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Chapter 15: Off-Highway Vehicles
15.080 Nonresident OHV Vehicles
15.080 Nonresident OHV Vehicles (CVC §38040)
Nonresidents who retain nonresident status may operate a vehicle off-highway in California whether or not the vehicle is registered in the owner’s home state. Nonresident status will be determined by the owner’s or operator’s possession of a valid nonresident driver license. The owner may wish to obtain a permit from the Department of Parks and Recreation, as referenced below. If the owner of a nonresident vehicle is a California resident, the vehicle must be registered. Refer to the Original OHV Registration Application section in this chapter for procedures.
Off-Highway Nonresident Special Operating Permit (CVC §38087.5)—For a fee, the Department of Parks and Recreation may issue a special permit to a nonresident owner which allows the nonresident to operate an OHV that would otherwise be required to be registered.
Do not process off-highway vehicle (OHV) transactions for exempt agencies.
The procedures below must be followed:
If an application to register an OHV is received from an exempt agency:
- Inform the representative that their agency is exempt from displaying indicia on their OHVs.
- Return the application to the exempt agency.