Laws & Regulations

In Minnesota, all snowmobile operators who are at least 12 years of age and born after December 31st, 1976 are required to take a Minnesota-Approved Snowmobile Safety Course, and obtain a Snowmobile Safety Certificate before riding on public lands.

Snowmobile Safety Gear Requirements

In Minnesota, all snowmobile operators MUST wear an approved helmet at ALL times when operating their snowmobile on public lands, regardless of age or experience level. A helmet is also mandatory for any passengers on the snowmobile.

It is highly recommended that all riders also wear gloves, long sleeved shirt, long pants and over-the-ankle boots that are designed to offer added protection for snowmobile operators.

Ride Safe and Legal!

Before heading out on Minnesota’s snowmobile trails, please remember the following tips to ensure a safe and enjoyable ride:

  • Always wear appropriate safety gear when riding.
  • Ensure your snowmobile is properly registered and insured.
  • Ride at a safe speed and reduce speed at night, in reduced visibility, on the roadway and near resident areas.
  • 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 on this page are meant as a quick reference for snowmobile riders. It is your responsibility to know ALL snowmobile laws before heading out on the trails. For a complete list of snowmobile laws and regulations in Minnesota, please consult the Minnesota DNR Snowmobile Regulations.