OHV Education and Safety

Click the tab headings below to learn more about Training/Safety Permits, information About Our Courses, available Online Training, and volunteer Trail Ambassadors.

Required Training and Safety Permits

New Mexico law requires anyone younger than 18 operating any OHV on public lands, and anyone operating an ATV or ROV (side-by-side or UTV) on authorized paved roads, to possess an OHV safety permit during use.

The Department offers free hands-on OHV training that provides the OHV safety permit required for public land or paved road operation. Students must provide a properly registered OHV and all necessary safety equipment. Program ATVs and off-highway motorcycles are available for ATV and off-highway motorcycle class students lacking access to appropriately-sized machines. Program OHVs are reserved on a first-come, first-served basis during course pre-registration.

Youth riding an off-highway vehicle during free OHV safety course from New Mexico Department of Game and Fish

» Click here to pre-register using the New Mexico Online License System for a scheduled safety class.
» Click Icon of OHV Safety Class Pre-registration Instructions OHV Safety Class Pre-registration Instructions  to download instructions for class pre-registration.
» Contact the OHV program office for information about other classes not yet scheduled.

Online training is also available that provides the required safety permit after completion. Click on the Online Training tab to select online training options. Online training vendors charge a fee to issue a safety training permit.

All New Mexico Approved Safety Training courses include information about:

» New Mexico operating and safety requirements
» Age-appropriate size-fit use of OHVs
» Responsible use of OHVs with respect to the environment, private property, agricultural and rural lifestyle, and cultural considerations
» Trail etiquette
» Prohibitions for driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs

Next Class

Check back for classes added to this schedule in future:

Mar
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OHV Safety Class: ATV @ Los Lunas, River Park
Mar 25 @ 8:00 am – 12:00 pm

Directions: Google Map

All students must pre-register prior to class.

Click Icon of OHV Safety Class Pre-registration Instructions OHV Safety Class Pre-registration Instructions  for instructions to pre-register for a hands-on class.

Online training is also available that provides the required safety permit after completion (see Safety and Training: Online Training tab).

New Mexico law requires anyone younger than 18 to obtain a safety permit prior to operating an OHV on public lands. The Department offers free hands-on ATV or dirt bike training that provides a safety permit after completion. Students must provide a properly registered OHV and all necessary safety equipment.

About Our Courses

Rules for Off-Highway Vehicle Program Safety Training classes.

Thank you for registering for off-highway vehicle (OHV) safety training provided free of charge by the New Mexico Department of Game and Fish Off-Highway Vehicle Program. Please make note of the class date, location, and times during the registration process. You may change or cancel your class registration until 5:00 pm of the Thursday before a weekend class. Changes after that time require assistance from the OHV Program office.

A parent or guardian of each student under 18 must remain on-site during the entire class. Make note of class start and stop times. Please report to the class at least one half-hour early.

Each student MUST HAVE a mechanically sound OHV for use during class.

  • Motorcycle classes require motorcycles. ATV classes require ATVs.
  • No sharing of vehicles is allowed.
  • All vehicles must be currently registered according to NM state law.

All vehicles must be of appropriate size for the student. For ATV safety classes:

  • Students 16 years of age or older may ride ATVs with engines of any displacement.
  • Students between 10 and 15 years of age may only ride ATVs with engines up to 250cc, unless the student holds a current automobile or street motorcycle operator’s license or instructional permit, in which case they may ride ATVs with engines up to 450cc.
  • Students younger than 10 years of age may only ride ATVs with engines up to 110cc.

You may reserve an OHV program ATV for ATV classes but availability is limited. Call the OHV program office (505) 222-4712 to make a reservation.

All vehicles must be equipped with a US Forest Service-approved spark arrester. Unmodified OHVs not intended for closed-course competition usually comply with US Forest Service requirements. Competition OHVs can be equipped with aftermarket spark arrester silencers sold by dealers. Check for the embossed printing on the muffler or check your owner’s manual, contact your dealer, a Forest Service office, or the OHV Program office for more information.

Each student must also have protective safety equipment and appropriate clothing:

  • A DOT-approved helmet (look for the DOT sticker on the back or inside the helmet).
  • Eye protection such as goggles, safety glasses, or a faceshield properly attached to the helmet.
  • Sturdy boots or shoes that cover the ankles, full-fingered gloves, long pants and a long-sleeved shirt or jacket. Students should dress appropriately for the anticipated weather.
  • OHV program safety equipment is available for use during class. Youth students completing the class may receive a free helmet and goggles or a voucher for same to be redeemed at an Albuquerque dealership, as supplies and budget allow.

Failure to be on time or to provide the appropriate vehicle, safety equipment, or adult supervision may result in dismissal from the class.

ALL INSTRUCTOR DECISIONS REGARDING STUDENT PARTICIPATION ARE FINAL.

Online OHV Safety Training

ASI (ATV Safety Institute) Online Interactive Training e-course: New Mexico

ASI Online Interactive Training

• New Mexico Approved:  Yes
• Time Limit: Student must complete entire course before taking exam.
• Student must receive passing score to receive a certificate.
• Exam Costs only if you pass State Certification Quiz:  Yes
• To get a copy of your card, please call:  1-800-776-7620.

• REGISTER:  Start Here

OHV Online Training Safety Course - Today's Off Road Ed: New Mexico

Offroad-Ed Online Training

• New Mexico Approved:  Yes
• Learn the exact material taught in New Mexico classroom courses
• Time Limit: Student must complete entire course before taking exam.
• Student must receive passing score to receive a certificate.
• Smart phone, tablet accessible
• To get a copy of your card, please call:    1-800-830-2268.
• REGISTER:  Start Here

 atvcourse.com - OHV Safety Course Online Interactive Training Course - New Mexico

Online Interactive Training

• New Mexico Approved:  Yes
• Time Limit: Student must complete entire course before taking exam.
• Student must receive passing score to receive a certificate.
• Exam Costs only if you pass State Certification Quiz:  Yes
• To get a copy of your card, please call:   1-877-508-4288.

• REGISTER:  Start Here

snowmobilecourse.com - OHV Online Safety Course - New Mexico

Online Interactive Training Course

• New Mexico Approved: Yes
• Time Limit: Student must complete entire course before taking exam.
• Student must receive passing score to receive a certificate.
• Exam Costs only if you pass State Certification Quiz
• To get a copy of your card, please call: 1-866-499-7669.

Recreational OHV Association E-Course
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Recreational OHV Association E-Course

• New Mexico Approved: Yes
• Time Limit: Student must complete entire course before taking exam.
• Student must receive passing score to receive a certificate.
• Exam is free.
• To get a copy of your certificate, please call: (949) 255-2560 Ext. 3132

Public Outreach

The New Mexico Department of Game & Fish OHV Program offers public outreach activities for organizations and events free of charge. Typical organizations are schools, outdoor recreation/sportsman groups, and public health organizations. Typical events are safety days, outdoor expos, and any other event reaching our target demographic audience. Our target audience includes adults and youth age 6 and older who engage in OHV recreation or who use OHVs as part of a rural or agricultural lifestyle.

Our primary public outreach activity is an ATV simulator presentation targeting kids from six to about twelve years of age. We offer a quick OHV safety message emphasizing the need for protective gear, parental supervision, and basic physical skills training, capped by a turn aboard our youth model ATV simulator. Participants are closely supervised, and parent/guardian presence is required. Teachers or school staff can serve as guardians during school presentations. Participants receive souvenir age-appropriate promotional items as available. We can also offer our promotional items in other settings.

OHV activity with ATV simulator presentation for kids from six to about twelve years of age - New Mexico Dept of Game and Fish

For more information please contact the OHV Education Coordinator at 505-222-4712 or via email at DGF-OHVEDU@state.nm.us.