23.335(4)(c)1.1. Each registration certificate issued under sub. (3) shall be accompanied by a registration decal. No person may operate an off-highway motorcycle for which registration is required without having the decal affixed as described in subd. 3., except as provided in subd. 4.
23.335(4)(c)2. 2. The decal shall contain a reference to the state and to the department, the vehicle identification number, and the expiration date of the registration, if the off-highway motorcycle is being registered for public use.
23.335(4)(c)3. 3. The person required to register an off-highway motorcycle shall affix the registration decal with its own adhesive in a position on the exterior of the motorcycle where it is clearly visible and shall maintain the decal so that it is in legible condition.
23.335(4)(c)4. 4. A person may operate an off-highway motorcycle without having a registration decal affixed if the owner has been issued a temporary operating receipt that shows that an application and the required fees for a registration certificate have been submitted to the department, and the person operating the off-highway motorcycle has the receipt in his or her possession. The person shall exhibit the receipt, upon demand, to any law enforcement officer.
23.335(4)(d) (d) Fees for certificates and decals.
23.335(4)(d)1.1. The fee for the issuance or renewal of a registration certificate for public use and the accompanying decal is $30. The department shall impose an additional late fee of $5 for the renewal of a registration certificate under this subdivision that is filed after the expiration date of the registration certificate unless the renewal is included with an application for transfer of the registration certificate.
23.335(4)(d)2. 2. The fee for the issuance or renewal of a registration certificate for private use and the accompanying decal is $15.
23.335(4)(d)3. 3. The fee for transferring a certificate under sub. (3) (e) is $5.
23.335(4)(e) (e) Duplicate certificates and decals.
23.335(4)(e)1.1. If a registration certificate issued under sub. (3) or accompanying decal is lost or destroyed, the holder of the certificate or decal may apply for a duplicate on a form provided by the department. Upon receipt of the application and the fee required under subd. 2., the department shall issue a duplicate certificate or decal to the applicant.
23.335(4)(e)2. 2. The fee for the issuance of a duplicate certificate for public or private use is $5, and the fee for a duplicate decal is $5.
23.335(4)(f) (f) Registration issuers. For the issuance of original or duplicate registration documents, for the issuance of reprints under s. 23.47 (3), and for the transfer or renewal of registration documents, the department may do any of the following:
23.335(4)(f)1. 1. Directly issue, transfer, or renew the registration documents with or without using the service specified in par. (g) 1. and directly issue the reprints.
23.335(4)(f)2. 2. Appoint persons who are not employees of the department as agents of the department to issue, transfer, or renew the registration documents using either or both of the services specified in par. (g) 1. and to issue the reprints.
23.335(4)(g) (g) Methods of issuance.
23.335(4)(g)1.1. For the issuance of original or duplicate registration documents and for the transfer or renewal of registration documents, the department may implement either or both of the following procedures to be provided by the department and any agents appointed under par. (f) 2.:
23.335(4)(g)1.a. a. A procedure under which the department or an agent appointed under par. (f) 2. accepts applications for registration documents and issues temporary operating receipts at the time applicants submit applications accompanied by the required fees.
23.335(4)(g)1.b. b. A procedure under which the department or an agent appointed under par. (f) 2. accepts applications for registration documents and issues to each applicant all or some of the registration documents at the time the applicant submits the application accompanied by the required fees.
23.335(4)(g)2. 2. Under either procedure under subd. 1., the department or agent shall issue to the applicant any remaining registration documents directly from the department at a later date. Any registration document issued under subd. 1. b. is sufficient to allow the vehicle for which the application is submitted to be operated in compliance with the registration requirements under this subsection.
23.335(4)(h) (h) Registration; supplemental fee. In addition to the applicable fee under par. (d) 1., 2., or 3. or (e) 2., each agent appointed under par. (f) 2. who accepts an application to renew registration documents in person shall collect an issuing fee of 50 cents and a transaction fee of 50 cents each time the agent issues renewal registration documents under par. (g) 1. or 2. The agent shall retain the entire amount of each issuing fee and transaction fee the agent collects.
23.335(4)(i) (i) Junked motorcycles. If an off-highway motorcycle is junked, the owner shall return the certificate of registration to the department marked “junked."
23.335(5) (5)Registration of off-highway motorcycle dealers.
23.335(5)(a)(a) A person who is an off-highway motorcycle dealer shall register with the department and obtain from the department a commercial off-highway motorcycle certificate. Upon receipt of the required fee under par. (e) and an application form provided by the department, the department shall issue the applicant a commercial off-highway motorcycle certificate and 3 accompanying decals.
23.335(5)(b) (b) A commercial off-highway motorcycle certificate is valid for 2 years.
23.335(5)(c) (c) A person who is required to obtain a commercial off-highway motorcycle certificate under par. (a) shall attach in a clearly visible place a plate or sign that is removable and temporarily but firmly mounted to any off-highway motorcycle that the person offers for sale or otherwise allows to be used whenever the off-highway motorcycle is being operated. A decal issued by the department under par. (a) shall be affixed to the plate or sign.
23.335(5)(d) (d) If a certificate or decal that was issued under par. (a) is lost or destroyed, the holder of the certificate or decal may apply for a duplicate on a form provided by the department. Upon receipt of the application and the required fee under par. (e), the department shall issue a duplicate certificate or decal to the applicant.
23.335(5)(e) (e) The fee for the issuance or renewal of a commercial off-highway motorcycle certificate with 3 accompanying decals is $90. The fee for additional decals is $30 for each decal. The fee for the issuance of a duplicate commercial off-highway motorcycle certificate is $5. The fee for each duplicate decal is $2.
23.335(5)(f) (f) A commercial off-highway motorcycle certificate may not be transferred.
23.335(5)(g) (g) Any off-highway motorcycle dealer or creditor may offer or sell guaranteed asset protection waivers in connection with the retail sale or lease of off-highway motorcycles in this state if the dealer or creditor complies with the same requirements applicable with respect to motor vehicles under s. 218.0148. Any guaranteed asset protection waiver offered or sold under this paragraph shall be treated the same as one offered or sold under s. 218.0148, including that the guaranteed asset protection waiver is not insurance.
23.335(5m) (5m)Alterations and falsifications prohibited.
23.335(5m)(a)(a) No person may intentionally do any of the following:
23.335(5m)(a)1. 1. Make a false statement on an application for a registration issued under sub. (2).
23.335(5m)(a)2. 2. Alter, remove, or change any number or other character in an engine serial number.
23.335(5m)(a)3. 3. Alter, remove or change any number or other character in a vehicle identification number.
23.335(5m)(b) (b) No person may do any of the following:
23.335(5m)(b)1. 1. Manufacture a vehicle identification number tag that the person knows to contain false information to be placed on an off-highway motorcycle that is manufactured on or after October 1, 2016.
23.335(5m)(b)2. 2. Place a vehicle identification number tag that the person knows to be false on an off-highway motorcycle.
23.335(6) (6)Nonresident trail passes.
23.335(6)(a) (a) In this subsection, “temporary trail use receipt" means a receipt issued by the department or an agent under this subsection that shows that an application and the required fees for a nonresident trail pass for off-highway motorcycle operation have been submitted to the department or an agent appointed under par. (e) 1.
23.335(6)(am) (am) Except as provided in pars. (b) and (f), no person may operate an off-highway motorcycle on an off-highway motorcycle corridor unless a nonresident trail pass for off-highway motorcycle operation is issued by the department to the person and the pass is permanently affixed on the exterior of the motorcycle where it is clearly visible or the person is carrying proof of a valid temporary trail use receipt.
23.335(6)(b) (b) An off-highway motorcycle that is registered under sub. (3) or that is exempt from registration under sub. (2) (b) 2., 3., or 4. is exempt from having a nonresident trail pass or temporary trail use receipt. The department may promulgate a rule to provide additional exemptions from the requirement of being issued a nonresident trail pass or from having to pay a fee for the pass. The department may promulgate a rule to exempt off-highway motorcycles that are exempt from registration under sub. (2) (b) 5. from having nonresident trail passes or temporary trail use receipts displayed as required under par. (am) or may promulgate a rule to exempt owners of such vehicles from having to pay any applicable nonresident trail pass fee.
23.335(6)(c) (c) There is no fee for a nonresident trail pass issued for an off-highway motorcycle that is registered under s. 23.35. The department or Indian tribe or band shall issue a nonresident trail pass for such an off-highway motorcycle when it issues the registration certificate for the motorcycle. The department shall provide Indian tribes or bands that register off-highway motorcycles under s. 23.35 with a supply of trail passes.
23.335(6)(d) (d) The fee for an annual nonresident trail pass is $34.25. The fee for a 5-day nonresident trail pass is $19.25. Annual trail passes expire on March 31 of each year.
23.335(6)(e)1.1. The department may appoint any person who is not an employee of the department as the department's agent to issue temporary trail use receipts and collect the fees for these receipts.
23.335(6)(e)2. 2. Any person, including the department, who issues a nonresident trail pass or a temporary trail use receipt shall collect in addition to the fee under par. (d) an issuing fee of 75 cents. An agent appointed under subd. 1. may retain 50 cents of the issuing fee to compensate the agent for the agent's services in issuing the temporary trail use receipt.
23.335(6)(e)3. 3. The department shall establish, by rule, procedures for issuing nonresident trail passes and temporary trail use receipts, and the department may promulgate rules regulating the activities of persons who are appointed to be agents under this paragraph.
23.335(6)(f) (f) A person may operate an off-highway motorcycle off the highways in this state during the first full weekend in June of each year without having a nonresident trail pass or temporary trail use receipt as required under par. (am).
23.335(7) (7)Rental of limited use off-highway motorcycles.
23.335(7)(a)(a) No person who is engaged in the rental or leasing of limited use off-highway motorcycles to the public may do any of the following:
23.335(7)(a)1. 1. Rent or lease a limited use off-highway motorcycle for operation by a person who will be operating the limited use off-highway motorcycle for the first time unless the person engaged in the rental or leasing gives the person instruction on how to operate the limited use off-highway motorcycle.
23.335(7)(a)2. 2. Rent or lease a limited use off-highway motorcycle to a person under 12 years of age.
23.335(7)(a)3. 3. Rent or lease a limited use off-highway motorcycle without first ascertaining that any person under the age of 18 who will be on the vehicle has protective headgear of the type required under s. 347.485 (1) (a).
23.335(7)(b) (b) A person who is engaged in the rental or leasing of limited use off-highway motorcycles to the public shall have clean, usable protective headgear available for rent in sufficient quantity to provide headgear to all persons under the age of 18 who will be on the limited use off-highway motorcycles that the person rents or leases.
23.335(7)(c) (c) The department may promulgate rules to establish minimum standards for the instruction given under par. (a) 1.
23.335(8) (8)Use of protective headgear.
23.335(8)(a) (a) Off highway. No person may operate an off-highway motorcycle on an off-highway motorcycle corridor, or be a passenger on an off-highway motorcycle that is being operated on an off-highway motorcycle corridor, without wearing protective headgear of the type required under s. 347.485 (1) (a), with the chin strap properly fastened, unless one of the following applies:
23.335(8)(a)1. 1. The person is at least 18 years of age.
23.335(8)(a)2. 2. The person is traveling for the purpose of hunting or fishing and is at least 12 years of age.
23.335(8)(a)3. 3. The off-highway motorcycle is being operated for an agricultural purpose.
23.335(8)(b) (b) On highway. No person may operate a limited use off-highway motorcycle on an off-highway motorcycle route or in an area where operation is authorized under sub. (10) (a) or (11) (a), or be a passenger on an off-highway motorcycle that is being operated on such a route or in such an area, without wearing protective headgear of the type required under s. 347.485 (1) (a), with the chin strap properly fastened, unless the person is at least 18 years of age.
23.335(8)(c) (c) On corridors and routes. No person may operate or be a passenger on an off-highway motorcycle that is being operated on an off-highway motorcycle corridor or on an off-highway motorcycle route without wearing glasses, wearing goggles, or wearing a protective face shield that is attached to headgear approved by the department.
23.335(9) (9)Rules of operation.
23.335(9)(a) (a) No person who is operating an off-highway motorcycle off a highway may do any of the following:
23.335(9)(a)1. 1. Operate the off-highway motorcycle in any careless way so as to endanger another person or the property of another.
23.335(9)(a)2. 2. Operate the off-highway motorcycle at a rate of speed that is unreasonable under the circumstances.
23.335(9)(a)3. 3. Operate the off-highway motorcycle on private property without the consent of the owner or lessee. Failure to post private property does not imply consent for off-highway motorcycle use.
23.335(9)(a)4. 4. Operate the off-highway motorcycle on public property that is posted as closed to off-highway motorcycle operation or on which the operation of an off-highway motorcycle is prohibited by law.
23.335(9)(a)5. 5. Operate the off-highway motorcycle on Indian lands without the consent of the tribal governing body or Indian owner. Failure to post Indian lands does not imply consent for off-highway motorcycle use.
23.335(9)(a)6. 6. Operate the off-highway motorcycle at a speed exceeding 10 miles per hour, if the off-highway motorcycle is within 100 feet of a fishing shanty.
23.335(9)(a)7. 7. Operate the off-highway motorcycle at a speed exceeding 10 miles per hour, if the off-highway motorcycle is within 150 feet of a dwelling. The speed limit specified in this subsection does not apply to a person operating an off-highway motorcycle on a roadway that is designated as an off-highway motorcycle route.
23.335(9)(a)8. 8. Operate the off-highway motorcycle on the frozen surface of public waters or on an off-highway motorcycle trail at a speed exceeding 10 miles per hour or without yielding the right-of-way when within 100 feet of another person who is not operating a motor vehicle, an all-terrain vehicle, a utility terrain vehicle, an off-highway motorcycle, or a snowmobile.
23.335(9)(a)9. 9. Operate the off-highway motorcycle to drive or pursue any animal except as part of normal farming operations involving livestock.
23.335(9)(a)10. 10. Operate the off-highway motorcycle in a manner which violates rules promulgated by the department. This subdivision does not authorize the department to promulgate or enforce a rule that imposes a speed restriction that is more stringent than a speed restriction specified under this paragraph.
23.335(9)(b) (b) The speed restrictions under par. (a) 6. and 8. do not apply to a race or derby sponsored by a local governmental unit, by an off-highway motorcycle association, or by a similar organization that is approved by a local governmental unit if the sponsor of the race or derby marks the race or derby route or track to warn spectators from entering the route or track.
23.335(9)(c)1.1. The distance restriction under par. (a) 8. does not apply to persons who are assisting in directing a race or derby sponsored by a local governmental unit, by an off-highway motorcycle association, or by a similar organization that is approved by a local governmental unit.
23.335(9)(c)2. 2. The distance restriction under par. (a) 8. does not apply if the person who is not operating the motor vehicle, all-terrain vehicle, utility terrain vehicle, off-highway motorcycle, or snowmobile gives his or her consent to have the person operating the off-highway motorcycle at a closer distance.
23.335(10) (10)Operation on highways; limited use motorcycles.
23.335(10)(a)(a) Generally. No person may operate a limited use off-highway motorcycle on the roadway portion of any highway unless one of the following applies:
23.335(10)(a)1. 1. Operation on the roadway is necessary to cross the roadway. The crossing of a roadway is authorized only if the crossing is done in the most direct manner practicable, if the crossing is made at a place where no obstruction prevents a quick and safe crossing, and if the operator stops the limited use off-highway motorcycle prior to entering the crossing and yields the right-of-way to any other vehicles, pedestrians, electric scooters, or electric personal assistive mobility devices that are using the roadway.
23.335(10)(a)2. 2. Operation on the roadway is necessary to cross a bridge, culvert, or railroad right-of-way. The crossing of a bridge, culvert, or railroad right-of-way is not authorized if the roadway is officially closed to off-highway motorcycle traffic. The crossing is authorized only if the crossing is done in the most direct manner practicable, if the crossing is made at a place where no obstruction prevents a quick and safe crossing, and if the operator stops the limited use off-highway motorcycle prior to entering the crossing and yields the right-of-way to any other vehicles, pedestrians, electric scooters, or electric personal assistive mobility devices that are using the roadway.
23.335(10)(a)2m. 2m. Operation is on the roadway or shoulder for the purpose of crossing a bridge that is 1,000 feet in length or less if the operation is in compliance with a county ordinance adopted under sub. (21) (am) that applies to that bridge and a city, village, or town ordinance adopted under sub. (21) (am) that applies to that bridge.
23.335(10)(a)3. 3. Operation is on a roadway which is not maintained, or is only minimally maintained, on a seasonal basis for motor vehicle traffic. Such operation is authorized only during the seasons when no maintenance occurs and only if the roadway is not officially closed to off-highway motorcycle traffic.
23.335(10)(a)4. 4. Operation is on a roadway that is an off-highway motorcycle route. Such operation is authorized only for the extreme right side of the roadway except that left turns may be made from any part of the roadway which is safe given prevailing conditions.
23.335(10)(a)5. 5. The operator of the limited use off-highway motorcycle is a person who holds a Class A permit or a Class B permit under s. 29.193 (2) and who is traveling for the purpose of hunting or is otherwise engaging in an activity authorized by the permit.
23.335(10)(a)6. 6. The limited use off-highway motorcycle is registered for private use under sub. (3) and is being used exclusively as an implement of husbandry or for agricultural purposes. Such operation is authorized only for the extreme right side of the roadway except that left turns may be made from any part of the roadway which is safe given prevailing conditions.
23.335(10)(a)7. 7. The roadway part of the highway is blocked off for a special off-highway motorcycle event as authorized under par. (b).
23.335(10)(b) (b) Off-highway motorcycle events. A local governmental unit may block off highways under its jurisdiction for the purpose of allowing special off-highway motorcycle events. No state trunk highway or connecting highway, or part thereof, may be blocked off by any local governmental unit for any off-highway motorcycle event. A local governmental unit shall notify the local police department and the county sheriff's office at least one week in advance of the time and place of any off-highway motorcycle event that may result in any street, or part thereof, of the local governmental unit being blocked off.
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2017-18 Wisconsin Statutes updated through 2019 Wis. Act 18 and through all Supreme Court and Controlled Substances Board Orders filed before and in effect on October 1, 2019. Published and certified under s. 35.18. Changes effective after October 1, 2019, are designated by NOTES. (Published 10-1-19)