Secretary of State
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 by the Michigan registered owner to transfer ownership. A snowmobile purchased from an out-of-state seller requires an assigned title, assigned registration, or complete bill of sale from the out-of-state seller. If a bill of sale is used, an NCIC check will be completed at the Secretary of State office before registering the snowmobile in Michigan. An online service for ordering a replacement three-year snowmobile decal is not yet available.
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 $48 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.
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