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South Dakota Snowmobile Registration, Permits, Laws

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

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

South Dakota has over 1,500 miles of snowmobile trails to enjoy. 

For more information and other details regarding snowmobiles, trails, and more, please visit: https://gfp.sd.gov/snowmobiling/ 

South Dakota Snowmobile Registration Requirements

In South Dakota, all snowmobiles need to be registered in order to be ridden on public lands. 

To register your snowmobile, you’ll need to visit your local county treasurer’s office. 

If you are not a resident of South Dakota, you may legally ride your out of state snowmobile as long as it is properly registered in another state. 

South Dakota Snowmobile Registration Cost

Fees for SD snowmobile registration and license are as follows:

  • Residents: $10 per year. 
  • Non-residents: $40 for a 5-day temporary permit. 

Snowmobile Laws in South Dakota

All riders must carry liability insurance for their snowmobile. 

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

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