S&H Farm Supply: Know Your ATV Laws
S&H Farm Supply Advice: ATV Laws
A new ATV can be a ton of fun and we want you to have a blast tearing up the trails. But we also want you to avoid getting into legal trouble while doing it! Missouri has several laws in place when it comes to ATVs. S&H Farm Supply provides you with a safe and inspected ATV, but following the law after buying from us is up to you. Ignorance of the law is never an excuse, so make sure to be aware of what you need to do to stay legal.
Just like a car, an ATV needs a title and registration. You need to make sure to renew your registration every three years. To register an ATV you need to be over the age of 16. You will be issued a decal from the Missouri Department of Revenue after registering your vehicle. This decal must be visibly displayed on the right front fork or frame of your ATV.
There are many safety laws you must abide by in Missouri. If you are under the age of 18 you must wear a helmet. S&H Farm Supply encourages you to wear a helmet regardless of your age. If you are under the age of 16 you may not operate an ATV unless accompanied by a parent or guardian. You must do your best to not drive carelessly. Obviously driving an ATV under the influence of drugs or alcohol is strictly prohibited. Finally, you must have the proper safety equipment with you at all times. According to Missouri State Highway Patrol, you must have the following safety measures:
A lighted headlamp and tail lamp when the ATV is operated on any street or highway
A slow-moving equipment emblem mounted on the rear of the ATV when being operated on any street or highway
A bicycle flag, extending at least seven feet above the ground, to be attached to the rear of the ATV when operating on any street or highway
An adequate muffler system
A U.S. Forest Service-qualified spark arrester
A brake system in good operating condition
Where They Are Legal To Operate
Although the offroad capabilities of your ATV are impressive, that doesn’t mean you can just go anywhere with them. It is illegal to drive your ATV on Missouri roads and highways, as they are not considered street legal. The one exception to this is if you are using it for agricultural purposes. However, some municipalities will allow ATVs to operate on their streets under their ordinance. Other areas where you can’t ride your ATV in Missouri is private property without owner permission, rivers, streams, and railroad tracks. Besides being illegal, these places are treacherous for ATV drivers and put you in unneeded danger. Remember, safety first.
S&H Farm Supply Has the ATV for You
If you want to start having fun on a top quality ATV, come visit S&H Farm Supply. We have new and used ATVs for sale. We are also a certified Polaris dealer, so you know we have the best ATVs in the business. S&H Farm Supply has been helping people find the perfect ATV for many years, and we’re ready to help you. For more information contact us or view the S&H Farm Supply website.