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Indiana Department of Natural Resources

Outdoor Recreation > Motorized Recreation Motorized Recreation


Motorized recreation in Indiana includes both snowmobiling and off-road vehicle (ORV) recreation. Geography and weather separate the two programs, but they have much in common. Both programs are:

  • Funded using registration revenue
  • Regulated by Indiana Code and Indiana Administrative Code
  • Administered by the DNR Division of Outdoor Recreation
  • Successes due to partnerships with volunteers
  • Safe and fun outdoor recreational sports

Snowmobile and ORV registration and titles

As of January 2014, the Indiana Bureau of Motor Vehicles (BMV) handles all snowmobile and ORV registrations. IC 14-16-1 requires that all snowmobile and ORVs purchased after December 31, 2003 be registered; only a few exceptions apply.

IC 9-17-2 states an ORV less than five (5) model years old must obtain a certificate of title. This is the same process as getting a title for your car or boat and is done through the Bureau of Motor Vehicles (BMV). While not required for snowmobiles at this time, it’s highly encouraged.


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