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The DNR issues licenses for all ORVs on an annual basis. The annual fee for an ORV license is $16.25.
Licenses are valid from April 1 through March 31 of the following year, regardless of the date of purchase.
Vehicles that are licensed under the Motor Vehicle Code as "street vehicles" require an ORV license only when they are being used as an ORV. A street-licensed ORV does not need an ORV license to use forest roads, but it will need an ORV license if it is used on designated trails or in areas designated for cross-country use.
An ORV license is not required for street-licensed vehicles used on the frozen surface of public waters or designated ORV routes.
Private land owners, owners' family members, and their invited guests are not required to license ORVs that are operated exclusively on the owners' private property.
Licensing is required of ORVs used in areas open to public operations, regardless of whether the ORV is owned by a resident or nonresident of Michigan.
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