Time to register your snowmobile

ALBANY — As the weather becomes colder, state agencies are reminding New Yorkers to register their snowmobiles, according to a news release.

Snowmobile registrations must be renewed annually. It can be done online on the Department of Motor Vehicles website, by mail or in person at a DMV office. Last year, 106,867 snowmobiles were registered in New York.

“Snowmobiling is one of the many ways residents and visitors can enjoy winter in New York,” said Terri Egan, DMV Executive Deputy Commissioner. “Before the snow starts to fall, make sure your snowmobile is registered so you’re good to go as soon as the weather allows. You and your passengers should also wear a helmet so you can ride safely.”

Members of a New York State Snowmobile Association Snowmobile Club can receive a voucher that includes an ID number which can be used to reduce the registration fee.

Apart from the first $5 collected, the registration fees are used to support snowmobiling in the state. More than 10,400 miles of trails are in the Statewide Snowmobile Trail System traversing 45 counties, maintained by more than 200 clubs and funded through 51 municipal sponsors.

Non-New Yorkers looking to use their snowmobiles in New York can register if the snowmobiles are already registered in their home state. Use the NYS registration for Out-of-State Snowmobile service to get a temporary (15 day) NYS registration and operate the snowmobile here immediately.

We will send you your permanent registration in the mail.

Snowmobilers must carry registration and proof of insurance documents on their person at all times while snowmobiling. Riders must produce the documents at the request of any law enforcement officer or magistrate. Additionally, riders must produce insurance documentation at the request of anyone who is injured or suffers property damage as a result of operation of a snowmobile. Holders of snowmobile safety certificates must carry the certificate when they are snowmobiling.

DMV also reminds snowmobilers that it is illegal to operate one while impaired by drugs or alcohol, and drivers and passengers must wear helmets on the state snowmobile trail system.

The state offers snowmobile education and offers operator training courses for snowmobilers of all ages beginning at age 10. For more information, visit



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