Q: I will be traveling to California from another state to ride my OHV. Do I need California OHV registration (Green or Red Sticker)?
A: If you are a resident of another state and your OHV has valid registration from that state, you do not need a Green or Red Sticker or a California Nonresident OHV Use Permit. If your OHV does not have valid registration or the equivalent from your home state, you will need to get a California Nonresident OHV Use Permit. A title is not registration. For states bordering California, the Oregon OHV Permit and the Arizona OHV Decal meet the requirement for OHV registration by residents of those states. The Nevada Decal does not meet the requirement for OHV registration; therefore, a Nevada resident will need to purchase the California Nonresident OHV Use Permit to operate their OHV in California. If proposed Nevada legislation establishing an OHV program and a registration procedure passes and is implemented, California will accept Nevada registration for operation in California by Nevada residents. As of December 2009, states that do not have an OHV registration program are:
Alabama Kansas South Carolina
Alaska Kentucky South Dakota
Florida Mississippi Tennessee
Georgia Nebraska Virginia
Hawaii Nevada West Virginia
Illinois North Carolina
A non-resident with an OHV from one of these states must purchase the California Nonresident OHV Use Permit to operate on California's public lands.
A non-resident from the remaining 33 states need not purchase California's permit as long as they can provide valid proof that they have a current registration or their home state's equivalent for their OHV. If a nonresident cannot provide valid proof of possessing such a document, they must purchase the California Nonresident OHV Use Permit.