Mudslingers OHV Club

Youth ATV Hands-on Safety Training Class is set for April 25, 2020 at 10:00am at Ada Fire Hall, Ada, MN. For information or to get signed up contact Glen Visser at 218-415-0190.  POSTPONED DUE TO THE CORONAVIRUS PANDEMIC, UPDATE TO FOLLOW.


ATV Safety Training

ATV Safety Training Requirements

Anyone born after July 1, 1987, and who is 16 years or older are required to complete online MN ATV Safety online class before operating an ATV on public lands, frozen waters, public road rights-of-way, or state or grant-in-aid trails.


Students age 10 through 15 must complete the MN ATV Safety online class before signing up for a Hands On ATV class. The certification is required for all ATV operators age 12 and older who were born after July 1, 1987.


First, complete the MN ATV Rider's Safety Class online:

go to: https://www.atvcourse.com/usa/minnesota/ and complete the ATV Safety Online Course.  There is a course fee of $24.95.


Second, attend a Hands-On ATV Safety Class:

Students ages 10-15 must register for a Hands-On ATV Safety Training Class.

The Hands-On training includes: Basic ATV operation; protecting the environment; common ATV parts and controls; MN rules and laws; responsible ATV riding skills for trail riding, and practicing/demonstrating skills on an ATV course.


Students can print their ATV Safety Certificate at the DNR website after passing both the online and Hands-On class. DNR fee is $10.00. The ATV Certificate becomes valid at age 12.


Alternate ATV Safety training

Proof of completion of the ATV Rider Course offered by the All-Terrain Vehicle Safety Institute is adequate to meet the safety certificate requirements.  The fee for the course is $55.00.  Go to https://atvsafety.org/ to do the course.


Are you a parent of a child 6-9 years old?

Youth ages 6-9 years of age may complete the free study guide at ATV Free Study Guide (https://www.atvcourse.com/usa/minnesota/youth/).

  • Free course designed to provide 6-9 year olds with introductory and basic ATV safety information.
  • No riding performance course offered with this course.
  • No certification upon completion of the study guide course.


Age Requirements

Class 1 ATV operation for youth

* Under age 10

  • May operate an ATV only on private property with permission of the owner.
  • Parent or guardian must be present at hands-on ATV Safety Training.

*Age 10 and 11 year olds

  • May operate an ATV only on private property with permission of the owner.
  • May operate an ATV up to  90cc or less on public lands and frozen waters if accompanied by a parent or guardian.
  • May operate an ATV up to 110cc with a straddle-style seating on public lands or frozen waters if accompanied by parent or legal guardian.
  • May operate at ATV up to 170cc with side-by-side style seating and equipped with steering wheel  on public lands or frozen waters in accompanied by a parent or legal guardian.

*Age 12 to 15 year olds

  • May operate an ATV on public lands and frozen waters and make direct crossing of roadways with a valid safety certificate if accompanied by a person 18 years of age or older who holds a valid driver's license.

On the bank, slope, ditch of a public road right-of-way or roadway open by local ordinance with a valid ATV Safety Certification when accompanied by a parent or legal guardian on a separate ATV.

*Age 16 & 17

  • Must have a valid driver's license and ATV Safety Certification to make a direct crossing of a roadway or operate on road right-of-way or roadway open by local ordinance.


‚ÄčYouth Operators with Passengers

As an operator 12 to 17 years of age, you may carry one passenger on a Class 1 ATV only if the passenger is your parent or legal guardian.


Class 2 ATV Operation

Anyone under the age of 15 may NOT operate a Class 2 ATV anywhere.  15 year olds with a valid ATV Safety Certificate may operate a Class 2 on the right shoulder or the extreme right-hand side of public road when accompanied by a parent or legal guardian on a separate ATV.