Permits & Licensing information
On ROADS, all ATVs and motorcycles, including those owned
by nonresidents, are required to either be street legal and
display a motorcycle license plate or, if the roadway has been
identified as part of the State ORV Program, they may be operated
upon the roadway with only a Wyoming ORV permit. If the vehicle
has a moto vehicle license plate it may be operated upon any
roadway in Wyoming and an ORV permit is NOT required. If the
vehicle displays only the Wyoming ORV permit, then it may be
operated only upon those roadways identified as part of the
State ORV Program.
When on ROADS (state, county, local or other) that are not part
of the ORV Program, an ORV may be operated only if it is street
legal and has a motorcycle plate; the operator must have an "M"
endorsement on their operator's license and carry proof of
When upon motorized TRAILS or AREAS identified as open for
cross-country travel and as part of the State ORV Program,
all ORVs, including those owned by nonresidents, are required
to display a Wyoming ORV Permit. An ORV permit is required to
operate upon these trails and open areas even if the ORV also
has a street legal license plate, since trails and open areas
are non "streets or highways" for which the license plate was
When on ROADS (USFS, BLM, State Park, or other) identified as
part of the ORV Program, operators must have a valid operator's
license; the ORV must have brake lights, taillights, and headlamps
if operated from 1/2 hour after sunset to 1/2 hour before sunrise.
However, a motorcycle endorsements is not required on the
operator's license provided that he/she has purchased the Wyoming
Any operator of an ORV traveling on Roads must have a valid
driver's license, regardless of enrollment in the ORV Program.
However, if an oeprator is on a TRAIL that is enrolled in the
ORV Program, there is no driver's license requirement, provided
the rider has the Wyoming ORV Permit.
ORVs are mostly restricted to travel upon only established ROADS
and TRAILS. They may be operated upon public lands only when on
roads, trails or areas identified as "open" for motorized travel
by the appropriate local land manager. Contact the local land
manager's office to see what is open for ORV use.
No person may enter private land to hunt, fish or trap without
Operating an ATV or trail bike off roads or trails in a
manner that damages or unreasonably disturbs the land,
wildlife, vegetative resources is prohibited.
It is unlawful to molest, stir up, rally or drive, in
any manner, any game animals or game birds with a motorized
vehicle. ATVs and trail bikes must be equipped with approved
and operating spark arresting mufflers and comply with sound
It is illegal to operat and ATV or trail bike off trail or
on any trail area closed to that specific type of vehicle as
designated by the land management agency or land owner.
Please check with the local land manager regarding seasonal
closures and any gated roads. It is unlawful to shoot from
or across the traveled portion, shoulders or embankements of
any road maintained by a government entity.
note: Information obtained from the Wyoming 2004 ORV Map
for Bighorn National Forest distributed by the Wyoming State