On July 14, 2020 the Vanderburgh County Board of Commissioners authorized Off-Road Vehicles to be operated within Vanderburgh County, Indiana, outside the corporate limits of the City of Evansville and the Town of Darmstadt, Indiana subject to the following requirements summarized below:

The complete Off-Road Vehicle ordinance is available here: County Ordinance 10.60

Golf Carts
By state statute and local ordinance, golf carts are not considered Off-Road Vehicles and NOT currently permited to operate on any county or city roadway. For more information, please click here.

An Off-Road Vehicle operator who violates any provision of the county Off-Road Vehicle ordinance is subject to a fine of $50 for a first offense, a fine of $100 for a second offense and a fine of $500 for a third offense (within the same calendar year).

For information regarding how to register your Off-Road Vehicle, please visit the Bureau of Motor Vehicles (BMV) website.

The BMV will not register an Off-Road Vehicle as a normal motor vehicle (regardless if lighting, street tires, and safety equipment has been retrofitted).

Indiana Code 9-18.1-14-11 requires an individual less than eighteen (18) years of age who is operating or riding on an Off-Road Vehicle to wear a DOT approved helmet. IC 14-16-1-33 places responsibility for ensuring underage riders wear helmets on the owner or possessor of the Off-Road Vehicle.

Under the law, owners of ORVs who allow children younger than age 18 to ride their ORV on public or private property without wearing an approved helmet can be charged with a Class C infraction, which carries a maximum penalty of $500.

County Off-Road Vehicle Map 

Pictured above: County Off-Road Vehicle Map. Off-Road Vehices may not be operated on roadways depicted in red or blue or within the City of Evansville or the Town of Darmstadt.

Off-Road Vehicles in Indiana

Visit the Indiana Department of Natural Resources website to learn more about Off-Road Vehicle safety and operation.