Registering a Snowmobile
All snowmobiles must be registered unless used on private property.
A three-year registration is issued for $30. The
snowmobile registration number is printed on the three-year snowmobile decal.
Snowmobile decals must be displayed on "each side of the forward half of the
cowl above the footwell of the snowmobile."
Registering a Historic Snowmobile
Owners may elect to register
snowmobiles 26 or more years old and owned solely as a collector's item as a
historic snowmobile. Historic snowmobiles are limited to occasional use and for
participation in club activities, exhibitions, tours, parades, and similar uses,
including mechanical testing. The registration has a one-time cost of $50. Unlike regular snowmobile registrations, the
historic registration is non-expiring and cannot be transferred with the
snowmobile to a new owner.
A single historic snowmobile decal is issued and is placed above or below the
headlight or, if the historic snowmobile was not originally equipped with a
headlight, on the forward half of the cowl above the footwell.
Transferring Ownership of a Snowmobile
Snowmobiles are not titled. To transfer
ownership, simply complete the back of your snowmobile registration. If your
registration is damaged or lost, you may order a replacement online through
ExpressSOS or at a
Secretary of State office. A bill of sale with the year, make, vehicle
identification number, registration number (if available) and the names and
addresses of the buyer and seller may also be used to transfer ownership. An
online service for ordering a replacement three-year snowmobile decal is not yet
Snowmobile Trail Permits
In addition to the regular 3-year snowmobile
registration, all snowmobiles, except those operated exclusively on lands owned
or under the control of the snowmobile owner or those operated on frozen waters
for ice fishing, must display an annual Snowmobile Trail Permit sticker.
This applies to both residents and nonresidents. A trail permit is not
required for snowmobiles registered as a historic snowmobile.
Trail Permits cost $45 each and expire on September 30 each year. The
generated revenue is designated to develop and maintain snowmobile trails.
Trail Permit stickers are displayed on the front of the snowmobile, centered
on the hood directly above the headlight.
DNR Snowmobile Information
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