Off-Road Vehicle Requirements
Under the existing off-road vehicle legislation, snowmobile and all-terrain vehicle operators under the age of 16 are required to take an approved safety training course. Off-road vehicles must be registered and insured.
All operators under 16 years of age must complete an approved safety training course.
All operators under 14 years of age must be accompanied by (and at all times within the clear view of) someone 19 years of age or older.
Both drivers and passengers on off-road vehicles are required to wear a proper helmet.
Any person who has had their driver’s licence suspended for an impaired driving infraction will also be restricted from driving an off-road vehicle.
Remember – impaired driving is against the law for all motor vehicles. Do not operate an off-road vehicle when impaired by alcohol or drugs.
Snowmobiles and ATVs must be insured unless operated only on the owner's property by the owner.
The vehicle must be covered by a motor vehicle liability insurance policy that includes first-party accident benefits and third-party liability insurance in an amount of no less than $200,000.
- Vehicle registration
- Proof of insurance
- Safety training certificate (operators < 16 years of age)
- Age identification
- Snowmobile pass
Safety training courses are provided by:
NB All-Terrain Vehicle Federation Inc.
1925 Hanwell Rd. Unit C
Hanwell, NB E3C 1M4
Phone: 1-888-847-1100 or (506)472-5130
Fax: (506) 472-5140
NB Federation of Snowmobile Clubs Inc.
147 Houlton Road - Unit B
Woodstock, NB E7M 1Y4
Phone: (506) 325-2625
Safety Services New Brunswick
440 Wilsey Road, suite 204
Fredericton, NB E3B 7G5
All-terrain vehicles and snowmobiles can be driven on approved trails or your own private property. The network of trails across the province is continually growing, please contact the New Brunswick ATV or Snowmobile Federation for the most up-to-date information on approved trails.
Please note that it is an offence to operate an off-road vehicle on, or near a road or highway. A driver under 16 years of age is also prohibited from crossing any road or major highway.
The Off-Road Vehicle Enforcement Unit has been set up to put in force the terms of the Off-Road Vehicle Act. Two Officers are based in six strategic locations around the province.