LANSING, Mich., May 17, 2023 — The House Committee on Transportation, Mobility, and Infrastructure voted unanimously in favor of House Bill 4515 yesterday. This law would eliminate the sunset of Michigan’s off-road vehicle (ORV) licensing program. The ORV licensing program allows owners to enjoy a valuable outdoor recreational opportunity while supporting the maintenance of the trails and infrastructure that make these experiences possible. State Rep. Nate Shannon (D-Sterling Heights), chair of the committee, issued the following statement after the vote:
“Without this legislation, this specific ORV program would sunset at the end of this year. From dunes to dirt — Michigan is full of many state parks and off-road trails. This bill ensures Michiganders can continue to use off-road vehicles while maintaining our natural lands. I am happy I could have a role in maintaining the Michigan ORV experience and support this excellent program.”
Michigan has more than 4,000 miles of state-designated ORV trails and routes and six scramble areas. Drivers can also enjoy eligible county roads, frozen surfaces of public waters, and certain state and national forest roads. ORV license and trail permits are valid for one year, which begins April 1 and ends March 31 of the following year. You can find more information about the ORV licensing program here.