Learn Your State's Requirements for Snowmobile Titles and Registration

By: Nadia Ibanez July 7, 2012
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If you love dashing through the snow in a one-horse open sleigh, you might enjoy owning a snowmobile, too.

Even snow bunnies can't hop around state titling and registration requirements, though.

Depending on where you live, your state may or may not require special titling or registration for your snow mobile. However, if your state does mandate specific laws, here are some things to keep in mind when it comes to registering your new snow vehicle.

Read on for an overview of the snowmobile title and registration process.

Do You Need a Snowmobile Title and Registration?

Snowmobile title and registration requirements vary by state. Some states don't require special titles or registrations for snowmobiles; others do.

In many states, certain snowmobiles do not require registration. For example, if you're -

  • A dealer and you use the snowmobile exclusively for business,
  • A non-resident, or
  • A resident who operates your snowmobile exclusively in another state,

- you probably won't have to register your snowmobile.

Check your state's snowmobile registration requirements; if you're still unsure, contact your DMV or game and fish department to determine whether you need to title and register your snowmobile.

Snowmobile Titling and Registration Process

If you do need to title and register your snowmobile, you will probably need to visit your local department of motor vehicles o recreation department to complete your application.

The application process differs by state; however, you will most likely need the following information on hand:

  • Proof of ownership. Depending on your state, this might mean a properly signed title, a bill of sale, or a Manufacturer's Certificate of Origin (MSO).
  • Proof of liability insurance, if applicable
  • Title and registration forms.
  • An application processing fee.

Snowmobile Restrictions and Requirements

Your state might require a special license or a safety certificate prior to driving a snowmobile.

Your state might also place age restrictions upon snowmobile use. For example, the state might insist that drivers under the age of 14 require parent or guardian supervision.

Before you buy your recreational vehicle, ensure you meet your state's requirements. Once you fulfill your obligations to the state, you'll feel much more carefree behind the wheel.

Snowmobile owners: Tell us about your titling and registration experience. Did you have any surprises along the way? Leave a comment below and share your story.

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