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I promised to post an outline of my experience as an Oregon resident getting my Maverick registered and licensed for street use in Arizona. It ended up not being too difficult overall - hopefully others can learn from (and build on) my experiences.

The premise of this post is that the Catch-22 for non-Arizona residents wanting to drive on the street with their SxS/UTVs is that you can't get an Arizona license plate for it directly without being an Arizona resident, and that's one of ADOT's requirements for being able to drive on the street with them. Out-of-staters can ride off-road with their home state's OHV tag (short term visitors), or you can purchase an Arizona OHV permit.

First off, your SxS/UTV has to meet all of the rules/requirements for off-road use, with the additional requirements of a horn, license plate (lighted), and liability insurance. You may also want to consider adding turn signals and outside rear-view mirrors to your SxS for safety reasons if possible, even though AZ regs don't specifically call for those. (It really depends on where you'll be driving on the streets and how comfortable you are without those two items, though.)

Next, you'll need an Arizona address. I believe this could be for someone you know that lives and is a resident down in Arizona that you could ask to have your mail sent to in care of, but I opted to try to get a PO box. The main issue with doing that however is that even though you can order the PO box from USPS online, in order to finalize the purchase, you have to physically visit the post office where the PO box is going to be at, which means a trip down to Arizona. Fortunately, there is another option - there are mailbox service providers that allow you to setup a mailbox remotely with a real street address in Arizona without having to physically visit the site. I used iPostal1 - it allows you to setup and manage your mailbox right from your computer, including notification for arriving mail items and forwarding to your home address. (There are other services out there, iPostal1 just happened to be the one I chose.)

After you have an Arizona address established, you can get the ball rolling on the actual ADOT licensing and registration process. You can go directly through ADOT for this; however, being a non-Arizona resident, I am not very familiar with all of the rules for vehicle registration down there. Fortunately, there are several ADOT-authorized 3rd party providers down there that specialize in doing exactly this process for you that know the exact steps to make sure that you're legally and fully registered for on- and off-road use. Here's the two relavent websites/URLs that show all of those businesses:


The second link is an interactive map of all of the ADOT-authorized 3rd party providers, it makes it really easy to find one that can help. I chose Footework out of Williams, but I'm sure that the process is basically the same with all of them. In order to get registered and licensed, they require two notarized power-of-attorney forms (one for them and one for ADOT) that allow them to submit the DMV paperwork on your behalf; they also require a perfected copy of the UTV/SxS/ATVs title. Additionally, they will need your Arizona address, a copy of your (state of residence) driver's license, and proof of insurance. In my case, I sent all of that to them via snail mail, but there may be other options for submitting those items (i.e. fax, scanned email attachment, etc). There is also a fee for the service - for Footework, it was a total of $89, but other providers may charge more or less. I had my AZ registration, plate, and both on- and off-road tags in about a week after they received the paperwork, and they were able to actually send it directly to my home address up here in Oregon (other service providers may or may not be able to do the same).

As per the ADOT rules, in order to be street-legal, your new Arizona license plate must be displayed on a lighted license plate holder on the rear of the vehicle, with the on-road tag on the upper right-hand corner of the license plate, and the off-road tag on the upper left-hand corner. Another thing to be aware of is that I believe there is a cutoff for the weight of the vehicle to be able to qualify for the OHV sticker (1,800 pounds, I think). The 2-seater Maverick X3 falls under this limit, but I'm not certain if any of the 4-seaters do.

Again, this guide/outline is based on what I've done, and is accurate is as much as to my experiences thus far. I have not been down to Arizona with the plate on the back yet, so I will update with any negative 'feedback' from LEOs that we may encounter once we take our first trip down there with the Maverick this spring. If anyone has any comments/questions/corrections to any of the above, please feel free to add to this thread as needed.
 

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I've never done an emissions test?
 

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We have licensed ours out of Parker AZ.

Our home State is Oregon, so all we had to do is, have an AZ address, which we have from a friend that lives in Quartzsite, if you have your title, you need to switch it to AZ, if you only have the registration, then you need to take to DMV and they DMV confirms Vin #.
All we needed was Horn and license plate light..
Next get insurance for AZ.

$35 later we have our plates.
$25 for plate and $10 for OHV tag
Easy Peasy.

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Oh - the bank holds the title for my Maverick, probably would have been helpful to mention that in my post. Also, SxS's are considered to be Class IV ATVs in Oregon, which do not require or have a registration, so you can't use that. Not sure how difficult it would be to change the title to the Arizona address in my case, since it's not my legal/primary residence up here in Oregon. I would imagine that the lienholder needs that to be your primary residence though. If you hold the title, it's probably far less complicated.

Also, I wanted to have the registration and plate before we left for our weeklong vacation in the spring - if we were spending a little longer down there, I heard that ADOT is pretty quick about turning things around, so we may have been able to get that taken care in time to drive on the streets during our vacation. As it is, we wanted to just have everything taken care of before we arrived in April. Plus, having a service provider take care of everything correctly is worth it to me so there was no doubt that we were legal.
 

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I've never done an emissions test?
From what I was reading on the ADOT website (and others), the DEQ inspections are a requirement only if you live or ride in Phoenix or Tucson. All other areas of the state do not require the DEQ cert. Do you ride in either of those areas, and if so, what has been your experience when purchasing/renewing your license or OHV permit? Is it one of those things that you only get nailed on if you get pulled over?
 

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From what I was reading on the ADOT website (and others), the DEQ inspections are a requirement only if you live or ride in Phoenix or Tucson. All other areas of the state do not require the DEQ cert. Do you ride in either of those areas, and if so, what has been your experience when purchasing/renewing your license or OHV permit? Is it one of those things that you only get nailed on if you get pulled over?
I live in Tucson. Never did the emissions test, nor does it say it on the renewal when it arrives in the mail. I've never been pulled over, so I can't speak to that. The only renewing issue I have encountered is last year when they sent me my registration, and they said I owed something like $380. I went down to the DMV, and told them I wasn't paying that since I've been paying $35. They asked me what my offroad/ onroad percentage was. I told them 80% offroad, 20% onroad, and they said $35, paid and left.
 
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I live in Tucson. Never did the emissions test, nor does it say it on the renewal when it arrives in the mail. I've never been pulled over, so I can't speak to that. The only renewing issue I have encountered is last year when they sent me my registration, and they said I owed something like $380. I went down to the DMV, and told them I wasn't paying that since I've been paying $35. They asked me what my offroad/ onroad percentage was. I told them 80% offroad, 20% onroad, and they said $35, paid and left.
I live in Mesquite, NV (right on the border). NV doesn't have a street legal lisc. yet. Went to AZ DMV with title and buddy's address, no problem registering machine. He did say on renewal to be sure to do the offroad first else the system charges the higher fee. I ride in UT in summer and as of 1st of year they require offroad sticker that cost $30. I don't mind as long as it goes to trail maintenance rather than some politician. Pretty soon you'll have to make a special plate just to display all the states you want to ride in.
 

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I live in the Phx area and have not had to do an emissions test. However I have a 4 seater and my yearly did go up to about 400 per year.
Unfortunately I was not successful in getting them to lower it.
I drive it whenever and wherever I like and have had no issues yet.
 

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Hmm......not sure what's up with that, maybe it's one of those things they don't really press too hard with off-road vehicles? Or maybe there's not any OHV trails in Phoenix or Tucson proper? I've never been to either city, so I'm clueless as to what those areas are like. By the same token, I can't imagine that you'd want to slice-and-dice in big city traffic with a Maverick, so it's probably a non-issue in most cases.

Also, I'd heard about the VLT down there - originally I was worried that it was going to cost upwards of $300-$400 bucks to register, but after talking with Footework, they said it wasn't required due to the 80/20 rule you mentioned. That's why I went with them in lieu of trying to do it myself - they know all the rules/regs/loopholes up front so I didn't have to do any back-and-forth with ADOT trying to figure it all out myself. The bonus is that it really didn't cost me much more to go through them versus me doing it all myself.
 

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I'll give footewrok a call, I would love to avoid the 400 a year fee. With all the driving I do off road the miles I do put on in the city are less than 20% for sure.
 

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I'll give footewrok a call, I would love to avoid the 400 a year fee. With all the driving I do off road the miles I do put on in the city are less than 20% for sure.
Yes, definitely ask them about that - it would be nice to avoid paying more than you have to. I may be all wet on this, but I believe there's also a weight cutoff on the registration somehow (1,800 pounds, I think), but that may or may not come into play here. I'm by no means any kind of expert on all of this, just relating my experience in registering my Maverick down there is all. That's mainly why I went with Footework, since they're the experts and know the correct way to do it so that I don't run afoul of any of the rules and/or miss anything in the process.
 

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Ya 1800 is the limit and the max is 1840 by manufacture specs... so we get hosed. I was told at the third party that they hear that may be going away, but I will not hold my breath.
 

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The smaller (i.e. 2-seater) Mavs and RZRs and such sneak in just under the limit, but I do recall specifically seeing the 4-seater Max's with plates on the road last time we were down at Havasu, so folks are still definitely getting them registered/licensed. No clue on what they paid to do it though. I would guess the reasoning is that ADOT has to write the rules so that normal passenger cars and trucks can't get around paying that VLT, but I don't think there's many cars that are under 2,000 lbs.
 

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I got some of the scoop today at DMV

We went into license our 2020 RR
Total cost was $35.00 with OHV permit.

3 different types of licensing
#1 totally off road has to be trailered to trails. $25
#2 is 100% on and off road $543.00 a year
#3 which is the best for most of us.
80% road 20% off road. $35

Now this is where people are getting the higher price is, when you do renewal online, make sure you buy the OFF ROAD PERMIT 1ST, Otherwise you will be charged the Full road permit at $500 plus with NO REFUND.

Didn't ask about the weight and it was on our registration from Oregon.
No emissions either

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My understanding (and from the info that Footework told me) is that the higher license/registration and VLT only come into play if you're spending a majority of the time driving it on the road, so that all makes sense. That's where the magic of the 80/20 off-road usage rule comes into play.

I did pay a bit more to go through Footework to get all of this done, but in my situation it just made more sense. Between your info above and my experience with Footework, it should give visitors a couple of options for getting their SxS's registered for on-road use if needed.
 

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I have to disagree on your statement about online renewal. I did mine again this year just 2 weeks ago. Renewed the registration first ($10.38) and then got the OHV permit ($25.50) on ServiceArizona.com with no issues at all. Not sure how this got started but it has never been an issue in the past.
 

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I have to disagree on your statement about online renewal. I did mine again this year just 2 weeks ago. Renewed the registration first ($10.38) and then got the OHV permit ($25.50) on ServiceArizona.com with no issues at all. Not sure how this got started but it has never been an issue in the past.
I did everything at DMV.
All at one time no need to go to service Arizona website.

I'm just relaying what DMV said,
You can do it how you like.

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Question, does Arizona recognized other state endorsements for on road use? I opted with New Mexico as I’m a California resident and ride in AZ Nm and Utah among other states.

I went with NM as I was able to do it all from the inner web


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