Riding Your Snowmobile Legally in Idaho
Why should I register my snowmobile?
Idaho Snowmobile owners are legally obligated to register their snowmobiles. Snowmobile owners must register their snowmobiles on or before November 1 of each year.
How do I register a new or used snowmobile?
A snowmobile must be registered before it leaves the premises of a snowmobile dealer/retailer at the time of sale. The purchaser of a used snowmobile, which has been previously registered, must transfer the registration within 15 days of the sale. The Idaho Department of Parks and Recreation or its vendors (click here for a list)
will prepare a new registration with the purchaser's name and address. The transfer fee is $4.50. Applications for an Idaho title must be filed at the nearest county assessor's office. Idaho Code 67-7103.
How do I renew my snowmobile registration?
How much are registration fees?
The registration fee is $32.50 for personal machines, $62.50 for rental machines including a $1.50 vendor fee.
How long is my sticker valid?
For one year. All registrations are valid from November 1 to October 31 of the following year. Idaho Code 67-7103
Do I have to register my snowmobile if I am a not a resident of Idaho?
Idaho requires all out-of-state snowmobilers to purchase a nonresident snowmobile user certificate. The certificate costs $32.50 and is available at authorized snowmobile registration vendors. It is good for a period of one year. Short term certificates are not available. Nonresidents may designate their certificate fees to the county snowmobile program of their primary use.
Where do I put the registration sticker on my snowmobile?
The registration stickers must be placed on the right and left side of the cowling of the snowmobile and be visible and legible at all times. Placing the registration stickers on places other than the right and left side of the cowling invalidates the registration. Idaho Code 67-7103
Where do my registration dollars go?
Back into your sport! Registration dollars collected for snowmobile registration go back into programs that benefit snowmobilers. You can designate which Idaho county you want your registration dollars to go. Each county with a snowmobile program is entitled to 85% of the registration fees designated for that county. The money may only be used for county snowmobile programs such as maintenance and operation of snowmobile trail groomers, signing of snowmobile trails, plowing parking lots, and maintaining warming shelters. Up to 15% of the state snowmobile account generated each year may be used by the department for administrative costs, such as the cost of the sticker and mailing renewal notices.