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UPDATED INFORMATION AS OF 2.14.09

Here is the link to get your new OHV Sticker

https://servicearizona.com/webapp/offhighway/decal/


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UPDATED INFORMATION AS OF 12.03.08

Please read this AZ Republic 11/27/09 article to learn about the new AZ OHV Law which will go into effect Jan 1, 2009.

http://www.azcentral.com/arizonarepu...t-outmain.html

This link will answer many of your questions.

http://www.azgfd.gov/outdoor_recreation/ohvFAQ.shtml

Contact Jim Harken , AZ Game and Fish Public Information Officer at 623 236 7223 to learn more.

ASA is currently working with the BLM, Imperial County Sheriff and the CA State Parks to understand and communicate how this new AZ law will be administered by the these agencies at the Imperial Sand Dunes.

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ORIGINAL POST 8.24.08


Here is some new information on the changes for OHV vehicles for AZ. I will create a new sticky once I have all of the details but this will give you a quick update on what's going on in AZ.

This is a brief overview of the highlights of the new legislation.

As of January 1st 2009, ALL quads, dirt bikes, UTVs and buggies will be required to have the new OHV plate. You will also be required to display the plate on your OHV. This plate will replace the current "RV" and "MC" plates.

The annual fee for the new OHV plate is estimated to be $20, with the collected funds going to OHV recreation. Arguments have been made that, in the past, the legislature has "swept" funds for OHV recreation from the Arizona State Parks OHV fund, in order to meet budget shortfalls. This is indeed true, but keep in mind that there is no way the legislature will pass a law without this ability. The bottom line is, the money we will be spending will go to what is called the "Off-highway Recreation Fund." Our responsibility is to insist that OUR money is spent wisely. It will take your involvement.

For those of us with a MC plate, you will not be able to keep the MC plate, even if you want to pay the fee for it. (You may want to consider holding off on renewing your current registration if it expires between now and January. 1st, because it won't be any good after then, and you'll be wasting your money. I certainly wouldn't be using the 2-year option for renewal.)

AZ Game and Fish estimates that the average "street legal" quad owner currently pays $97 a year for his/her "MC" registration. That money goes into the state's Highway User Revenue Fund, which contributes absolutely nothing to OHV recreation.

If you are currently "street legal" with a MC plate, and want to keep your ability to operate on maintained roads, you'll need to fill out and send in an affidavit stating that you have the required street legal equipment and liability insurance. You'll then receive an "indicia" to put on the plate, which will allow you to operate on maintained roads just as you do now. The estimated cost of the indicia is $3.

If you don't want or need the indicia, don't fill out the affidavit. You're not required to have it, unless you operate on maintained roads.

Keep in mind that you'll still have to be a licensed operator with a valid driver's license to operate on maintained roads, so even if you get the indicia for your 12 year old's quad, it still won't be legal for them to operate it on a maintained road.

Some folks have expressed concern that the current MC plate helps them maintain their "street legal" status when operating their ATV out of state. It is unknown how other states will treat this issue with the new plate and indicia. It's hard to justify how they would let an out of state rider operate on their maintained roads when they won't let their local citizens do the same.

There is no requirement in the legislation that OHVs covered by the new law will have to take the emission test required of full sized vehicles. This test is currently required if your quad is more than 5 years old and you live in the Maricopa County test zone. The test costs $20.

OHV operators are currently required to purchase an annual Arizona State Trust Land permit from the Arizona Land Department. This permit will no longer be necessary, unless you are camping or hiking on STL. (You are always exempt from the permit requirement if you are legally hunting.)

Now that the State of Arizona has instituted an OHV program, effective 010109, other states that require a non-resident OHV permit, such as Utah and New Mexico, should waive the requirement with an agreement ofreciprocity. The current Utah permit costs $30.

The bottom line is, this new legislation should save you money if you are currently street legal. If you currently have only an RV plate, it will cost you approximately $20 a year for each ATV you or your family membersride.

Where will the money go? As noted earlier, the money will go to the "Off-highway Recreation Fund." The funds will be divided between the Arizona Game and Fish Department, Arizona State Parks, Arizona State Land Department and MVD.

One issue that has been debated on local OHV forums is that AZGF will run the program. That isn't the case at all. AZGF will be required to hire 7 full time employees with money from the fund, whose job it will be to enforce the new law. The legislature felt that AZGF, which has led the effort to educate OHV riders, should take an active role in the enforcement of the new laws. Will these 7 employees be the only law enforcement officers (LEOs) who can enforce the law? Not at all, the new laws are state laws in Title 28, the transportation codes, and any LEO can enforce these laws.

The money will also be used for rider education, trail building and repair, signage and maps.

Other components of the law include the requirement that operators under 18 will now be required to wear a helmet wherever they ride. A flag will be required in dune areas and other areas designated by the appropriate land manager. There are also penalties for intentionally damaging the environment and for operating in out of bounds areas.

There are provisions in the legislation for out of state riders and special events.

You can see the actual info here on the Senate site: Chapter 0294 - 482R - H Ver of SB1167
 

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Thanks Johhny. Good info.
 

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Good info, I had a feeling they were changing things around
 

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Since the first of the year is coming fast does anyone know if the are going to send out renewal forms like car or do we need to go down to dmv to take care of this?

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I have 2010 tag on the Raptor right now - lol. I'm gonna hit the DMV one of these mornings and 'downgrade' to RV plates. That ought to be worth well over $100 of credit.

The real question is.... where are the new plates and why can't we buy the stickers now? We're illegal without 'em as of 1/1/09.

hehe - maybe it's a big anti-ATV conspiracy. You're illegal without the new plates and stickers, and you can't get the new plates/stickers if you wanted them.
 

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Since the first of the year is coming fast does anyone know if the are going to send out renewal forms like car or do we need to go down to dmv to take care of this?

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I read someplace that they aren't sending out renewals. You just need to ensure you have a current year's tag.

This is going to be all kinds of fun for older quads / bikes that people don't have titles for.
 

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I agree about the older quads that don't have titles or a bigger concern is going to be with all the drag quads espeically the Banshee's with custom built rigid frames. Most of those are a custom built frame with a high HP motor. We will see how and what you need to do in order to get those legal to ride.
 

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I got mine:



I took the pic indoor and the flash makes the plate look insanely dirty - lol.
 
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