DMV reminds snowmobilers to register sleds for season

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ALBANY — The state Department of Motor Vehicles is reminding snowmobile enthusiasts to register their snowmobiles before hitting the trails this season.

Snowmobile registrations must be renewed annually, the DMV announcement said, adding that the registrations can be renewed online at https://dmv.ny.gov/registration/register-snowmobile, by mail or in person. The local DMV office, 301 W. Dominick St., is open from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. weekdays.

“To help snowmobilers enjoy New York’s gorgeous and extensive trails, the DMV has made the registration process easy,” said  Mark J.F. Schroeder, DMV Commissioner , adding that members of the New York State Snowmobile Association receive a $55 discount on snowmobile registrations. More information can be found online at https://nysnowmobiler.com/membership/.

All snowmobiles operated in New York must be registered and marked with a validation sticker. Riders who complete a registration online can print a temporary certificate, which is valid for 15 days. DMV generates a permanent registration and mails it to the recipient along with their validation sticker. There is no additional charge for the temporary certificate. 

Non-New Yorkers who wish to ride in New York State can register a snowmobile if it is already registered in their home state. They can use the  NYS Registration for Out-of-State Snowmobile  service to get the 15-day registration and operate their snowmobile here immediately, officials said, adding that the DMV will send a permanent registration in the mail. 

There are over 10,500 miles in the Statewide Snowmobile Trail System traversing 45 counties and maintained by more than 200 clubs. Revenue obtained though snowmobile registrations is used to support local areas through grants-in-aid for snowmobile trail development and maintenance, which is administered through 51 municipal sponsors.

The vast trail network is comprised of lands under the jurisdiction of the Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation, the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC), NYS Canal Corporation, national forest land, local governments and many private landowners who have increasingly opened their property to snowmobiling with insurance coverage provided by the state snowmobile program, officials added.

The state also requires snowmobile operator training courses for snowmobilers age 10 and up.  The course, taught by experienced snowmobilers who volunteer their time, provides fundamental information which all snowmobilers should possess in order to ensure the safety of riders and other trail users. Successful completion of this course results in the award of a NYS Snowmobile Safety Certificate. For more information, go online to  https://parks.ny.gov/recreation/snowmobiles/education.aspx. 

“New York is home to some of the nation’s most extraordinary and scenic opportunities for snowmobilers, and snowmobile registrations support the state’s maintenance, grooming, and outreach programs for more than 10,000 miles of public snowmobile trails,” said Department of Environmental Conservation Commissioner Basil Seggos. “DEC works closely with our partners each season to help ensure these trails are safe and I encourage the snowmobile community to support this effort and register their sleds before going out to enjoy the trails this winter.” 

 “State Parks encourages snowmobilers to take a safety course and be familiar with the fundamentals of safe, respectful riding. Never operate while impaired. Wear proper gear and protective equipment,” said state Parks Commissioner Erik Kulleseid. “Be prepared for changing trail and weather conditions. Show respect and appreciation to landowners. Do not operate on closed trails, operate in a safe and controlled manner, remain on the marked trail and obey installed trail signs, and respect other user groups.” 

Snowmobilers must always carry registration and proof of insurance documents on them while snowmobiling, officials said, and riders must produce the documents at the request of any law enforcement officer or magistrate. Additionally, riders must produce insurance documentation at the request of anyone who is injured or suffers property damage as a result of operating a snowmobile. Holders of snowmobile safety certificates must carry the certificate when they are snowmobiling. 

DMV also reminds snowmobilers that it is illegal to operate a snowmobile while impaired by drugs or alcohol, and drivers and passengers must wear helmets on the state snowmobile trail system. 

For more info on the New York State Snowmobile Trail System and tips for operation see the webpage  http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/7718.html  or https://parks.ny.gov/recreation/snowmobiles/. 

A map of New York’s snowmobile trails is available at  https://webapps2.cgis-solutions.com/nysnowmobile/.

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