Meeting Equipment Requirements
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.