How to register a snowmobile

 This page was updated for COVID-19.

About snowmobile registrations

You must have a valid registration to ride your snowmobile in New York State.  It is against the law to

  • ride a snowmobile without a helmet 1
  • operate a snowmobile under the influence of alcohol or drugs 2 

The NY State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation web site has information about snowmobile insurance, safety training and other information.

If you are not a resident of New York, you can get a temporary snowmobile registration immediately.  See instructions below.

 

How do I register my snowmobile at a DMV office?

Before visiting a DMV office to register your snowmobile, please complete the Document Guide to make sure you bring the correct documents with you.

 

Find your proofs for registration

 

Summary of what you need

  • proof of ownership and bill of sale -  non-residents can use photocopies of proof of ownership and aren’t required to pay the NY State sales tax if the snowmobile is registered in another state
  • proof of identity and age 3
  • cash, check or credit card for the $100 registration fee and sales tax, or proof of sales tax payment or exemption (see sales tax information)

(If you have a current, valid NYSSA voucher, and bring the voucher to the office, the fee for your registration is $45.00.)

 

 

Office procedures have changed due to COVID-19.

We recommend you conduct your DMV business at the office or by mail in the County where you are a resident.

See instructions and reservation information for your county

 

I am not a New York State resident.  How can I get a temporary snowmobile registration immediately?

If your snowmobile is registered in your home state, you can use the NY State Registration for Out-of-State Snowmobiles online service to get a temporary (15 day) NY State registration and operate your snowmobile here immediately (if you registered your snowmobile in New York before, you can renew your registration). We will send you your regular registration in the mail. 

You will be able to download your temporary registration (as a PDF) at the end of this transaction. You can’t come back and download it later.  

To use this transaction, you must

  • be a resident of a U.S. state other than New York (Canadians, you can still register your snowmobile at a DMV office or call 518-626-8989 between 8:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. weekdays)
  • have your snowmobile registered in your name in another state
    • your snowmobile must display your registration number (decal, plate, or tag)
  • only use your snowmobile for recreation in New York State

You must have

  • your out-of-state driver license / ID number
  • your Social Security Number
  • your snowmobile (decal, plate, tag) registration number
  • your snowmobile registration expiration date
  • the snowmobile’s
    • model year
    • make (Yamaha, Polaris)
    • color
    • engine size in cubic centimeters (CC)
  • the New York State County where you will primarily use your snowmobile
  • a credit or debit card for payment (Visa, MasterCard, Discover Card, American Express)

If you have a current, valid NYSSA voucher, the fee for your registration is $45.00. If you do not have a NYSSA voucher, the fee is $100.

 

NY State registration for out-of-state snowmobiles online

 

What is a New York State Snowmobile Association (NYSSA) Snowmobile Club voucher ID Number?

If you are a member of a NYSSA snowmobile club, you receive a voucher that includes an ID number. The ID number is located in the top right corner of your voucher, above the barcode. If you have a current NYSSA voucher, enter the voucher ID number in the box provided. If you do not have a current voucher, skip the voucher ID number section.

 

Why can't I enter my complete address on the NY State Registration for Out-State Snowmobile transaction?

 The snowmobile registration system only allows for

  • 20 characters for the street address
  • 14 characters for the city

Spaces count as a character. If your street address or city name is too long to fit in the field(s), please follow these guidelines (in the order presented) until the information fits within the field

  • use numbers (digits) instead of words, for the house number
  • if the street name is a word which has an accepted abbreviation (e.g. the name of a state), use that abbreviation
  • abbreviate the street type
  • omit the street type
  • remove vowels starting from the last letter of the street name (if the name ends in 2 vowels, start omitting vowels from the last consonant)

Examples:

‘Two Park Avenue’ could be entered as ‘2 PARK AV’

‘1575 Massachusetts Avenue’ could be entered as ‘1575 MASS AV’

‘14040 W Humphreysville Road Avenue’ could be entered as ‘14040 W HUMPHREYSVLL’

 

Why is my name shorter on my registration than what I provided on my application?

Due to limited space in the DMV registration system, your name may be shortened to fit on the document. The document is valid with the shorter name.