ATV Safety, Training, and Reporting Accidents
ATV riding can be a risky sport. Before you ride, learn how to properly use all the mechanical controls and safety devices of your vehicle by reading your owner’s manual. Most importantly, take a safety course before riding. Riders 16 years of age or older are encouraged to visit the ATV Safety Training.
Safety Training Requirement for Youth Riders
No one under 8 years of age is allowed to operate an ATV on any state-owned property. ATV riders ages 8 to 15 must complete a prescribed ATV safety training course and receive an ATV training certificate to ride on lands other than their parents’ or guardian’s property.
Safety training classes are given by trained volunteer instructors. All youth ages 8 to 15 who complete the course will receive a safety course certificate. For information about a safety instructor near you see the list of youth ATV safety instructors by county (PDF) or contact DCNR’s Bureau of Forestry at 717-783-7941.
ATV Riding Safety Tips - Keep your ride safe and fun by following these safety tips:
Reporting ATV Accidents
If you are involved in an accident that results in the injury or death of any person, or property damages to the estimated amount of $100 or more, you must report the matter using the Snowmobile/ATV Accident Report Form (PDF) within seven days to the:
Department of Conservation and Natural Resources
Bureau of Forestry
P.O. Box 8552
Harrisburg, PA 17105
It is a violation of the Snowmobile/ATV Law not to report an accident.
If involved in an accident, you must stop and give your name and address, the name and address of the owner of the vehicle and its registration number to the other person(s) involved in the accident or to a police officer.
Accident forms also are available upon request from the:
Bureau of Forestry
Bureau of State Parks
State police stations
National Off-Highway Vehicle Conservation Council Safety Information