ATV Safety Information

The Division of Consumer Protection offers these tips and guidelines for ATV purchasing and use:

  • Review New York State’s ATV laws: Visit the New York State Department of Motor Vehicles website at
  • Find out about ATV operation and safety guidelines:  Visit the CPSC’s website at
  • Be aware of age restrictions: No one under the age of 10 may ride or operate an ATV. Operators between the ages of 10 and 15 may ride an ATV only on their parent’s property if they are under their parent’s supervision or in possession of a safety training certificate.
  • Choose an ATV model appropriate for your child's age: Follow the state and federal guidelines and the manufacturer's Minimum Age Recommendation Warning Label on the ATV.
  • Enroll in an ATV training course: ATV drivers, including children under 16, should take a hands-on ATV safety course from a certified instructor. These courses are offered by the ATV Safety Institute, local ATV rider groups, some state departments of natural resources, state highway departments, and other agencies responsible for regulating ATV use.
  • Use safety equipment: All riders (operator and passengers) should wear a DOT-compliant helmet, goggles, long sleeves, over-the-ankle boots and gloves, at all times.
  • Obtain information from dealership: When shopping for an ATV make sure the salesperson discusses the owner’s manual and any safety information in it from the manufacturer.
  • Know passenger limitations: No passengers are allowed on the ATV unless it is designed to carry more than one person as passengers can easily fall off the back of the ATV when it takes off.
  • Do not use ATVs on highways: Travel only in areas open and approved for ATV use.
  • Use caution: ATVs are deceptive and can flip over when driven improperly.


For more information on how to keep you and your family safe while riding ATVs, visit the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission’s ATV Safety Information Center.