ORV Registration Requirements

Two people riding ATV's on the grass.An ORV is defined as a motorized vehicle designed for or capable of cross-country travel on land, water, snow, ice, marsh, swampland or other natural terrain. Off-road vehicles include a four-wheel drive or low pressure tire vehicle; an automobile; a truck; a motorcycle and related two-wheel vehicles; an amphibious machine; a ground effect or air cushion vehicle; a snowmobile; and a golf cart.

Licensed​ vehicles registered with the MVA are exempt from purchasing the off-road vehicle permit when using Department of Natural Resources public lands.

ORV Registration Update - Off-road vehicles must be registered annually with the Department of Natural Resources and display a registration sticker. Snowmobile and other ORV riders may purchase their off-road vehicle (ORV) permit online at compass.dnr.maryland.gov/dnrcompassportal. The ORV permit is effective immediately and may be printed by the customer to carry with them while riding. The official permit decal will arrive in the mail shortly thereafter and must be affixed to the ORV.

Registration stickers are also available from any Department Regional Service Center. ORV Permits available at Deep Creek Lake and New Germany State parks, and at Savage River State Forest, Herrington Manor State Park, Potomac Garrett State Forest.