Ask a Trooper: What are rules for helmets while riding ATVs?

Published 10:21 pm Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Ask a Trooper by Troy Christianson

Troy Christianson

Question: Can my child use a bicycle helmet when he is a passenger in my side by side or ATV?

Answer: In Minnesota, any class 1 or 2 ATV operator or passengers under the age of 18 must wear an approved helmet when riding on public lands or waters, or a public road right-of-way. You are required to wear a seat belt if provided by the manufacturer.

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An approved helmet worn by an operator or passenger must meet federal law, which requires the helmet to display the symbol DOT. DOT is the manufacturer’s certification that the helmet conforms to the applicable federal motor vehicle safety standards. Standard bicycle helmets and hockey helmets are not legal helmets.

By paying attention, driving the speed limit, wearing your seat belt and never drive impaired, you can reduce your chances of being involved in a potentially life-changing crash.

If you have any questions concerning traffic related laws or issues in Minnesota send your questions to Sgt. Troy Christianson, Minnesota State Patrol, at 2900 48th St. NW, Rochester, MN 55901-5848; or reach him at

Troy Christianson is a sergeant with the Minnesota State Patrol.