West Virginia counties cannot require ATV stickers, DMV says

Publish Date: 
Oct 28, 2013

WELLSBURG, W.V. - Planning commissioners in Brooke County want to require decals to identify ATVs and help collect property taxes, but the state’s Division of Motor Vehicles says their plan is a non-starter.

A proposed ordinance would have required ATV owners to display a sticker on the vehicles that they would only receive upon paying property taxes on their ATVs, according to the Intelligencer.

DMV Commissioner Steven O. Dale told county Commissioner Tim Ennis in a letter that requiring decals would overstep the county’s authority. State code lets local governments regulate the operation of ATVs and determine whether or not to allow them on city and county roads, but Dale said the authority does not extend to registration.

A 2008 study by West Virginia University and the Centers for Disease Control concerning ATV deaths in the state indicates that fewer than one-third of ATVs in the state are titled, as required by law.

In his letter to Ennis, Dale acknowledged that, "unless an ATV is purchased from a dealer there is a high rate of non-compliance because of the lack of an enforcement tool."

Posted by Holly Wagner