All ATVs in Pennsylvania -- except ATVs used solely for business or agricultural purposes -- need to be registered and titled with DCNR.
The type of registration you need depends on where you plan to ride your ATV:
General Registration -- This registration permits the ATV to be operated off the owner or operator’s private property. The registration fee is $20 for two years. The owner is provided with a registration plate, an expiration sticker, and a Certificate of Registration wallet card.
Limited Registration -- This registration is for ATVs used exclusively on the property of the owner. There is no fee and the registration does not expire. The owner is provided with a registration plate and a card, but no expiration sticker.
In Pennsylvania, registration is not required for:
ATVs used exclusively as utility vehicles for agricultural or business operations
ATVs owned by nonresidents covered by a valid registration in their state, province, or country that honors Pennsylvania registration
ATVs owned and used by a federal, state, or local government body
ATVs owned by a dealer who has been issued a dealer registration certificate and used only in connection with the dealer’s business
When you register your ATV, you will be issued a registration plate for your vehicle. An expiration sticker to be affixed to the plate will be issued for general registrations. This registration plate shall be securely attached to the upper half of the rear of the ATV. No part of the plate shall be in line with a tire.
The information on the plate must be clearly visible from behind the ATV. It is important to clean mud and dirt off your ATV registration plate at frequent intervals so the information on the plate is clearly visible.
The registration sticker must be placed in a bottom corner of the plate.
Summary of Pennsylvania's ATV Law (PDF)
Comprehensive Regulations for ATV Operations in Pennsylvania
*** Information copied from the Pennsylvania Department of Conservation & Natural Resources Webpage -