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