Titling & Registration Requirements for All-Terrain Vehicles
You have 30 days from the date of purchase to title and pay sales tax on your newly purchased ATV. If you do not title the ATV within 30 days, there is a title penalty of $25 on the 31st day after purchase. The penalty increases another $25 for every 30 days you are late with a maximum penalty of $200. Our online sales tax calculator may help you calculate the taxes and fees you will pay.
- No sales tax is due on a used ATV purchased from an individual for less than $3,000.
- There is no exemption from paying sales tax on an ATV purchased for “farm use”.
To title and register an ATV in the state of Missouri, the owner must submit the following:
- The Certificate of Title or Manufacturer's Statement of Origin (MSO), properly signed over to you (see instructions);
- A signed Application for Missouri Title and License (Form 108);
- Notarized Lien Release (Form 4809), if applicable.
You will pay:
- State sales tax of 4.225 percent and any local sales tax due on the net purchase price (the purchase price less trade-in allowance or other allowance, if any). Local sales tax is based on the rate where you live, not where you bought the ATV.
- $8.50 title fee
- $10.25 registration (decal) fee; and
- $6.00 title processing fee.
You will be issued a registration (decal) that must be renewed every three years. For questions regarding equipment requirements and restrictions/regulations regarding operation of an ATV, please refer to Sections 307.198 and 304.013, RSMo.
Off-Road Utility Vehicles
A “Utility vehicle” is “any motorized vehicle manufactured and used exclusively for off-highway use which is sixty-three inches or less in width, with an unladen dry weight of 1,850 pounds or less, traveling on four or six wheels, to be used primarily for landscaping, lawn care, or maintenance purposes.”
- Utility vehicles do not meet the definition of a motor vehicle or ATV, and will not be titled and registered. Examples of off-road utility vehicles include, but are not limited to:
- Max/Buffalo, Etc.
- Utility vehicles cannot be operated upon the highways of this state unless they are:
- Owned and operated by governmental entity for official use,
- Operated for agricultural or industrial on-premise purposes, or
- Operated by handicapped persons for short distances on secondary roads.
- The operator must have a valid driver license, but does not have to be motorcycle qualified.
- Cities/counties are allowed to issue special permits for utility vehicles to be used on county roads within the county or on highways within the city to licensed drivers for a fee of $15. The fee is to be kept by such city/county.
- The seller of a utility vehicle is responsible for collecting and remitting all applicable state and local tax on new utility vehicles.
- Utility vehicle owners may qualify for a “farm use” tax exemption.
Recreational Off-Highway Vehicles
A “Recreational Off-Highway Vehicle" is "any motorized vehicle manufactured and used exclusively for off-highway use which is sixty-four inches or less in width, with an unladen dry weight of two thousand pounds or less, traveling on four or more nonhighway tires, with a nonstraddle seat, and steering wheel, which may have access to ATV trails."
- Recreational off-highway vehicles do not meet the definition of a motor vehicle or ATV, and will not be titled and registered.