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A person who is a not a resident of Indiana may not apply for an Indiana certificate of title for an off-road vehicle (ORV) or a snowmobile.
A person who is not a resident of Indiana must obtain an Indiana registration if either of the following conditions apply:
A “Motorized Nonresident DNR ORV Permit” may be purchased through the DNR if the ORV or snowmobile is from another state, is not registered in that state, is owned by a non-resident of Indiana, and will only be operated on designated trails and properties owned or managed by the DNR. If the operator obtains a “Motorized Nonresident DNR ORV Permit” through the DNR, a certificate of registration issued by the BMV is not required unless the ORV/snowmobile will be operated outside of the designated DNR locations.
Many states do not register ORVs or snowmobiles. Location permits which are placed on the vehicles, may be provided, but they are typically not specific to that vehicle and do not contain an assigned registration number. DNR does not accept these permits as a valid registration in Indiana.
Out of the four surrounding states (Illinois, Kentucky, Michigan, and Ohio), only Ohio issues registration for ORVs and snowmobiles. Therefore, residents of Illinois, Kentucky, and Michigan must obtain an Indiana registration or “Motorized Nonresident DNR ORV Permit” as applicable, in order to operate the vehicle in Indiana. On day one of use in Indiana, the non-resident must have a valid certificate of registration issued by the BMV or a “Motorized Nonresident DNR ORV Permit” issued by the DNR.
For more information on “Motorized Nonresident DNR ORV Permits” issued by the DNR, refer to the DNR website.