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Off-highway motorcycle riding in Wisconsin

Off-highway motorcycle operators enjoying the trails.

Photo by Bryan Much

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for a safety class to get a safety certification card (operator license).
your OHM to operate on trails, routes and corridors open to the public.
pertaining to motorcycles. [PDF]
and trail aids for communities.
a trail to ride.

When Gov. Scott Walker signed 2016 Wis Act 170 into law, the new Off-Highway Motorcycle (OHM) Program was created for Wisconsin. Under Wisconsin Statutes, the OHM Program begins on October 1, 2016.

Wisconsin Statutes define an OHM as any 2-wheeled motor vehicle that is straddled by the operator, that is equipped with handlebars, and that is designed for use off a highway, regardless of whether the motor vehicle is also designed for use on a highway.

All OHM operators that are at least 12 years old and born after January 1, 1998, must have completed OHM Safety certification to operate an OHM on areas open to the public for recreational use. Training courses come in 2 forms:

  • Online combined ATV/OHM Safety Certification training course for operators needing both certifications (there is a fee)
  • Online OHM short-course for previous WI ATV Safety graduates that only need OHM Safety certification (free of charge)
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Contact Information

Off-highway motorcycle registration

Use the Go Wild registration system.

Off-highway motorcycle administrator supervisor

April Dombrowski

Off-highway trail information

Brigit Brown

Grant program information

Mary Rose Teves
Last revised: Tuesday July 02 2019