FWC Not Registering Off-Road Vehicles

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After June 30, the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) will no longer register off-highway vehicles.

In place of registering vehicles, new legislation will require a certificate of title from the Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles (DHSMV) for all off-highway vehicles purchased by a Florida resident after July 1 or any off-highway vehicle that is owned by a resident and is operated on public lands in Florida. Tracks, half-tracks and buggies will not have to be titled under the new legislation.

The change is a result of the Florida Legislature passing House Bill 1681. A provision in the bill established the T. Mark Schmidt Off-Highway Vehicle Safety and Recreation Act. The legislation repealed the part of the law that required the FWC to register off-highway vehicles.

Florida law defines an off-highway vehicle as any ATV (all-terrain vehicle), or off-highway motorcycle that is used off roads or highways for recreational purposes and is not registered and licensed for highway use.

Titling fees for off-highway vehicles will go into a trust fund administered by the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services (FDACS) to expand opportunities for off-highway vehicle use on public lands. The legislation also created an Off-Highway Recreational Advisory Committee that will establish polices to guide FDACS in establishing new off-highway vehicle areas and their use.

For questions regarding certificates of title, contact the DHSMV at (850) 922-9000.