Subdivision 1. General requirements.
(a) Unless exempted under paragraph (b) or
subdivision 2, after January 1, 1995, a person may not operate and an owner may not give
permission for another to operate an off-road vehicle on off-road vehicle-designated trails or areas
on land administered by the commissioner, or on off-road vehicle grant-in-aid trails and areas
funded under section
, unless the vehicle has been registered under this section.
(b) Annually on the third Saturday of May, nonregistered off-road vehicles may be operated
at the Iron Range Off-Highway Vehicle Recreation Area.
Subd. 2. Exemptions.
Registration is not required for an off-road vehicle that is:
(1) owned and used by the United States, the state, another state, or a political subdivision; or
(2) registered in another state or country and has not been in this state for more than 30
Subd. 3. Application; issuance.
(a) Application for registration or continued registration
must be made to the commissioner, or an authorized deputy registrar of motor vehicles in a form
prescribed by the commissioner. The form must state the name and address of every owner of the
off-road vehicle. Upon receipt of the application and the appropriate fee, the commissioner shall
register the off-road vehicle and assign a registration number that must be affixed to the vehicle
in accordance with subdivision 4.
(b) A deputy registrar of motor vehicles acting under section
is also a deputy registrar
of off-road vehicles. The commissioner of natural resources in cooperation with the commissioner
of public safety may prescribe the accounting and procedural requirements necessary to ensure
efficient handling of registrations and registration fees. Deputy registrars shall strictly comply
with the accounting and procedural requirements. In addition to other fees prescribed by law,
a filing fee of $4.50 is charged for each off-road vehicle registration renewal, duplicate or
replacement registration card, and replacement decal and a filing fee of $7 is charged for each
off-road vehicle registration and registration transfer issued by:
(1) a deputy registrar and must be deposited in the treasury of the jurisdiction where the
deputy is appointed, or retained if the deputy is not a public official; or
(2) the commissioner and must be deposited in the state treasury and credited to the off-road
Subd. 4. Registration sticker.
An off-road vehicle must display a registration sticker issued
by the commissioner. If the vehicle is licensed as a motor vehicle, the registration sticker must
be affixed on the upper left corner of the rear license plate. If the vehicle is not licensed as a
motor vehicle, the owner shall provide a plate not less than four inches high and 7-1/2 inches
wide. The plate must be attached to the rear of the vehicle at least 12 inches from the ground. The
registration sticker must be affixed on the upper left corner of the plate. Plates and registration
stickers must be maintained in a clean and legible condition.
Subd. 5. Registration card; signature; replacement fee.
The commissioner shall provide to
the registrant a registration card that includes the registration number, date of expiration, make
and serial number of the off-road vehicle, owner's name and address, and additional information
the commissioner may require. The registration is not valid unless signed by at least one owner.
Information concerning each registration must be kept by the commissioner. If a registration card
is lost or destroyed, the commissioner shall issue a replacement registration card on payment of a
fee of $4. The fees collected from replacement registration cards must be credited to the off-road
vehicle account in the natural resources fund.
Subd. 6. Registration fees.
(a) The fee for registration of an off-road vehicle under this
section, other than those registered by a dealer or manufacturer under paragraph (b) or (c), is $30
for three years and $4 for a duplicate or transfer.
(b) The total registration fee for off-road vehicles owned by a dealer and operated off-road
for demonstration or testing purposes is $50 per year. Dealer registrations are not transferable.
(c) The total registration fee for off-road vehicles owned by a manufacturer and operated
off-road for research, testing, experimentation, or demonstration purposes is $150 per year.
Manufacturer registrations are not transferable.
(d) The fees collected under this subdivision must be credited to the off-road vehicle account
in the natural resources fund.
Subd. 7. Renewal.
An owner of an off-road vehicle must renew registration in a manner
prescribed by the commissioner upon payment of the appropriate registration fee under
Subd. 8. Licensing by political subdivisions.
A political subdivision may not require
licensing or registration of off-road vehicles regulated under sections
Subd. 9. Registration by minors prohibited.
A person under the age of 18 may not register
an off-road vehicle.
Subd. 10. Refunds.
The commissioner may issue a refund on a registration, not including
any issuing fees paid under subdivision 3, paragraph (b), or section
84.027, subdivision 15
paragraph (a), clause (3), if the refund request is received within 12 months of the original
registration and the vehicle was registered incorrectly by the commissioner or the deputy registrar.
History: 1993 c 311 art 2 s 2; 1995 c 220 s 60; 2001 c 185 s 5,6; 2003 c 128 art 1 s 25;
1Sp2005 c 1 art 2 s 27,29