ATV accidents can happen to anyone. They also can cause serious injuries or death. While nobody wants to think about it happening to them, the risk is real and requires smart riding decisions.
To protect children users of ATVs, the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources has some requirements they must meet.
Children under 10
For children who are not yet 10 years old, the law requires them to complete hands-on safety training with a parent. They also can only operate an ATV on private property.
Children ages 10 and 11
Children who are 10 or 11 years old can operate an ATV on private property. They also can ride on public property with a parent present using an ATV up to 90cc, 110cc with a straddle seat or up to 170cc with a side-by-side seat and steering wheel.
Children ages 12 to 15
Children ages 12 to 15 only require an adult over the age of 18 present to ride on public areas. The exception is banks, slopes or ditches where a parent needs to be present. In addition, the rider must have ATV Safety Certification. They may carry one passenger that is a parent.
Children 16 and 17
Children ages 16 and 17 must possess a driver’s license and ATV Certification to ride on a roadway. Other areas are permitted as well. Drivers may carry one parent as a passenger.
All age groups should complete safety training before driving an ATV on private or public land even when required by the law to have a parent present. Safety courses can save lives.