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Operator-age restrictions

There are specific restrictions on youth operating snowmobiles in Michigan.

Children under the age of 12:
  • May not operate a snowmobile without direct supervision of an adult, except on property owned or controlled by the parent or legal guardian.
  • May not cross a highway or street.
Children ages 12 to 16:
  • May operate a snowmobile if they have a valid snowmobile safety certificate in their immediate possession or are under direct supervision of a person 21 years of age or older.
  • May not cross a highway or street without having a valid snowmobile safety certificate in their immediate possession.

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