Pennsylvania Snowmobile Registration, Permits, Laws

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

Whether you’re a Pennsylvania 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.dcnr.pa.gov/Recreation/WhatToDo/Snowmobiling/RegistrationTitlingAndInsurance/pages/default.aspx 

Pennsylvania Snowmobile Registration Requirements

Pennsylvania residents are required to title and register their snowmobiles through the PA Department of Conservation and Natural Resources (DCNR).

There are two types of snowmobile registrations in Pennsylvania:

  • General registration, which allows for riding on public land and your own private property. 
  • Limited registration, which only allows for riding on your own property. 

If you’ve purchased a snowmobile from a dealership, the dealer will handle your title and registration paperwork. 

To register and title your snowmobile, you’ll need to:

  • Complete an application (available from DCNR, dealers, forest district offices, state park offices). 
  • Provide proof of ownership. 
  • Pay the registration and title fees. 

You can mail your completed application, documents, and fees to:

Department of Conservation and Natural Resources

Snowmobile/ATV Registration Section

P.O. Box 8553

Harrisburg, PA 17105-8553

Registration stickers should be placed on each side of the front of the snowmobile. 

Snowmobile registration is valid for 2 years. 

If you are not a resident of Pennsylvania and live in a state that honors Pennsylvania’s snowmobile registrations, you do not need to get a PA registration for your sled. 

You can renew your registration online at: https://www.snowatvowner.pa.gov/Account/Login/?ReturnUrl=%2F 

Pennsylvania Snowmobile Registration Cost

The fees for your PA snowmobile registration and title are as follows:

  • Title fee: $22.50. 
  • General snowmobile registration: $20. 
  • Limited registration: Free. 
  • Replacement registration cards, decals, expiration stickers: $5. 

Snowmobile Laws in Pennsylvania

Liability insurance is required for all snowmobiles in Pennsylvania. 

Required equipment includes:

  • Headlight and taillight. 
  • Mufflers. 
  • Brakes. 

All riders are required to wear a helmet. 

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