New Hampshire Other
ATV (All Terrain Vehicle): Any motor-driven vehicle which is designed or adapted for travel over surfaces other than maintained roads with one or more non-highway tires, having capacity for passengers or other payloads, not to exceed an unladen dry weight of 1,000 pounds, and not to exceed 50 inches in width.
Trail Bike: Any motor-driven wheeled vehicle on which there is a saddle or seat for the operator and/or passenger designed to travel off maintained roads.
UTV (Utility Terrain Vehicle): Any mechanically propelled vehicle which is designed or adapted for travel over surfaces other than maintained roads with one or more tires or tracks equipped with a rollover protection system and/or safety belts, having capacity for passengers or other payloads, not in excess of 2,000 pounds unladen dry weight, and not to exceed 65 inches in overall width, excluding side mirrors. Shall include, but not be limited to, side-by-side, ROV, gator, buggy and OHV.
Snowmobile: A vehicle not more than 54 inches wide and not more than 1,200 pounds designed to travel over snow or ice, supported by skis, belts or cleats.
Accompanied by: When a person is within sight and when actual physical direction and control can be affected.
OHRV (Off-Highway Recreational Vehicle): Any mechanically propelled vehicle used off of a public way for recreational or pleasure purposes and dependent on the ground or other surface for travel. All legally registered motorized vehicles used off the highway for these purposes shall be deemed as an OHRV. Snowmobiles are not considered OHRVs.
Operate: To use a vehicle in any manner for transportation.
Public Way: Any public highway, street, sidewalk, alley, parking lot, or frozen body of water. Includes both the traveled portion of a road and the sides or shoulder of a road up to the boundary of abutting property owners.
Registrant: Any person who has legally registered an OHRV or snowmobile through an agent and has a registration certificate and decal set recorded in their name with the Department.
Resident: A person who has not claimed residency in any other state for any purpose. Presentation of a valid N.H. driver’s license or N.H. non-driver photo ID is required to prove residency.
Trail Connector: A specific part of an OHRV or snowmobile trail within a state highway right-of-way authorized by the N.H. Department of Transportation.
In order to qualify for discounted member rates for 14-Month and Annual registrations, the applicable proof of membership must be presented, otherwise the non-member rate will be applied (see Registration Fees section for more information).
New for 2019-2020
At the time of printing this digest, there are several bills pending in the NH Legislature that, if passed, will make various changes to OHRV and snowmobile laws. Please go to ride.nh.gov for updates.