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New York Snowmobile Owners Can't Ride in the Snow till You Show You're Ready to Go!

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Are you ready? It's New York, and it's November!

To keep everybody safe, register your snowmobile and get a validation sticker. Registration is accessible on the Department of Motor Vehicles website at You can also register in person. Find an office near you at

If you're not from New York but have a snowmobile registered in your home state, you can get a special sticker to operate your vehicle here immediately.

Why is registration required? Because New York state has over 10,000 miles of trails in 46 counties. Registration fees help maintain and develop the trails for public use. New York is a national leader in snowmobile safety education, even providing training courses for vehicle operators. Whoever completes the course receives the official New York State Snowmobile Safety Certificate and should carry it while riding.

“New York State boasts some of the best snowmobiling in the nation," says Erik Kulleseid, Commissioner of the Office of Parks, Recreation, and Historic Preservation. He describes it as "an exciting way to experience winter in Upstate New York. We look forward to working with our partners to keep the trail system safe and well-maintained for residents and visitors coming to experience New York in the winter season.”

The DMV has joined forces with the Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation, the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation, and the NYS Canal Corporation. The agencies work together with governments of local jurisdictions and private individuals to ensure a clean, protected, and beautiful trail system.

Always carry your registration and proof of insurance with you. Drivers and passengers must wear helmets and remain free of drugs and alcohol.

For maps and more information, contact the New York State Snowmobile Association at