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Arizona Snowmobile Registration, Permits, Laws


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Ready to go snowmobiling in Arizona? It’s a good idea to familiarize yourself with the laws regarding snowmobile registration, permits, and other rules. 

Whether you’re an Arizona resident or an out-of-state visitor planning to ride your snowmobile during your stay, we’ve compiled the information you need. 

With over 500 miles of trails to ride in Arizona, there are plenty of places to explore on your sled. But, whether you live in AZ or are visiting from another state, you’ll need to make sure your snowmobile complies with the registration and OHV decal requirements. 

For more information and other details regarding snowmobiles, trails, and more, please visit: https://www.azgfd.com/OHV/ 

Arizona Snowmobile Registration Requirements

In Arizona, a snowmobile falls under the definition of an OHV, or off-highway vehicle. 

Snowmobiles must be registered and must display an OHV decal. 

Most snowmobiles are registered as a “title only” registration, which allows for operation on unimproved roads and trails in the state. 

You’ll need to apply for your snowmobile registration through your local Arizona Motor Vehicle Division (MVD) office or through an authorized third-party registration provider. 

To get a title/registration for your AZ snowmobile, you’ll need to:

  • Complete an application. 
  • Provide proof of purchase and ownership. 
  • Pay the title and registration fee.

After that, you’ll be issued a snowmobile license plate. 

In addition to the title, you’ll also need to have an OHV decal for your snowmobile. 

The AZ MVD offers two types of OHV decals:

  • Resident OHV decals. 
  • Non-resident OHV decals. 

Both types of snowmobile OHV decals are valid for up to 1 year. 

These should be renewed before you renew your OHV registration. 

To get a snowmobile decal in Arizona, you’ll need to:

  • Visit your local MVD office or authorized 3rd party service provider. 
  • Complete an Off-Highway Vehicle Decal Application. 
  • Pay the annual OHV decal fee.

Non-residents can get an OHV decal online through the Arizona Game and Fish Department: https://accounts.azgfd.com/Account/Register 

AZ residents are required to stick the OHV decal in the upper lefthand corner of the license plate. 

Non-residents should display their AZ OHV decal on the left rear quarter panel of the sled. 

Non-Resident OHV Decals in AZ

As of 2019, visitors who are not residents of Arizona are required to purchase an AZ OHV decal to ride on trails in the state. 

Arizona Snowmobile Registration/OHV Decal Cost

Both resident and non-resident Arizona OHV decals cost $25 per year. 

Snowmobile Laws in Arizona

The following riding gear is required to operate a snowmobile in Arizona:

  • DOT-approved helmet for riders under 18 years old. 
  • Eye protection if the snowmobile doesn’t have a windshield. 
  • Spark arrestor. 
  • Muffler. 
  • Lights. 
  • License plate attached to the rear of the sled. 
  • Rearview mirror. 
  • Seat and footrests. 

Be sure to also check the rules, regulations, and fees for the Arizona snowmobile trails you plan on riding. Local laws and regulations may vary. 

Regardless of whether a particular state or trail requires it, snowmobile operators and passengers should always wear the proper safety equipment and helmets while riding. 

Never ride a snowmobile under the influence of drugs or alcohol. 

Failing to obey the snowmobile laws of Arizona and the local jurisdiction may result in tickets, fines, and penalties. 

Check out some of these other great snowmobile resources from MotorcycleZombies.com:

How to Ride a Snowmobile

Snowmobile Pre-Ride Inspections

Snowmobile Helmets

Snowmobile Cost

Snowmobile Insurance

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