What Do You Need to do to Drive a Snowmobile in Michigan?

What Do You Need to do to Drive a Snowmobile in Michigan?

by / Thursday, 14 November 2013 / Published in Motor Vehicle Accidents, Personal Injury, Tips

man driving yellow snowmobile on snow

Keeping to our wintery themed blogs this week, we want to give you some basic information about snowmobiles in the state of Michigan.

First things first, you’re going to need a snowmobile. A snowmobile is defined, according to our legislature, as any motor-driven vehicle designed for travel primarily on snow or ice of a type that utilizes sled-type runners or skis, an endless belt tread, or any combination of these or other similar means of contact with the surface upon which it is operated.

You cannot operate a snowmobile if you’re under 12 years of age. If you’re over 12 years old, but under 17, then there are certain requirements that must be met:


  • The person is under the direct supervision of a person who is 21 years of age or older.
  • The person has in his or her immediate possession a snowmobile safety certificate issued pursuant to a program conducted under section 82107.
  • The person is on land owned or under the control of his or her parent or legal guardian.
  • The person possesses a snowmobile safety certificate issued to the person under the authority of a law of another state or province of Canada.
  • A person who is operating a snowmobile pursuant to subsection (2)(b) shall present the snowmobile safety certificate to any peace officer upon demand.



Not only must a person register their snowmobile with the state of Michigan, but they must also purchase a Michigan snowmobile trail permit sticker to ride on Michigan’s designated public trails.

Do you need to wear a helmet while riding a snowmobile in Michigan?

If you’re riding on public trails, then you need a helmet:

Sec. 82123. A person operating or riding on a snowmobile shall wear a crash helmet on his or her head. Crash helmets shall be approved by the United States department of transportation.

However, this section does not apply to a person riding on or operating a snowmobile on his or her own private property, but we recommend that you always wear a helmet while riding.

Stay tuned to our blog for more information on Michigan snowmobiling. We offer this information as a way to keep your informed.

Our firm has been handling Michigan personal injury claims for over 30 years. If you’ve been injured in a snowmobile accident, then Goodwin & Scieszka are your snowmobile lawyers.

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