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You must have the following equipment to operate a snowmobile legally on public lands, waters, and streets/highways in Minnesota.

All snowmobile operators and passengers under 18 years old must wear a Department of Transportation–approved helmet.


  • A snowmobile must have a muffler that:
    • Is in good working condition and…
    • Does not produce sharp popping or crackling sounds or other excessive noise.
  • The sound level may not exceed 78 decibels on the A scale when measured from a distance of 50 feet.
  • Mufflers may NOT be altered to increase the noise level above that emitted by the snowmobile as originally equipped.

A snowmobile’s brakes must be able to:

  • Control the machine’s movement and…
  • Stop and hold the machine’s track.

During darkness hours, a snowmobile’s lights must be on.

  • Headlights must:
    • Reveal persons, vehicles, or objects that are 100 feet ahead and…
    • Be aimed so that they don’t blind an oncoming snowmobiler.
  • Red taillights must be visible for 500 feet to the rear of the snowmobile.

You may NOT use colored lenses on a snowmobile’s headlights when operating on a public road or a public road’s right-of-way, including crossing roads or operating in the bottom or outside slopes of a ditch.


  • At least 16 square inches of reflector material must be on each side of the snowmobile forward of the handlebars.
  • Reflector material must be on each side and the rear of any sled, trailer, or other device that is being towed by a snowmobile during darkness hours.
Lone rider on snowmobile in the wilderness