Does my state require a snowmobile license?

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Each state adheres to its own snowmobiling rules and regulations. So before you and friends hop on your snowmobiles, it's in your best interest to know the rules on registering, titling and whether or not a snowmobile license (a.k.a. drivers license) is required to operate a machine. As is, few states require licensing of any kind, preferring instead to focus on snowmobile safety certificates as an operating prerequisite. And even a smaller few now require carrying liability insurance.

For detailed information on rules and regulations, visit your state's DMV Web site. It will either direct you to a specific page, or send you to the state's Parks and Recreation Division. Usually you'll find everything you need to know including fees, forms and the different regulations pertaining to in-state and out-of-state snowmobilers.   

License Required No License Required
Alabama
x
Alaska
x
Arizona
x
Arkansas
x
California
x
You cannot operate a snowmobile on public lands if your drivers license is suspended.
Colorado
x
Connecticut
x
Must have a drivers license to cross a public highway.
Delaware
x
Florida
x
Georgia
x
Hawaii
x
Idaho
x
Must have a drivers license only when operating on public roads.
Illinois
x
Indiana
x
Iowa
x
Kansas
x
Kentucky
x
Louisiana
x
Maine
x
Maryland
x
Massachusetts
x
Michigan
x
You cannot operate a snowmobile if your driver's license is suspended or revoked, regardless of state.
Minnesota
x
Mississippi
x
Missouri
x
Montana
x
Must have a drivers license only when operating on public roads.
Nebraska
x
Nevada
x
New Hampshire
x
You cannot operate a snowmobile if your drivers license is under suspension in any state or Canadian province. You must have a drivers license to cross a public highway.
New Jersey
x
New Mexico
x
New York
x
All snowmobiles must be insured unless they are only operated on property owned or leased by the snowmobile owner.
North Carolina
x
North Dakota
x
Ohio
x
Must have a drivers license to ride on any street or highway.
Oklahoma
x
Oregon
x
You only have to possess a drivers license if you don't own a snowmobile operator permit that can only be obtained by completing a snowmobile safety education course.
Pennsylvania
x
Liability insurance is required, unless you limit your riding exclusively to property owned or leased by you.
Rhode Island
x
South Carolina
x
South Dakota
x
You must provide proof of liability insurance if requested, as a secondary action after being flagged for another violation.
Tennessee
x
Texas
x
Utah
x
You only must possess a drivers license if you're 16 or older and don't own an OHV Education Certificate.
Vermont
x
You must carry liability insurance in the minimum amounts of 25/50/10.
Virginia
x
Washington
x
West Virginia
x
Wisconsin
x
Wyoming
x
Washington DC
x

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