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ATV Safety Instructor Operations Guide

Operating an Off-Highway Vehicle in Texas

A person may not operate an off-highway vehicle on public off-highway vehicle land or a beach unless the person meets at least one of the stipulations below:

Operation in Texas State Parks

No person shall operate an off-highway vehicle on land designated by the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department for off-highway vehicle use unless an off-highway decal has been affixed to the off-highway vehicle in compliance with Texas Parks and Wildlife Code §29.003.


The approved curriculum for ATV instructors to teach is the most current version of ASI’s ATV RiderCourse that includes hands-on training.

Vehicle Requirements

All off-highway vehicles used for training in a safety training course shall be no greater than the recommended size for the person in accordance with the age/size recommendations of the manufacturer.

A person who operates an off-highway vehicle on a public highway pursuant to Texas Transportation Code §551A.057 or §551A.058 must have a warning flag mounted on the rear of the vehicle that meets the following standards:

Training Course Locations

ASI will determine appropriate locations for safety training courses based on the quantity of training requests and the availability of training facilities and instructors.

Course Completion Certificates

An ATV instructor shall issue a safety certificate to a student immediately following the student’s successful completion of a safety training course.

Reporting to TDLR

ASI must provide the names of all persons who have successfully completed a training course to TDLR, no later than 45 days after the date of course completion.

Duplicate Certificates

ASI may issue duplicate certificates to students upon request.

Students Under 18 Years of Age

A child under the age of 18 years of age may not participate as a student in a safety training course unless the program sponsor (ASI) has obtained:

Safety training courses attended by children under age 16 shall be modified according to the most current standards of ASI.