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California offers some of the greatest off-highway vehicle (OHV) recreation opportunities in the nation. The SVRAs, Bureau of Land Management, United States Forest Service, local city and counties, and private partners offer an extraordinary amount of diverse and remarkable terrain for recreationists to explore.

Of course with the opportunity and privilege to recreate, comes the responsibility to protect those opportunities for yourself and others. Know the California rules and regulations for operating your OHV responsibly and safely.

New Laws Pertaining to Recreational Off-Highway Vehicles (ROV)

SB 234 (Walters) was signed into law by Governor Brown on August 27, 2013.  This law amends AB 1266 and AB 1595 allowing 2013 and earlier ROVs with added/aftermarket seating.  The law also defines occupant handhold. (See OHMVR Public Information Bulletin (October 2013) listed below.)

AB 1266, introduced by Assembly Members Nielsen and Cook to amend existing law, was signed into law on September 25, 2012. This law eliminates the requirement of a passenger to have both feet flat on the floorboard of a recreational off-highway vehicle (ROV). The bill also delays the implementation of the prohibition whereas a person operating a ROV shall not allow a passenger to occupy a separate seat location not designed and provided by the manufacturer for a passenger.

AB 1595, sponsored by the Recreational Off-Highway Vehicle Association (ROHVA) and carried by Assemblyman Paul Cook, was signed into law by Governor Brown on July 24, 2012 and went into effect on January 1, 2013.

  OHMVR Public Information Bulletin (October 2013) [PDF]
  Full Text of SB 234 [PDF]
  Letter to the Senate Journal re: SB 234 [PDF]
  Link to Senate Journal (SB 234 letter starts on page number 1490)
  OHMVR Public Information Bulletin (September 2012) [PDF]
  Full Text of AB 1595 [PDF]
  Full Text of AB 1266 [PDF]
  Recreational Off-Highway Vehicle Association (ROHVA)

OHMVR Laws Book

Off-Highway Motor Vehicle Laws (2012) [PDF]

OHMVR Law Enforcement

Off-Highway Motor Vehicle Laws Quickbook [PDF - 2.5 MB]

Sharing Our Trails

A Guide to Trail Safety and Enjoyment

SB 742 Information

Click the link to view highlights of the bill. To view the entire bill, click here.