV as a road-mounted vehicle in Michigan involves a two-step state inspection process, assigning a new Michigan state chassis number, and installing several parts of the road right. Then, call your local police department and have an officer meet with you to perform a side-by-side roadside inspection for an assembled vehicle registration. At the meeting, the officer completes the form and inspects the vehicle to ensure that all parts are present, functional and installed safely. After the meeting, bring the vehicle title and the completed TR-54 to your local branch (DMV) and request registration of the vehicle fitted. See locations. To operate as an ORV in Michigan, you must obtain an off-road vehicle permit from the Michigan Department of Natural Resources and affix the appropriate sticker to the back of your UTV. For state-managed trails and some ORV areas, an additional trail permit is required. These requirements also apply to non-residents and UTVs registered as permitted on the road in other states.
(a) At least 2 headlights (b) at least 1 tail light (c) at least 1 stop lamp and 1 mechanical warning light or device (d) at least 1 red reflector on each side of the golf cart as far as practicable to the rear and 1 red reflector on the rear of the golf cart (e) An exterior mirror on the driver`s side of the golf cart and either 1 exterior mirror on the passenger side of the golf cart, i.e. 1 interior rear-view mirror (f) Brakes and parking brake (g) A horn (h) Windshield (i) Manufacturer`s identification number permanently affixed to the chassis of the golf cart. (j) Seat belts (e) An off-highway vehicle, whether or not the manufacturer`s original certificate of origin indicates that it is an off-highway vehicle. Golf carts are becoming increasingly difficult to define clearly, as these vehicles (which were once prohibited from carrying pads and equipment on links) are more commonly used as a means of daily transportation in resort-style areas sometimes referred to as “golf cart communities.” There`s even a safety group dedicated exclusively to golf carts – the National Golf Cart Association, which also calls them LSV (Low Speed Vehicles). In fact, golf carts are probably used more often outside golf courses than on golf courses! LSVs can range from compact cars for two people to massive units that can carry six (or up to eight) passengers. There`s even a high-level electric LSV called eMoke, which looks a bit like a baby jeep and is road-legal from the get-go. (By “street legal,” by the way, we don`t mean you can take one on I-75. More on that in a moment.) Since not all LSVs are created equal, let`s take golf carts as a good example. Specifically, Michigan vehicle code 257.657a requires a golf cart to have the following compliant equipment to be considered legal on the road: If your UTV is street legal in Michigan as a mounted vehicle, you don`t need to wear a helmet. Many elements of the Michigan PHEV guidelines are beyond the scope of this guide. Fortunately, the Michigan Off-Road Vehicle Handbook (PDF) is the most comprehensive and organized resource we found when researching all 50 states plus Washington, DC, and 5 U.S.
territories for this guide. It covers registration, restrictions, laws, and safety practices for off-road vehicles and is a must for anyone looking to drive off-road in Michigan. Yes! Michigan is one of the few states where a UTV can be approved by road through a formal state process. Road-approved UTVs registered as Michigan-assembled vehicles become regular road vehicles, the highest possible road legality in the United States. Michigan allows off-road vehicles such as UTVs and side-by-side vehicles to be reclassified as assembled vehicles. Vehicles with gantry seats are not permitted, nor are surplus military vehicles or certain imported mini-trucks. Off-road vehicles (ORVs), off-road vehicles (ATVs) and off-road buggies may be referred to as vehicles mounted for on-road use. At the end of this process, your UTV will be street legal in Michigan and beyond. He can now drive legally on any road a car can, and thanks to reciprocal registration agreements between states, he can even cross state borders. Michigan allows ORVs to cross public roads (except controlled access roads) at right angles after stopping.
All snowmobiles must be registered unless they are only used on private property. The registration number of the snowmobile is printed on the sticker of the three-year-old snowmobile. Snowmobile stickers must be affixed “on each side of the front half of the hood above the footpost of the snowmobile.” Side-by-side security will be checked again, the new VIN sticker will be applied and you will receive the new title. You will then need to purchase a no-fault Michigan insurance policy for the vehicle with its new VIN. The new policy will be essentially the same as a normal policy for cars or trucks. Once the vehicle is actively insured, go back to your local DMV with the new title and proof of insurance in hand and request the purchase of a license plate. Finally, install the license plate on the vehicle and go. •Safety glass (no plexiglass, size sufficient to protect driver and passengers, no cracks, no obstacles, non-transparent material prohibited)• Driver`s side exterior mirror (adjustable) If a motor vehicle was originally manufactured as an ORV, it is considered an ORV (despite all modifications) and it is prohibited to operate on designated snowmobile trails. General rules for driving ORVs on forest roads, frozen waters and more. Anything commonly referred to as UTV should be road legal in Michigan using this procedure. Vehicles assembled in Michigan can be driven like regular cars and trucks without the usual restrictions often associated with legal ORV registrations on the road.
There are no distance restrictions, hours of operation or approved route lists to follow, and helmets are not required. Michigan offers the rare opportunity to make a UTV fully legal on the street, period. Some areas require other forms of off-road registration in Michigan, such as an ORV trail permit and/or a Parks Pass. Make sure you see in advance what is required of you and your machine. Refer to the following resources: With that in mind, registering in another state might be easier than signing up through Michigan with minimal inconvenience, depending on your situation. • Parking brake (required for ORVs/UTVs for on-road use) In Michigan, UTVs and other off-road vehicles not registered as authorized on the road cannot use public roads or hard shoulders unless specifically approved for ORV use. This includes the national network of off-road vehicle connecting roads, which connect sections of official hiking trails. In addition, local governments such as cities and counties may designate alternative roads for the use of ORVs.