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    Connecticut law requires you to register ATVs, snowmobiles, RVs, custom-built vehicles, motorcycles, trailers, and boats, just like you register your car.

    You will need to go to a full-service DMV office and bring proper ID. The registrations are good for 2 years.

    But if you have overdue property tax bills or parking tickets, you cannot register your vehicles until you have paid off those debts.

    ATVs and Snowmobiles

    Registering your snowmobile or ATV does not allow you to drive the vehicle on public roads or highways. Violations can result in fines.

    The rules for registering snowmobiles and ATVs are the same. You need to pay a $20 fee and show the following documents to obtain a 2 year registration:

    • Bill of sale listing the buyer and seller, purchase price, year, make, model and VIN (vehicle identification number).
    • Certificate of origin provided by the dealer for new vehicles. For used snowmobiles or ATVs, you need a prior registration.
    • Application for Snowmobile or All-Terrain Vehicle Registration, available at any full-service DMV office. The application needs to be filled out and signed.

    Exceptions to Registering

    You do not need to register your vehicle if:

    • The ATV or snowmobile is registered in another state.
    • You only drive the ATV or snowmobile on land you own or lease.

    ATV and Snowmobile Registration for Minors

    ATVs and snowmobiles can be registered in the name of a minor. The owner must be 16 or 17 years old and show the following documents:

    • Signed parental consent form.
    • Financial responsibility form with an insurance company. The form must be on file with the DMV before registration will be allowed.

    Registering Trailers

    New boat trailers, utility trailers, snowmobile trailers, or any trailer for personal use must be registered at the Connecticut DMV.

    You need to show the following documents to register a new trailer:

    Used Trailers

    You need to show the following documents for used trailers:

    Refund Request

    You can get a refund for the second year of registration, when you cancel the registration on a snowmobile, camper, or ATV. The license plates need to be returned to the DMV, and there must be a full year remaining on the registration.

    You need to complete a Request for Registration Refund form. Take the form and your license plates to your local DMV office.

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