Legal Operation of Snowmobiles


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Persons ages 12 through 17 shall not operate a snowmobile on designated public land or ice or land purchased with snowmobile registration funds in this state without first obtaining a valid safety certificate issued by the DNR. The certificate must be in the operator’s possession during snowmobile operation. The snowmobile education course is designed to teach students the principles of safe snowmobiling and how snowmobiling affects other people and the environment.

A snowmobile shall not be operated on or across a public highway by a person under 16 years of age who does not have in the person's possession a snowmobile safety certificate.

A person 12 to 15 years of age must possess a valid safety certificate, and be under the direct supervision of a parent, guardian, or another adult authorized by the parent or guardian, who is experienced in snowmobile operation and possesses a valid driver's license.

Persons under the age of 12 may not operate a snowmobile, unless accompanied on the same machine by a responsible person who: is at least 18 years of age; is experienced in snowmobile operation; and possesses a valid motor vehicle license.

There are no age restrictions for operating a snowmobile on private property.

If your privilege to operate a motor vehicle has been denied, suspended, revoked or barred, you may not operate a snowmobile on or across a highway, in the highway right of way or on most DNR designated trails.