Special Vehicles in Pennsylvania
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Pennsylvania Special Vehicle Registration
In Pennsylvania, you may have a special vehicle, such as a snowmobile, all-terrain vehicle (ATV), or trailer. If this is the case, you will need to have it registered in the state in order to operate it legally and avoid receiving fines and possibly other penalties.
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You must register your snowmobile or all-terrain vehicle (ATV) in Pennsylvania unless you're not a PA resident and you plan on using the vehicle for farming or business purposes only.
To register your ATV or snowmobile, you will need:
- A completed Application Form (Form 1300-FM-DCNR0043).
- A check for the applicable fees:
- $22.50 for titling.
- $20 for registration valid for 2 years.
- Affidavit of Ownership.
Take the above to an authorized snowmobile and ATV dealer in Pennsylvania (check that they can register your vehicle first) or mail it to:
Department of Conservation and Natural Resources
Snowmobile/ATV Registration Section
P.O. Box 8553
Harrisburg, PA 17105
If you are using your ATV on your own private land only, you will not need to carry liability insurance. However, if you wish to ride your ATV on public land or someone else's property, you will need carry proof of insurance with you at all times while riding the vehicle.
NOTE: If you're not a Pennsylvania resident but wish to ride your snowmobile or ATV in the state, see the registration information for out-of-state riders on the PA Department of Conservation and Natural Resources (DCNR) website.
Once you've registered your ATV, it's time to take it for a spin! The PA DCNR website lists all the public places you can ride and explore.
The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) requires that all homemade trailers (or one made from a kit) to be registered.
You will first need to have your trailer pass a safety inspection. This must take place at a state-approved safety inspection station. Your trailer will be photographed during the inspection.
After passing, present the inspector or certified document reviewer with:
- A completed Application for Reconstructed, Specially Constructed, Collectible, Modified, Flood, Recovered Theft Vehicles and Street Rods (Form MV-426B).
- Proof of ownership (such as a title certificate, manufacturer's statement of origin or certificate of origin, or bill of sale).
- A completed Application for Certificate of Title (Form MV-1), available from your local PennDOT office.
- A detailed description on how the vehicle was assembled.
- Payment for the registration fee.
For more information, contact the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation directly.
If you have a motorhome or recreational vehicle (RV) you will also need to register it with the PA Department of Transportation. The process is fairly similar to registering your standard car in the state, however additional forms may be required depending on the type of RV you have.Other Topics in This Section