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Notice of Snowmobile Law Changes

Effective April 1, 2011 the Snowmobile Registration and Safety Act was amended by Public Act 096-1291 to:

  • Increase the snowmobile registration fee to $30 for new snowmobile registrations, transfer renewals, and renewals. Old registration application forms will be accepted as long as the new fee is remitted. Duplicate registration cards, corrected registration cards, and duplicate decals will remain $1.
  • Require a non-resident to purchase a yearly snowmobile trail use sticker if the snowmobile is not registered in Illinois. The fee for a snowmobile trail use sticker is $25 for a person who is not a resident of this State and who operates a snowmobile within this State if such snowmobile is not registered in Illinois. Trail passes are available at license vendors throughout the state.
  • Require liability insurance: Other than a person operating a snowmobile on their own property that is not a posted snowmobile trail, and other than a person operating a snowmobile on property other than a posted snowmobile trail in which the owner of the property has given permission to operate a snowmobile on the property, no person shall operate, register or maintain registration of a snowmobile unless the snowmobile is covered by a liability insurance policy, pursuant to Section 7-203 of the Illinois Vehicle Code (625 ILCS 5/7‑203).  Proof of insurance as required by this Section shall be produced and displayed by the owner or operator of the snowmobile upon request to any law enforcement officer or to any person who has suffered or claims to have suffered either personal injury or property damage as a result of the operation of the snowmobile by the owner or operator.