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Washington Snowmobile Registration, Permits, Laws


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

Whether you’re a Washington 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.dol.wa.gov/vehicleregistration/licensesnowmobile.html 

Washington Snowmobile Registration Requirements

Snowmobiles must be registered in the state of Washington. 

You’ll need to visit your local DOL office and:

Snowmobile registration is valid for 1 year and expires on October 1. 

Once your application is processed, you’ll receive 2 registration decals that you’ll need to place on each side of the front of the sled below the windshield. 

Non-Resident Snowmobile Permits

If you are not a resident of Washington, you can ride your properly registered out-of-state snowmobile for up to 15 days without applying for a temporary permit.

If you’ll be riding an out-of-state snowmobile for more than 15 days, you’ll need to apply for a non-resident snowmobile permit. 

These are valid for up to 60 consecutive days. 

To apply, you’ll need to visit a Washington DOL office:

Washington Snowmobile Registration Cost

Washington snowmobile registration fees are as follows: 

  • Registration fee: $50. 

Snowmobile Laws in Washington

You must be at least 12 years old to operate a snowmobile in Washington. 

Riders 12 to 16 years old are required to take a Snowmobile Safety Course in order to ride on any public road or highway. 

Be sure to also check the rules, regulations, and fees for the Washington 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 Washington and the local jurisdiction may result in tickets, fines, and penalties. 

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

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