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Snowmobile Safety Tips

Snowmobile SafetySAFETY TIPS:

If you prefer to enjoy Minnesota's winter wonderland on the back of a snowmobile, follow these essential safety tips and keep your season accident-free.

  • The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends that children under age 16 not operate snowmobiles and that children under age 6 never ride on snowmobiles.
  • Do not use a snowmobile to pull a sled or skiers.
  • Always wear a helmet, eye protection and proper clothing.
  • Travel at safe speeds.
  • Never use alcohol or other drugs before  or during snowmobiling.
  • Never snowmobile alone.
  • Stay on marked trails, away from roads, water, railroads and pedestrians
  • Stay clear of thin ice and lake inlets - and never cross open water.


Get to know MN Department of Natural Resources (DNR) Rules

  • You must register your snowmobile with MN DNR in person at any deputy registrar of motor vehicles.  The cost is under $50.
  • A snowmobile State Trail sticker is required for all snowmobiles operating on state trails.
  • Safety Certification is required by law for anyone born after Dec. 31, 1976.
  • If you or someone you know has been involved in a snowmobile accident that resulted in an injury requiring medical attention, death or damage of more than $500, you must file an official accident report with the Department of Natural Resources within 48 hours of the accident.
  • Download current Minnesota Snowmobile regulations and find a current schedule of  safety training courses at www.dnr.state.mn.us/snowmobiling.


Minnesota has 278,886 registered snowmobiles, the second highest number in the nation behind Michigan which has 374,522.