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ATV Riders, please ride safely

Download Iowa's OHV rules and regulations for vehicle registration information or visit our NEW online system for OHV registration.

Iowa OHV Park Hotline
The Iowa DNR maintains an OHV Park Hotline to keep the public up-to-date on park closings and park issues throughout the state. The number is 515-281-8385. The information on this hotline will be the most up-to-date and will be accessible to the public 24 hours a day.
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ATV Safety Educator Launches Campaign for ATV Safety Week has announced it is launching a certification campaign for ATV Safety Week, which runs from April 25th to May 5th, 2014.  Students who sign up for the online course during the promotion and complete the course by May 9th, will save 20% off the certification cost.

At, students learn all of the basics of safe ATV operation, from parts of the vehicle to riding skills to trail etiquette, delivered in an engaging online format that can be completed from wherever there is an Internet connection.  Security measures are in place to ensure that the student who registers for the course is the same person who completes the course.

The online certification option offered by satisfies the education requirement for public riding in Iowa as well as many other jurisdictions in the United States.  Upon successful completion of the course, the student receives a certification card from the Iowa DNR.

To save 20% on the online certification option, riders are encouraged to sign up for a course at between April 25th and May 5th, 2014. 

For more information about ATV certification options in Iowa, go to the ATV Education page.



Iowa's ATV Rules and Regulations


Off-highway Vehicle Reference Guide

Join the OHV List Serve

To receive information from the IDNR Off-highway Vehicle Program, join the program's list serve:

Special Events Calendar

When individuals and groups want to use public land and water for events, they must apply for use of that resource through the Iowa Department of Natural Resources.  These events are compiled by the Special Events System and are displayed on a calendar of events.  These events can be searched by type, location, and date. 

To find events which may be of interest to you, please go to

Special Event Permits

The Iowa DNR is authorized to approve a club or individual to hold an organized special event (an organized race, exhibition, or demonstration of limited duration which is conducted according to a prearranged schedule and in which general public interest is manifested) within the state if the event is scheduled to be held on public land or public ice. The DNR shall designate the equipment and facilities necessary for safe operation of ATVs, ORVs, and off-road motorcycles, and for the safety of operators, participants, and observers.

Residents participating in a special event must display a current registration on their ATV, ORV, or off-highway motorcycle. Nonresidents must display a valid, Iowa nonresident user permit on their ATV, ORV, or off-highway motorcycle.

At least 30 days before the scheduled date of a special event, an application must be filed with the DNR using the Special Events web-based application found at

For more information, contact the OHV Program Manager ( or call 515-238-3564.

Our Mission:
To provide sustainable, responsible recreation opportunities for owners of registered all-terrain vehicles and off-highway motorcycles.