British Columbia Snowmobile Laws and Regulations

Passing this Snowmobile safety course will complete your online safety education for British Columbia.

Do you need British Columbia Snowmobile education?

British Columbia

British Columbia does not require a course. There is no minimum age requirement to operate a snowmobile on Crown Land. For persons at least 16 years old, other requirements may apply.

There is no minimum age requirement to take this online course.

You must be a resident of British Columbia to take the online course.


Snowmobile education is currently required in several U.S. states and Canadian provinces.

Operator Restrictions

A person must be at least 16 years of age and possess a valid driver’s licence to operate a snowmobile on or across a highway.

A person must be at least 16 years of age, possess a valid driver’s licence and insurance, wear a helmet, and ensure that all passengers wear a helmet while:

  • Operating a snowmobile on the Gold Rush Snowmobile Trail or…
  • Crossing a Forest Service road.


All British Columbia law enforcement officers and designated British Columbia Snowmobile Federation officers and employees are authorized to enforce the Snowmobile regulations.

An operator who has received a signal from a law enforcement officer must stop his or her Snowmobile.

Is the British Columbia Snowmobile Licence the same as the permanent Snowmobile Safety Education Certificate?

The permanent Snowmobile Safety Education Certificate is proof that you have successfully completed a British Columbia Snowmobile Federation‐approved snowmobiling safety course. Because the Snowmobile Safety Education Certificate does not expire and does not need to be renewed, it is not called the British Columbia Snowmobile Licence.

Why Snowmobile Safety Education Is Important

Snowmobiles have increased the popularity of outdoor winter recreation. More than three million people in the United States and Canada snowmobile each winter, enjoying more than 230,000 miles of groomed public trails.

As trails and recreation areas become more crowded, it’s especially important for people to operate these vehicles safely and responsibly.


Although snowmobile safety education is not required in British Columbia, many snowmobile riders take the safety education course so that they are eligible for an insurance discount. Depending on the insurance broker, successfully completing a snowmobile education certification course may provide a discount for both liability and snowmobile insurance.

Need help? Here are the answers to the questions British Columbia Snowmobile students most frequently ask.

British Columbia Frequently Asked Questions