• NEW for 2013 ORV laws

    This year has been a busy year for the enhancement of ORV riding within Michigan. The legislature has been busy implement laws to further enhance our riding. For clarity sake we are listing the new laws here in order to help you understand what they mean to us the riders of Michigan.

    1. (PA 75 of 2013) - Vehicles; off-road; license fee for off-road vehicles; revise. Amends sec. 81116 of 1994 PA 451 (MCL 324.81116). - Effective April 1, 2014 -This law increases the ORV permit fees and implements a two fee system.

      The base fee of $26.25 entitles the user to ride ORV's on private property and open county roads, it does not permit riders to operate their vehicle on trails or routes.

      An additional $10.00 fee is collected in order to operate your vehicle on trails, making the total fee to ride on trails $36.25.

    2. (PA 117 of 2013) - Highways; local; off-road vehicle shoulder access on state trunk line highways; allow under certain circumstances. Amends sec. 81131 of 1994 PA 451 (MCL 324.81131). - Effective September 25, 2013 - This law opens state highways and defines the conditions by which they can be opened.

      Conditions to open a state high way include:
      Serving as a connector between routes and trails
      Access to food, hotels, gas, services, or tourist attractions
      Connector between two segments of the same county road
      Bridge connecting two sections

    3. (PA 118 of 2013) - Natural resources; other; counties eligible to authorize off-road vehicles on road shoulders; extend to entire state and eliminate sunset. Amends sec. 81131 of 1994 PA 451 (MCL 324.81131). - Effective September 25, 2013 - This law permits all counties and municipalities to open county roads and eliminates the previous sunset that would have come in effect for previously open counties.

      Counties and Municipalities board of commissioners will still need to vote on whether to open their roads, so the law doesn't immediately open the roads. We will inform readers as soon as a new county or municipality opens.

    4. (PA 0119 of 2013) -Natural resources; other; operation of off-road vehicles on certain state highways; provide for. Amends secs. 81101, 81115, 81122, 81129, 81133 & 81147 of 1994 PA 451 (MCL 324.81101 et seq.) & repeals secs. 81102 & 81128 of 1994 PA 451 (MCL 324.81102 & 324.8112. - September 25, 2013 - This law permits certain state highways to be opened for ORV usage; establishes a free ORV riding day; eliminates the permit requirement for large groups just trail riding.