County permits for ATVs now available by appointment through sheriff’s office

Staff of Gasconade County Sheriff John Romanus will issue ATV permits by appointment on Tuesday, Thursday and Friday at their temporary office at the Swiss substation, Highway 19 north of the Swiss community.

“Although permits are now available, we are asking for continued public patience as we begin the process of issuing these permits,” said Romanus in a statement.

ATV permits will be available from 8 a.m. and 4 p.m. and those seeking a permit should call (573-486-2424). Due to the roofing project and water leaks during the project, the sheriff’s staff has relocated to the Swiss site.

“We understand scheduling an appointment on specific dates can be inconvenient,” said Romanus. “However, we intend to accommodate whenever possible to best serve our citizens.”

Requirements to obtain a permit:

Persons over the age of 18, and duly licensed by the state of Missouri, or any other state, to operate a motor vehicle may, upon proper application to the Sheriff of Gasconade County, be issued a permit to operate an all-terrain vehicle on county roads within the county.

1. All requirements set out in Section 304.013, RSMo, are incorporated herein by this reference, as if full forth herein at length.

2. An operator must have a valid driver’s license and any passenger under the age of 18, must wear an approved motorcycle helmet.

3. No all-terrain vehicles shall travel over 30 mph on the county roadways, and they shall obey all traffic laws.

4. When operated on a county road, an all-terrain vehicle shall have a bicycle safety flag, which extends not less than seven feet above the ground, attached to the rear of the vehicle. The safety flag shall be triangular in shape with and area of not less than 30 square inches and shall be day-glow orange in color. The all-terrain vehicle must have working headlamp(s) and tail lamp(s) that shall be left on at all times while operating on the county roads.

5. The all-terrain vehicle must be registered with the State of Missouri, and/or have a manufacture certificate of origin.

6. The applicant must provide to the Sheriff’s Office the make, model number, serial number, and year of the all-terrain vehicle when making application. The permit shall only be valid for the vehicle listed on the permit. The applicant must also show the Sheriff proof of liability insurance, and must maintain such insurance while operating the all-terrain vehicle on the county roads.

7. No operator of an all-terrain vehicle on county roads under this Order shall be permitted to carry passengers, unless the all-terrain vehicle is equipped to do so.

8. The applicant shall pay to the Sheriff’s Office, at the time of application, a fee of $15 for a period of one year. These funds shall be deposited into a special account to be used for Sheriff’s Office training and/or equipment only.

9. All permits will be valid from Jan. 1 until Dec. 31, and shall be renewed yearly.

10. The permits shall be displayed on the left (driver side) front fender, visible to law enforcement.

11. Anyone found violating the requirements shall have their permit revoked for a period of one year, and/or may be subject to any applicable criminal charges.

12. Proof of paid personal property tax must be provided at the time of application (per the County Commission).