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Winter is almost over and spring is around the corner, so you went ahead and penciled in on the calendar some awesome camping and ATV riding trips up in good ol' Massachusetts. You tell the wife, kids and maybe even a few friends, and everyone is just counting down the days for that epic two or three day weekend.
But before you head out this season you need to be aware that Massachusetts has a mandatory, two-step offroad program that riders under the age of 18 must complete. Once completed they will get a safety certificate to carry with them while they are riding (rangers do check). So don’t wait until the last minute only to find out the kids can't ride because they don't have their paperwork!
There are two steps toward obtaining the certificate:
But that's not all! Massachusetts has other laws that are specific to age and engine size. A quick summary is below:
For a complete list of current ATV and OHV laws visit the Massachusetts Environmental Police website or give them a call at (508) 564-4961.
And don't forget, each ATV and dirt bike needs a Massachusetts OHV Permit, even if it's being operated on private land.