Questions from our members: Registration and Insurance
We receive many questions from our members. One of the most common questions is about registration and insurance. NSORRA President Josh Kelly responds to the question.
Requirements of NS OHV Act
There are three basic components to being compliant with the Off-Highway Vehicle Act (OHV Act) of Nova Scotia.
1. All NS riders are required to complete the dirt bike safety course.
NSORRA is the sole provider of the certified and approved Motorcycle Safety Foundation's (MSF) Dirt Bike Basic Safety Course. It is a progressive, safe, fun way to learn fundamental techniques for operating your dirt bike. Click on this link to the OHV Riders Handbook. Click on this link to register for a course.
2. Register and plate your off-highway bike annually.
It is strongly encouraged that you register your off-highway dirt bikes. The red off-highway license plate is a requirement to ride on public land or on trails that you don't own or have private and permissible access to.
With every red plate that is purchased and subsequently renewed, 80% of that registration money goes directly back into the OHV community through the province's Off-Highway Infrastructure Fund. NSORRA accesses those monies on an annual basis to keep our organization running so we can provide safe ride parks across the province, beginner and advanced training opportunities, hare scramble race events and recreational rides.
Much is done behind the scenes all year long by NSORRA working with the ATV and snowmobile associations and government to represent and build safe riding opportunities, including the addition of linear trail. (NSORRA is also leading an initiative to replace metal license plates with stickers; more easily displayed on dirt bikes. Stay tuned for updates).
3. Carry liability insurance for your bike(s)
Liability insurance is required for all motorized vehicles. This is to protect you in the event your bike is involved in an incident that causes damage to someone else or their property.
NSORRA members (including underage riders) benefit from group rates at Oasis insurance. All riders should purchase liability insurance. Riders have the option to purchase comprehensive coverage as well.