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North Dakota Snowmobile Registration, Permits, Laws

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

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

For more information and other details regarding snowmobiles, trails, and more, please visit: https://www.parkrec.nd.gov/business/recreation-programs/snowmobile/snowmobile-permits-registration  

North Dakota Snowmobile Registration Requirements

All ND residents must register their snowmobile through the North Dakota DOT. 

You will need to first apply for a title for your snowmobile. 

To register:

  • Visit your local DOT office. 
  • Provide proof of ownership. 
  • Complete a snowmobile registration application. 
  • Pay reh registration fee. 

Snowmobile registrations are valid for 2 years and must be renewed in odd-numbered years. 

Registration decals must be placed on each side of the front of the sled in a clearly visible location. 

Non-resident Snowmobile Permits

Non-resident visitors are required to purchase a snowmobile permit to ride their sled on public lands in North Dakota. 

These permits can be purchased online here: https://travel.parkrecnd.com/campgrounds-and-rv-parks/all/North-Dakota-Parks-and-Recreation/permits 

Permits are valid for up to 1 year. 

North Dakota Snowmobile Registration Cost

The fees for your ND snowmobile registration are as follows:

  • ND resident 2-year registration: $50. 
  • Non-resident snowmobile permit: $25 per year. 

Snowmobile Laws in North Dakota

All snowmobiles in North Dakota are required to have liability insurance. 

Required equipment for snowmobiles in North Dakota includes:

  • Headlight. 
  • Taillight. 
  • Brakes.
  • Muffler. 

To cross public roads, where permitted, you must first come to a complete stop and cross the road at a 90 degree angle. 

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

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