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Snowmobile Basics

Michigan Snowmobile Law:

The following is a summary of important highlights from the Michigan Snowmobile Law that every owner/operator is expected to know, understand and obey. This Fact Sheet is provided as a service to encourage safety, awareness and responsibility.


“Snowmobile” means 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, but is not a vehicle that must be registered under the Michigan vehicle code. (1949 PA 300, MCL 257.1 to 257.923)

A person is NOT permitted to operate a snowmobile, if his/her Michigan operator's license is suspended or revoked. Non-residents with suspended or revoked licenses in the state in which he/she resides, are also not permitted to operate a snowmobile in Michigan.