All-Terrain Vehicles

An all-terrain vehicle (ATV) is defined as "any motorized vehicle manufactured and used exclusively for off-highway use which is 50 inches or less in width, with an unladen dry weight of 1,500 pounds or less, traveling on 3, 4, or more non-highway tires."

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:

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 processing fee.

You will be issued a registration (decal) that must be renewed every three years.  For questions regarding equipment requirements, restrictions, and regulations regarding operation of an ATV, please refer to Sections 307.198 and 304.013, RSMo.

Utility Vehicles

A utility vehicle is “any motorized vehicle manufactured and used exclusively for off-highway use which is more than fifty inches but no more than sixty-seven inches in width, with an unladen dry weight of two thousand pounds or less, traveling on four or six wheels, to be used primarily for landscaping, lawn care, or maintenance purposes.”

  • A utility vehicle does not meet the definition of a motor vehicle or ATV, and will not be titled and registered.
  • A utility vehicle cannot be operated upon the highways of this state unless it is:
    • Owned and operated by governmental entity for official use,
    • Operated for agricultural or industrial on-premise purposes, or
    • Operated by a handicapped person for short distances on secondary roads.
  • The operator of a utility vehicle must have a valid driver license, but does not have to be motorcycle qualified.
  • Cities and 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 or county.
  • The seller of utility vehicles is responsible for collecting and remitting all applicable state and local tax on new utility vehicles.
  • The purchaser of a utility vehicle may qualify for a “farm use” sales 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 more than fifty inches but no more than sixty-seven inches in width, with an unladen dry weight of two thousand pounds or less, traveling on four or more non-highway tires and which may have access to ATV trails."

  • A recreational off-highway vehicle does not meet the definition of a motor vehicle or ATV, and will not be titled and registered.
  • The seller of recreational off-highway vehicles is responsible for collecting and remitting all applicable state and local tax on new recreational off-highway vehicles.
  • The purchaser of a recreational off-highway vehicle may qualify for a “farm use” sales tax exemption.