Official Snowmobile Rider Safety Education Course

Take this Illinois state-approved online course, print your temporary certificate, and be on the snow in just a few hours.

Information on the safe operation of snowmobiles approved by the State of Illinois for
Approved by Illinois Department of Natural Resources

Illinois ATV, ORV, OHV license Course

Who Needs Snowmobile Education?

Persons 12 to 15 years old who are riding in Illinois

Get Illinois Snowmobile Certified in 3 steps.

  1. Study and Pass the Online Course

    Study the free online course material. After completing the Snowmobile Ed Illinois Course, you’ll take the IL snowmobile license Certification Exam. (If you don’t pass on the first try, don’t worry. Keep taking the exam for free until you pass.)

  2. Pay and Print Your Temporary Snowmobile Safety Education Certificate of Competency

    After passing and paying the $29.50 course fee, instantly print out a Temporary Snowmobile Safety Education Certificate of Competency, which is your temporary operating permit to operate legally in Illinois areas open to snowmobile use while you wait for your permanent card to arrive.

  3. Receive Your Illinois Snowmobile Safety Education Certificate of Competency in the Mail

    Your Illinois Snowmobile Safety Education Certificate of Competency will arrive by mail in 2-3 weeks. (Use your Temporary Snowmobile Safety Education Certificate of Competency to operate your snowmobile immediately after passing the course and until your permanent card arrives.)

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Your Role as an Educated Snowmobile Rider

Safety and Education

To prepare you for safe snowmobile operation, the course is broken down into units that you can complete at your own pace. Read each unit. The units are organized to form building blocks of information, and each unit will help you understand the information in the next units.

Topics include safe riding positions, preparing to ride, and extreme weather preparedness. In addition, you will learn the Illinois laws and regulations that you need to know to be a safe, educated snowmobile rider.

Responsible Riding

With your snowmobile safety education card, you can enjoy a lifetime of fun, legal, and responsible riding on Illinois terrain.

After you've completed all educational standards established for safe snowmobile operation in Illinois and have received your snowmobile safety education card, you and your fellow riders will be ready to get on the trails.

Environmentally Aware

As you progress through this online snowmobile safety course, you will also learn about the impact that operators can have on the environment.

From understanding the impact of your snowmobile on the land to learning why it is important for snowmobile operators to stay on designated trails, you will learn how to protect Illinois terrain so that you can continue to enjoy your favorite trails.

  • Coping With Extreme Weather

    You’ll learn the most common and dangerous risks to riders resulting from exposure to extreme weather.

  • Performing Pre-Season Maintenance

    You’ll learn the key items to check before making any adjustments or repairs.

  • Paying Attention to Your Surroundings

    You’ll learn the importance of paying attention to your surroundings.

A Comprehensive Course in Illinois Snowmobile Safety Education

Developed Specifically for Illinois Snowmobile Riders

Snowmobile Basics Instruction

This online snowmobile license course was developed by Snowmobile Ed specifically for the Illinois Department of Natural Resources to provide approved, Internet-based snowmobile safety education for snowmobile operators in Illinois.

This official training program will provide you with the knowledge and skills you need to be a safe and responsible snowmobile rider in IL.

Today's Snowmobile Rider in Illinois - A Course on Responsible Operation

Snowmobile Ed is the only snowmobile safety course provider that develops print materials on behalf of state and provincial agencies responsible for snowmobile laws and regulations.

Screenshot of the “Positioning Yourself for Safer Riding” section of the course

In this course you’ll learn why mastering the basic riding positions is the key to safe snowmobile operation.

Comprehensive Snowmobile Education Content

The Snowmobile Ed Illinois Course features easy-to-understand snowmobile safety instructions and detailed illustrations to help you improve your snowmobile riding skills and become a better, more prepared snowmobile operator.

This online snowmobile license course will teach you the things every Illinois rider must know to operate their snowmobile safely, ethically, responsibly, and in compliance with state or provincial legal requirements.

Screenshot, common snowmobile parts

Because millions of people in the U.S. and Canada ride their snowmobiles each winter, you'll learn how to safely ride in a group.

Screenshot, ORV Riding Over Rocks, Logs, and Bumps

You’ll learn the fundamentals of signaling other snowmobilers with the Communication Safety System (CSS).

Instructional Animations

Your IL snowmobile safety education is reinforced by getting hands-on. Touch, drag, drop, swipe, and more as you progress through the online safety course.

Interactive learning activities will reinforce what you’ll learn in the snowmobile license course content to help you enjoy snowmobile riding more safely and responsibly.

  • Sample course instructional animation “Riding Positions: Riding Uphill”

    Sample course instructional animation “Riding Uphill”

  • Sample course instructional animation “Riding Positions”

    Sample course instructional animation "Riding Positions"