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The registration requirements for a snowmobile depend on:

  • Where you are operating the vehicle
  • The type of snowmobile

Snowmobiles are registered by submitting a completed application, the required fee, and the sales tax statement to the Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources.

Registration application forms are available from the DCNR Snowmobile/ATV Registration Section, snowmobile dealers, Forest District Offices, and State Park Offices. They also can be printed from the DCNR website.

There are two types of snowmobile registration.

  • General registration is required when the snowmobile will be operated on land that is not the owner's private property.
  • Limited registration is allowed when the snowmobile will be operated only on private land that is owned or leased by the snowmobile's owner.

General Registration

For a snowmobile that requires general registration:

  • The registration fee is $20, and the registration is valid for two years.
  • Upon receipt of the application, the DCNR will issue a registration certificate, two registration decals, and two expiration stickers.
  • The expiration stickers show the registration's expiration date.

Limited Registration

For a snowmobile that is eligible for limited registration:

  • Registration is free and does not expire unless you transfer ownership of the vehicle.
  • Upon receipt of the application, the DCNR will issue a registration certificate and two registration decals.

All Registered Snowmobiles

For all registered snowmobiles:

  • The registration decals must be attached:
    • To each side of the snowmobile's cowling forward of the handlebars or …
    • On the outside of each trailing edge of the windshield.
  • Snowmobiles with general registration must attach an expiration sticker to the right of each registration decal.
  • The registration certificate must be carried on the snowmobile whenever the snowmobile is being operated.
Pennsylvania snowmobile registration placement

Temporary Registration

A snowmobile that is purchased from a dealer may have a temporary registration that is valid for no more than 45 days.

Vintage Snowmobiles

A vintage snowmobile is exempt from the registration requirement, but a vintage snowmobile permit with a permit number is required.

  • The fee is $20, and the permit does not expire unless you transfer ownership of the vehicle.
  • The permit must be carried on the vintage snowmobile whenever the snowmobile is being operated.
Pennsylvania vintage snowmobile permit