Laws & Regulations

In Illinois all persons who are at least 12 years of age and less than 16 years of age are required to take a Illinois-Approved Snowmobile Safety Course, and obtain a snowmobile safety certificate when riding on public lands. Riders under the age of 12 are not required to carry a certificate, however these riders MUST be accompanied (on the same snowmobile) by a parent or guardian of at least 18 years of age at all times when riding in public areas.

Exception to Education Requirements

You are not required to carry a snowmobile safety certificate in the following cases:

  • If you are over 11 years of age and under 16 years of age and accompanied on the snowmobile by a parent, guardian or a person at least 16 years of age designated by a parent or guardian.

Ride Safe and Legal!

Before heading out onto Illinois's snowmobile trails please remember to follow all safety regulations and best practices to ensure a safe and enjoyable ride:

  • Always wear an approved helmet and safety gear while riding.
  • Ensure your snowmobile is properly registered in the state.
  • Ride at a safe speed. Reduce speed at night or in reduced visibility.
  • Obtain the landowner's permission before riding on private lands.
  • Never ride while under the influence of drugs or alcohol.

Important Note

The laws and regulations listed on this page are meant as a quick reference for snowmobile riders. It is your responsibility to know ALL snowmobile laws before heading out. For a complete listing of snowmobile laws and regulations in Illinois please consult the Illinois DNR at

You can take the snowmobile safety course online and get your snowmobile safety certificate today! Simply click on the link below to get started.