Registration, Titling, and Insurance


If you cannot find the information you need on this page or if you have specific questions about your vehicle registration call the Snowmobile and ATV Registration Section toll free phone: 1-866-545-2476.
Office hours are Monday-Friday 8:00 AM to 4:30 PM. Or send an email to 
ra-snowatv@pa.gov.

Who must register and title?
All ATVs in Pennsylvania, except ATVs used solely for business or agricultural purposes, need to be registered and titled with DCNR. ATVs used in Pennsylvania must be registered and titled with DCNR's Snowmobile/ATV Section. The ATV registration and titling fees are NOT user fees for the privilege of using trails on state-owned land. The fees provide funding to administer the program, maintain trails on DCNR-managed forests and provide grants to profit and non-profit organizations for developing additional riding opportunities.

Two types of registrations apply:

Registration
For ATVs used anywhere off of your own property or property leased by you, such as designated State Forest trails

  • $20 fee every two years

 

Limited registration
For ATVs used solely on your own land or land leased by you

Free registration

  • No expiration, unless ownership of vehicle changes

 

Pennsylvania registration is NOT required for:
ATVs used exclusively as utility vehicles for agricultural or business operations;
  • ATVs owned by nonresidents covered by a valid registration in their state, province or country that honors Pennsylvania registration;
  • ATVs owned and used by a federal, state or local government body;
  • ATVs owned by a dealer who has been issued a dealer registration certificate and used only in connection with the dealer's business.

 

Titling is NOT required for:
ATVs used exclusively as utility vehicles for agricultural or business operations;
  • Snowmobiles bought or acquired prior to Oct. 23, 2001;
  • ATVs owned and used by a federal, state or local government body;
  • ATVs owned by a dealer before and until sale;
  • ATVs owned by a nonresident;
  • ATVs owned by a Pennsylvania resident, but registered and used in another state.

 

Fees
Titling: $22.50
  • Registration: $20, for a two-year period
  • Limited registration: Free
  • Replacement of lost or damaged registration certificate, limited registration certificate, registration decal, registration plate or expiration sticker: $5
  • Transfer of registration to a new machine by the same owner: $5
  • Dealer registration: $25

 

Plates and decals
An ATV owner will be issued a registration plate for the vehicle. An expiration sticker to be affixed to the plate will be issued for standard registrations.

 

How to register and title your ATV
If you purchase your vehicle at a registered dealer, you will be issued a registration plate with a temporary 45-day registration sticker. The dealer will handle your application for title and registration.

If you purchase your ATV privately you will need to supply DCNR with:

  • Completed application for registration and titling
  • Proof of Vehicle Identification Number (VIN)
  • Fees
  • PA sales tax or proof that tax has been paid

Applications for registration and titling of ATVs and snowmobiles are available from the Snowmobile/ATV Registration Section, ATV and snowmobile dealers, forest district offices, and State Park offices. Applications also are available at http://www.dcnr.state.pa.us/forestry/recreation/snowmobile/index.htm.

The registration and titling application form must be completed and sent to the Department of Conservation and Natural Resources, Snowmobile/ATV Registration Section, P.O. Box 8553, Harrisburg, PA 17105-8553, along with the registration and titling fees and sales tax statement.

Liability Insurance
If you are using your ATV solely on land owned or leased by you, you are not required to get liability insurance. All other riders must carry liability insurance. Proof of that insurance must be carried with you when you ride. There are no minimum requirements or coverage standards established by DCNR or the Snowmobile/ATV Law for the liability insurance.

How to transfer title/ownership of your vehicle
If you are transferring the title of your ATV to a new owner, complete the assignment on the back of the certificate of title and obtain notarization. The new owner must then apply for a new certificate of title and registration in his/her name. DO NOT REMOVE THE REGISTRATION DECAL OR PLATE FROM THE MACHINE.

Registration cannot be transferred from one owner to the next. If you no longer need registration because you have disposed of your vehicle in some way, complete the reverse side of your certificate of registration indicating the disposition status, listing buyer's name (if applicable), signing, dating and returning to DCNR within 15 days of disposition.

You may request the remaining months of your current registration be applied to a new registration of another vehicle that you have acquired. The fee for this transaction is $5.

Changes of Address
You must notify DCNR's Snowmobile/ATV Section in writing of any change of address within 15 days.

All-Terrain Vehicles are defined as follows:
  • Class 1 ATV - A motorized off-highway vehicle, which travels on three or more inflatable tires and has a maximum width of 50 inches and a maximum dry weight of 1200 pounds.
  • Class 2 ATV - A motorized off-highway vehicle, which travels on three or more inflatable tires and has a width which exceeds 50 inches or a dry weight which exceeds 1200 pounds