Colorado Snowmobile Registration, Permits, Laws

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

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

With over 2,700 miles of snowmobile trails in the state of Colorado, there are plenty of places to enjoy on your sled. You’ll need to make sure to comply with the state’s snowmobile permit and registration requirements to avoid any setbacks while you ride. 

For more information and other details regarding snowmobiles, trails, and more, please visit: https://cpw.state.co.us/ 

Colorado Snowmobile Registration Requirements

Colorado requires that snowmobiles operating on public trails and public land be registered through the Colorado Parks and Wildlife Department. 

If you are a resident of Colorado, you must register your snowmobile annually. 

If you are a non-resident, you’ll have the option of registering, but you must purchase a permit to ride your sled in Colorado. 

Snowmobile registrations are valid from October 1 through September 30 each year. You’ll be eligible to renew up to 45 days before the expiration date. 

Out-of-state snowmobile permits are valid from the purchase date through September 30. 

Colorado Resident Snowmobile Registration

First time snowmobile registrations can be completed by mail or in person at a snowmobile dealership or CO Parks and Wildlife office. 

Note that if you’ve purchased a snowmobile from a dealer, the dealership will typically handle the registration paperwork on your behalf. 

To register your snowmobile, you’ll need to:

You can mail this application to:


Colorado Parks and Wildlife – Registration Unit

13787 South Highway 85

Littleton, CO 80125

Snowmobile registrations can be renewed online if you know your registration number. To get started, visit: https://www.cpwshop.com/vehicleregistration.page 

Out-of-State Snowmobile Permits

Non-residents snowmobile permits can be purchased online here: https://www.cpwshop.com/privilegepos.page?_PageParam.displayCategoryID=318492158 

You will need to purchase a new permit for each year you plan to ride your snowmobile in CO. 

It will take about 2 weeks to arrive in the mail after purchase. 

Temporary Snowmobile Registration in CO

In the past, CO Parks and Wildlife would mail a bright green temporary registration card for new snowmobile registrations and renewals before the permanent decal arrived. They no longer do that. 

Now, you’ll be able to print and use your e-mail confirmation as temporary proof of registration for up to 60 days before your new decals arrive. 

Where to place your snowmobile decal?

Registration stickers and non-resident permits should be placed on the upper sides of the snowmobile’s cowling. 

The decal should be placed in a location where it can be seen easily when the rider is seated in a normal position. 

Along with the decal sticker on your snowmobile, you should also carry your CO snowmobile registration card. 

Colorado Snowmobile Registration Cost

CO snowmobile registrations and permits and permits must be renewed annually. The fees are as follows:

  • Snowmobile registration: $30.25. 
  • Out-of-state permits: $30.25.
  • Duplicate registration: $5. 

Snowmobile Laws in Colorado

Along with complying with the permit and registration requirements, you’ll also want to familiarize yourself with snowmobile safety and CO snowmobiling laws. 

Snowmobiles must be equipped with:

  • Working muffler. 
  • Headlights and taillights, if riding at night. 
  • Brakes.

Be sure to also check the rules, regulations, and fees for the Colorado 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 Colorado 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