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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:
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.
At this time, out-of-state ORVs must register through the Indiana BMV if not registered in their home state. Registration must include 1) a registration number specific to the ORV, 2) owner name & address, 3) ORV year, 4) manufacturer, 5) make, 6) model, and 7) VIN. A trail permit is not a registration. Out-of-state owners will have to apply in-person at a Indiana BMV branch.
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.