Black Hills National Forest Annual Motorized (MVU) Trail Permits

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The 2019 permits are NOT available on this website. Please call Black Hills National Forest at 605-673-9239. Thank you.

NO REFUNDS SHALL BE GIVEN FOR ANY REASON. A Motorized Vehicle Use Trail Permit is required for any motor vehicle traveling on motorized use trails in the Black Hills National Forest in South Dakota and Wyoming. Road=license plate. Trail=permit. EACH VEHICLE IS REQUIRED TO HAVE A STICKER ATTACHED on the left front or left front side at all times. You will need to purchase them in advance online or at a Forest Service location or retailer listed below on your visit to the Black Hills. These permits are for private use vehicles ONLY. Rental vehicles require commercial use permits from the Forest Service Supervisor’s Office in Custer.

Black Hills National Forest offers 3,061 miles of roads plus 688 miles of motorized trails for recreation. It is one of few states that has some trails where vehicles up 62″ can ride.


The purchase price at Forest Service offices and face value of the permits are:

7-day = $20

Annua l= $25

Additional charges online and at retailers are shipping and handling or service fees. We ship by USPS.


Trail users should refer to the Black Hills National Forest website – and click on Passes & Permits for specific information on road use.

It is the responsibility of the permit holder to acquire a current year MVU map which shows the National Forest System roads, trains and lands in the Black Hills National Forest that are designated for motor vehicle use pursuant to 36 Code of Federal Regulations (CFR)212.51. Maps are available where ever permits are sold.

Download free Motor Vehicle Use Maps (MVUM) –   OR pick up free paper maps at Black Hills Forest Service locations or where ever permits are sold in retail locations.

Join the Black Hills National Forest and Tread Lightly! by following policies, regulations, and guidelines when participating in OHV activities. It is your responsibility to know and abide by regulations relating to OHV travel.

Tread Lightly!


What do you really need?                                                       Road=license plate    Trail=BHNF MVU trial permit

South Dakota Title & Registration Information:  An off-road vehicle is any self-propelled, two or more wheeled vehicle designed primarily to be operated on land other than a highway and includes, but is not limited to, all-terrain vehicles, dune buggies and any vehicle whose manufacturer’s statement of origin (MSO) or manufacturer’s certificate of origin (MCO) states that the vehicle is not for highway use. If the vehicle is used, the certificate of title property transferred to the applicant must be attached.

All-terrain vehicles with four or more wheels & a combustion engine having piston or rotor displacement of 200 CC or more may be licensed as a motorcycle used on a public highway. The licensed four-wheel, all-terrain vehicle may not be operated on the interstate highway.

In South Dakota an OHV MUST be titled. If an OHV will be travelling on other than Forest Service or private roads, it must also be licensed for this use in the State of South Dakota.

If your state does not require a license for your OHV, you may obtain a temporary license to operate on South Dakota state and county roads.  A horn, headlight/taillight and mirrors are required to receive temporary licensing.  Go to and click on Black Hills ATV Permit Info.

For Wyoming ORV Rules & Regulations please go to

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Permits can also be purchased at these locations:

Black Hills National Forest Offices M-F 8am-4:30pm:

  • Northern Hills Ranger District – Spearfish, SD
  • Mystic Ranger District – Rapid City, SD
  • Supervisor’s Office – Custer, SD
  • Pactola Visitor Center – Memorial Day to Labor Day
  • Hell Canyon Ranger District – Newcastle, WY
  • Bearlodge Ranger District – Sundance, WY

Other Black Hills Area Locations:


  • OUT   Recreational Springs Resort – 11201 US Hwy 14A, Lead, SD
  • Outdoor Motorsports – 3245 E Colorado Blvd, Spearfish, SD
  • OUT   Spearfish Canyon Lodge – 10619 Roughlock Falls Rd Lead,  SD
  • OUT  M & L Outdoor Recreation – 395 Glendale Dr Lead, SD
  • OUT   Steel Wheel Trading Post – 21399 US Hwy 385, Deadwood,  SD
  • OUT   Mystic Trails Rentals – 21766 Custer Park Rd, Deadwood, SD
  • OUT   Deadwood Welcome Center – 501 Main St  Deadwood, SD
  • CLOSED   Nemo Brandin’ Iron – Nemo, SD
  • Big D Mobil – 2800 Jct Ave Sturgis, SD


  • Rice Honda Suzuki-301 Cambell St Rapid City, SD
  • Four Seasons Motorsports & Marine-1600 E St Pat Rapid  City, SD
  • Scheels All Sports-1225 Eglin St Rapid City, SD
  • OUT   Black Hills Powersports – 3005 Beale St Rapid City, SD
  • Polaris of the Black Hills 11778 Constitution St Summerset,  SD
  • Big D Mobil Elkcreek Valleymart- Exit 46 I-90 Piedmont, SD
  • OUT     Keystone Country Store – 408 1st St Keystone, SD
  • OUT    Mt Meadow Resort at Deerfield Lake – 11321 Gillette Prairie  Rd Hill City, SD
  • OUT   Heart of the Hills Exxon – 101 Main St Hill City, SD


  • Fall River Ranger District Office – Hwy 18 Bypass Hot  Springs, SD
  • OUT   Adventure Rentals – Downtown Custer, SD


  • Ft. Pierre National Grasslands – 1020 N Deadwood St Ft.  Pierre, SD
  • CLOSED   National Grasslands Visitor Center – 708 Main Wall, SD

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Black Hills National Forest Annual Motorized (MVU) Trail Permits

Black Hills National Forest Annual 2018 Trail Permits are available online and by phone 605-745-7020. Motorized Trail (MVU) Permits are not eligible for coupons or discounts.


Additional information

Weight .5 oz
Dimensions 4 × 5 in

98 reviews for Black Hills National Forest Annual Motorized (MVU) Trail Permits

  1. Rated 5 out of 5

    Koleen Schipper

    This is our 2nd atv trip that we will be taking to South Dakota; therefore, the 2nd time I have used the website to obtain the permits. Very easy to navigate and very fast turn around. Received permits in the mail a few days later. Awesome service!

  2. Rated 5 out of 5

    Banker Tony

    This is my 2nd trip to Black Hills for an off road dirt bike trip. Depending on your preference; get the annual or 7 day permit. Either are a bargain given the quality of the terrain.
    I ordered online and fat-fingered in the wrong date. A nice lady caught the mistake the same day, called my cell to double check and had it in the mail the same day!
    Wow; good ole fashioned customer service!!!
    Thanks you.

  3. Rated 5 out of 5


    We got online to order permits, so easy. Then couldn’t believe it , two days later received them in the mail! Had a great trip enjoying the beautiful Black Hills, Thanks so much!

  4. Rated 5 out of 5

    chris alvarado

    cant wait to ride

  5. Rated 5 out of 5

    Eric Lowe

    All went well and as expected

  6. Rated 5 out of 5

    Tom gillen

    out of state. easy to do

  7. Rated 5 out of 5


    If only more government agencies cared about their job like this–great service. Thanks again

  8. Rated 5 out of 5


    I am impressed on the quick process. From the time that I ordered the registration to the time I received them was just a few days. The only thing I would improve on is where to find the site. It was a little difficult to actually find the site to order the registrations.

  9. Rated 5 out of 5


    Easy to order and arrived quickly

  10. Rated 5 out of 5

    Roland J Aumock

    Found the whole process very easy to complete, and the turn around time was amazing.

  11. Rated 5 out of 5


    ordering online was very easy. Received just a few days after ordering. Even matches the accents on our RZR.

  12. Rated 5 out of 5


    Got them right away.

  13. Rated 5 out of 5


    This was much better service than I expected!

  14. Rated 5 out of 5


    I ordered my permit on line on a Thursday. Right away, I received an email telling me it has been shipped. I received my permit on Monday. Extraordinary! Why can’t every place respond so efficiently? Great Job!

  15. Rated 5 out of 5


    Easy to apply. Very quick response to my door. Looking forward to the first time riding the Black Hills.

  16. Rated 5 out of 5


    Permit came fast. Received in 4 days.

  17. Rated 5 out of 5

    Curtis Beaumont

    I was really impressed. I think I ordered on a Saturday night and had them by Tuesday with standard delivery to Minneapolis. It certainly took any worry about getting ready for the trip. If you haven’t ridden in the Black Hills, it is extraodinary. Very few people on the trails themselves, the Forest Roads see the majority of the traffic. (Memorial Weekend 2016)

  18. Rated 5 out of 5

    Paul Rosenau

    I was very pleased how easy it was to apply for trail permits for the Black Hills National Park. I’m no computer expert, but the web site was easy to navigate and the permits only took a couple days to arrive at my door step, no wasting time to run around and get the permits when arriving at the park.The permits are already on the machines and we will be 4-wheeling a few minutes after we arrive at the park. Great!

  19. Rated 5 out of 5


    Ordered on a Thursday and had delivered on Monday. Use to take two weeks. Thanks

  20. Rated 4 out of 5


    Very impressed with the service we received. Within a few days i received my pass looking forward to going this summer.

  21. Rated 5 out of 5


    Quick and easy process, arrived in a timely manner. Thanks

  22. Rated 4 out of 5

    Ted Blakeman

    Very prompt service but we did not receive the trail maps that we ordered this is the second year of purchasing the permits with the same results.

  23. Rated 5 out of 5


    The service was very prompt. I ordered the permits on a Wednesday afternoon and had them in Friday’s mail.

  24. Rated 4 out of 5

    Sue Yeigh

    I felt I ordered the tags & maps correctly, yet only received the tags. The system in the past i felt was more user friendly. Could you please send us 1 north and one south map. The trails are amazing great job of grooming them. Thank you, Dave and Sue

  25. Rated 5 out of 5


    The customer service is the absolute best. Ordered my trail permits and got the 2 days later.

  26. Rated 5 out of 5


    we always buy the yearly permit even though we’re only there for one week…love states like south dakota that welcome offroad folks like us…

  27. Rated 3 out of 5

    Joseph Clark

    I have still not received my permit, both other guys that ordered the same day after me have theirs.

  28. Rated 5 out of 5


    I buy passes every year. The places my family goes and the things we see are well worth the money.

    Correspondence with the Forest Service Office is quick. I had a question and heard back in 24 hours.

    Shipping is fast for standard shipping. I live on the East side of South Dakota. Ordered Friday night, had them Tuesday afternoon. That’s 2 business days. Not bad guys, Thanks!

  29. Rated 5 out of 5


    I was very impressed with the fast service! and love that you use PAY PAL, Iam excited to see the Black Hills from my side by side and enjoy the view in November for Thanksgiving! Thanks again for the awesome service and have a GREAT DAY !!!!

  30. Rated 5 out of 5


    SD has it figured out.

  31. Rated 5 out of 5

    Doug Walsh

    Recent years this product came from I believe Maryland. It took over 3 weeks to receive the licenses.
    Now that they came from the S.D. office the licenses arrived in under 1 week!!

    Great Job!!

  32. Rated 5 out of 5

    Koleen Schipper

    Very user friendly website and received in very timely manner. When I called with question very friendly and knowlegable. Job well done!

  33. Rated 3 out of 5

    Susan Chandler

    I made sure my Razr was street legal and had it registered, licensed and insured but I still needed to purchase a sticker I was told. I was not too happy about having to do that.
    The process was easy but I still feel that I should not have needed a sticker since it is a street legal vehicle.

  34. Rated 5 out of 5


    Fast shipping. Received this product in record time.

  35. Rated 5 out of 5

    elmer hanson

    good comunications,fast delivery

  36. Rated 3 out of 5



  37. Rated 5 out of 5

    William Thoennes

    I was very impressed on how fast I received my permits after I placed my order. And a hand written message wishing to have fun wheeling! NICE!!!

  38. Rated 4 out of 5

    Jim Twamley

    Before I ordered this permit on line I was skeptical about receiving such prompt service as was mentioned in the reviews I read. I was pleasantly surprised that it arrived within 3 days and also had a personal message attached. As this is a mandatory requirement for driving on the Motorized Trail System, I am hoping that I will see enforcement of the use of the permits. In the 24 days last October that we were hunting in the Deerfield Lake / Rochford / 6 Mile Road we did not see National Forest Service enforcement of the permits.

  39. Rated 4 out of 5

    Jim Twamley

    As this is a mandatory requirement for Hunting in the Black Hills, I am required to purchase this permit. As long as some of the revenue generated goes to road upkeep I have no issue with purchasing it. I hope to see staff out and enforcing these permits. When my wife and I were elk hunting for her elk for 24 days last year, we saw vehicles driving on restricted roads with no permits and did not see one National Forest Service or State Warden out and enforcing this requirement.

  40. Rated 5 out of 5


    Easy site to use and very quick response with the mailing. Great customer service!

  41. Rated 5 out of 5


    Easy website and fast service. Nice hand written note attached also with gave it a nice personal touch.

  42. Rated 5 out of 5


    Ordered it on Friday and received it on Monday. Every year I spend a week riding in the Black Hills – (Deadwood/Galena area). This is the first time I ordered it on line, plus a hand written note to me. You know how to make the experience great!

  43. Rated 5 out of 5


    Shipping is a little expensive, and so is the sticker but as long as the money is going for the trails it is well worth it. Can’t believe how fast we got the sticker & just used general mail delivery.

  44. Rated 5 out of 5


    Wow, this is the quickest service I’ve ever received from a government agency. Thank you!

  45. Rated 5 out of 5

    Linda Nissen

    This web-site is great. Got pass in less than a week. Just wish I knew how to do more than one pass, had to start all over for the second one.
    Pretty cool hand written on letter have fun.

  46. Rated 3 out of 5


    Seems a bit odd to review getting a permit sticker so you can drive “offroad” in the black hills, but here you go.

    You have to have the sticker to do it, so it’s a must have item.

  47. Rated 5 out of 5

    Brian Scott

    I recently purchased a five day pass for OHV’s. I received my tag in the mail very quickly and I live out of state. My favorite part was on my receipt, a handwritten note telling me to enjoy my time in South Dakota. Whoever processed my order took the time to write the personal note and it means a lot !

  48. Rated 5 out of 5


    Was great to get pass in less than a week. Only problem I couldn’t figure out to do more one pass on an order. I had to start all over.

  49. Rated 5 out of 5

    Laura T

    thank you for making this uncomplicated! 5 stars for customer serv. was very impressed at how fast they were in our mailbox in IL. (The free maps only get 2 stars. Not easy to follow.

  50. Rated 5 out of 5


    Fair price for access. Fast shipping of permit. I had to send an email with a correction on my info, got a response the next day and they fixed my mistake!
    Awesome customer service!

  51. Rated 4 out of 5

    Heidi Welbig

    Received stickers in the mail in a very timely manner.

  52. Rated 3 out of 5


    It’s a little more expensive than Wyoming’s and also a little harder to get ahold of but you have to have it.

  53. Rated 5 out of 5


    received promptly except no details on where to display on the vehicle.

  54. Rated 5 out of 5


    Excellent service. Received permits in two days. Costumer service was quick to respond to questions through emails.

  55. Rated 1 out of 5


    The most rude people for off-roading. No one will help out unless your a local. We drove 12 hours to get here. Very disappointed.

  56. Rated 5 out of 5


    fast delivery and easy to order this time around, great improvement.

  57. Rated 5 out of 5


    They are as fast as the US mail. Made the order on a Tuesday had my permit by Saturday.

  58. Rated 4 out of 5


    I ordered two passes and both came very quickly and with enough documentation to distinguish which belonged with which bike. Little bit pricy….but they came really quick with f tee shipping.

  59. Rated 5 out of 5


    Permit was delivered as fast as possible thanks

  60. Rated 5 out of 5


    I ordered two permits and received them in two days. All set to go 4 wheeling now. SD has the best trails. Highly recommend riding the Black Hills to anyone.

  61. Rated 5 out of 5


    Ordering was quick and easy.
    Received it in about 3 days.

    No direction or guidance on where to place the permit though.

  62. Rated 5 out of 5


    Easy to order on-line and received 4 days later.

    Thank you!

  63. Rated 4 out of 5


    came very quickly. determining if we would need licenses or just permits was a pain. downloading the map was a joke so tiny you couldn’t tell what anything was or said. trails in the area we went were poorly marked if at all.

  64. Rated 2 out of 5


    Many of the trails are blocked with down trees. You need to bring a chainsaw if you want to ride in the Black Hills. I realize there are many dead tress caused by the Pine beetle infestation, however I am paying to ride on the trails. If you charge me money, I expect the trails to be open. If the trails are blocked, reduce or remove the charge to ride.

  65. Rated 5 out of 5

    Larry jurgensl

    Easy to order on line and received prompt

  66. Rated 5 out of 5


    Super fast shipping when a lot of hand writing for permit on Forestry service part……..thank you

  67. Rated 5 out of 5


    was supper surprised to see them come so fast THANK YOU

  68. Rated 4 out of 5

    Piedmont SD Taxpayer

    Did not do 5 stars because when you first input your information it is not secure until the second step (using Google Chrome).
    Also did not do 5 stars because the fact that I have to purchase a sticker to drive on Federal land is ridiculous. After paying federal income tax, sales tax, license and registration for my UTV, it is deplorable that the land use is now restricted and I have to pay for it. Otherwise, the shipping was fast (got two days after I ordered and I did not pay for expedited shipping) and the process was easy.

  69. Rated 5 out of 5


    Easy to purchase, excellent communication about fulfillment, arrived in a timely manner.

  70. Rated 5 out of 5


    They shipped it right away. Now we will have fun on the holiday. Thank you for fast service.

  71. Rated 5 out of 5

    Shirley Gilles

    Web site was super easy to navigate. I purchased a permit for my ATV one day and it was in my mailbox the very next day. Impressive!

  72. Rated 5 out of 5


    I thought about paying extra for a speedier delivery, but when I saw the comments from others, I chose to take my chances. Delivery was very fast. I am pleased with your service.
    Thank you.

  73. Rated 5 out of 5


    Ordered online and received within two days! Can’t wait to make the trip out to the park, it’s been a decade! Too long!

  74. Rated 5 out of 5


    On-line order is a snap. Had in my mailbox in less than a week. Thanks.

  75. Rated 5 out of 5

    Douglas Brockhouse

    Order stickers every year for our machines. They showed up in the mail in only five days.

    I tried to find on the web page after completing the order a place to print temporary permits to use until permanent stickers arrived. Couldn’t find it. Printed out my receipt and called it good.

  76. Rated 5 out of 5

    Leland Hollis

    The web sight was easy to navigate. I received my pass in just a few days. I can’t wait to get out in the black hills even more.

  77. Rated 5 out of 5

    Wayne Champlin

    Although I didn’t need rush shipping, I did receive these in just a few days!

  78. Rated 4 out of 5

    Would have been nice to have new map mailed with permit

  79. Rated 5 out of 5

    adam schreier

    fast shipping..Thank you

  80. Rated 4 out of 5

    Robin Cash


  81. Rated 5 out of 5


    It’s a sticker. Not much to say there.
    processing and shipping was super fast, less than 48 hours and it was in my mail box

  82. Rated 5 out of 5

    Vern M.

    Fast and easy on-line. The only way to purchase them.

  83. Rated 5 out of 5


    Fast Efficient Easy

  84. Rated 5 out of 5

    Amy B

    Really fast

  85. Rated 4 out of 5


    definitely an improvement over the previous 4 years. nice handwritten note. would have given 5 stars if they would send a new mvu map or at least info on where to order one.

  86. Rated 5 out of 5


    Ordered this permit online and recieved it in just a few days. Easy to do online.

  87. Rated 4 out of 5

    Debra Byfuglin

    Have been purchasing this item for the last 5 years and the process is getting faster & easier

  88. Rated 3 out of 5

    Clayton Dillon

    the tags came very quickly but there is no option for a a temporary tag for immediate use also I was not comfortable with the only option to use paypal and the paths for paying arn’t easy to follow to complete the transaction

  89. Rated 5 out of 5

    Rhonda Baltezore

    Very easy and fast service to do on line.

  90. Rated 5 out of 5


    Our order included more than one Motorized Vehicle Permit so BA from the office called and asked for more information to process our order. We provided the info via email and our order arrived a few days later. BA was very pleasant and easy to work with. Great way to get your permits.

  91. Rated 5 out of 5


    We ordered the trail permit on Monday and received it by Thursday. That was very fast. To our surprise, we had a hand written note with the permit. How very personal. Thank you.

  92. Rated 5 out of 5


    Easy online app and quick delivery. Can’t wait to use it!

  93. Rated 5 out of 5


    Great permit, I can’t wait to get back on the trails in the hills again.

  94. Rated 5 out of 5


    Ordered it and within a few days it was in our mailbox. Nothing like riding the S X S in the Black Hills of SD.
    Super fast shipping!
    Nice note attached to our invoice too.
    Best way to buy the Trail Permit is to buy it online.

  95. Rated 5 out of 5


    WE have purchased these for the last 4 years, other than a delay in the first year, we have gotten them in a very timely manner. This year we got a personal note on the receipt! Great fun to know that someone wishes us enjoyment!

  96. Rated 5 out of 5

    Daniel Ryan

    Glad I got it. Nice color

  97. Rated 5 out of 5


    I appreciate the ability to order the trail permit online. It arrived quickly too!

  98. Rated 5 out of 5

    Darren Downs

    5 Stars for the service and fast shipment of the permit and mvum maps. Thank you!

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