License Minnesota

Snowmobile Registration

Snowmobiles operated or transported in Minnesota must be registered with the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR). If a snowmobile is not registered, it may not be operated, transported, or permitted to be operated. A person must be at least 18 years old to register a snowmobile.

Agency contact information:

Natural Resources (DNR), Minnesota Department of
500 Lafayette Rd.
St. Paul, MN 55155
(651) 296-6157 | (888) 646-6367 | (651) 296-5484 (TTY) | (800) 657-3929 (TTY)
License Center
500 Lafayette Rd., Box 26, St. Paul, MN 55155-4026 | (651) 296-2316 | (800) 285-2000 | (651) 296-5484 (TTY) | (800) 657-3929 (TTY)
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Snowmobile registration procedures and fees

Register a new snowmobile:
>In person: At any deputy registrar of motor vehicles or at the DNR License Center.

Renew your snowmobile registration:
>At any deputy registrar of motor vehicles or at the DNR License Center. 


Duplicate snowmobile safety cards are available:
>At DNR License Agents.
>At the MN Dept. of Natural Resources (DNR) License Center.
>By phone (888) 665-4236

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The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR) manages the state's natural resources. Hunting, fishing, state forests and parks, lakes, rivers and streams, boating and water safety, trails, snowmobiling, skiing, education, enforcement, wildlife management, lands and minerals are managed by the DNR.




Universal registration form

The registration form is available on the MN DNR website, Snowmobile Registration & Fees section at Universal registration form.


Snowmobiles operated or transported in Minnesota must be registered with the DNR. If your snowmobile is not registered, you may not operate, transport, or permit it to be operated. You must be at least 18 years old to register a snowmobile.

Snowmobiles do not need to be registered with the DNR if: 

-being used to groom a state or grant-in-aid trail

-owned and used by the federal government, an Indian tribal government, another state a political subdivision

-registered in a country other than the U.S. being used temporarily in Minnesota

-currently registered in another state and not kept in Minnesota for more than 30 consecutive days

-used exclusively in organized track-racing events

-in transit by a manufacturer, distributor, or dealer

-at least 15 years old in transit by an individual for use on land owned or leased by the individual

-used exclusively for agricultural purposes.

Registration of snowmobiles may be made in person at any deputy registrar of motor vehicles or at the DNR License Center in St. Paul. When you register your snowmobile you will need the make, model, year, serial number, engine size, and sales receipt that shows the proof of sales tax payment.

Sales between private parties do not require payment of sales tax.

A person may not sell a snowmobile without furnishing the buyer with a bill of sale.

Transfers and registration renewals are the responsibility of the owner.

Snowmobiles purchased from a retail dealer must be registered by the purchaser at the dealer. The dealer will issue a temporary 21-day registration. The temporary registration will indicate if a State Trail Sticker was also purchased.

Registration Numbers and Validation Decal

When you register your snowmobile, you will be assigned a snowmobile registration number and receive a registration card. When you receive your registration card, sign it and keep it handy. You do not have to carry it with you, but if an enforcement officer asks to see it, you must produce it within a reasonable amount of time. The current registration number and validation decal must be displayed.

Contact the MN Dept. of Natural Resources Information Center at (651) 296-6157 or (888) 646-6367 or refer to Minnesota Department of Natural Resources website.

Refer also to the 2014-2015 MN Snowmobile Safety Laws, Rules & Regulations.


Snowmobile registration fees

Type of transaction Fee          Issuing Fee Duration
New (unregistered) $75 $3.50 3 years
Renewal only $75 $3.50 3 years
Transfer only $10 $3.50
Renewal & transfer $85 $3.50
Duplicate registration card $10 $3.50
Duplicate registration decal only $0 $1.50
Dealer's Registration (new or renewal) $50 $3.50 1 year
Dealer's registration Renewal $50 $3.50 1 year
Manufacturer's registration $150 $3.50 1 year
Manufacturer's registration (new or renewal) $150 $3.50 1 year
Annual State Trail Sticker $35 $1
Snow Collector Registration $6 $3.50 3 year
Non-Trail Snow Registration $45 $3.50 3 year

Period of Issuance:


Length of Determination Process:

Immediate for most licenses.

Other Pertinent Information:

Non-Trail Snow Registration is available if snowmobile is not operated on state or grant-in-aid snowmobile trails.