In Michigan all snowmobile operators who are 12 to 16 years of age are required to take a Michigan-approved snowmobile safety course and obtain a snowmobile safety certificate. Snowmobile safety education training and online safety courses are recommended for all snowmobile operators.
There are a couple ways to get your certificate:
- Take an online snowmobile safety class at www.snowmobile-ed.com/michigan.
- Take and pass the final exam.
- Print out your permanent snowmobile safety certificate once you have successfully completed the course, passed the exam and paid the course fee (pay only when you pass).
Find a classroom-based snowmobile safety education course. You can enter your zip code to search for classes near you.
General Safety Tips
- Slow Down - speed is a contributing factor in nearly all fatal accidents.
- Always keep your machine in top mechanical condition.
- Don't drink. Alcohol impairs judgment and slows reaction time.
- Always wear insulated boots and protective clothing, including a helmet, gloves and eye protection.
- Check the weather conditions before you depart.
- Never ride alone.
- When possible, avoid crossing frozen bodies of water. Never operate in a single file when crossing frozen bodies of water.
- Always be alert to avoid fences and low-strung wires.
- Always look for depressions in the snow.
- Keep headlights and tail lights on at all times.
- When approaching an intersection, come to a complete stop, raise off the seat and look both ways for traffic.
- Universal Snowmobile Trail Signage
- Trail Grooming Awareness
Department of Natural Resources