Complete a Snowmobile Safety Class Before the Snow Flies in Michigan

Michigan DNR
Michigan Department of Natural Resources

Michigan -( The Michigan Department of Natural Resources encourages snowmobilers to earn their snowmobile safety course certifications before winter arrives.

All operators are encouraged to complete a snowmobile safety course, although only youth ages 12-16 must have a certification prior to operating a snowmobile without direct supervision of an adult and when crossing a highway or street.

“Modern snowmobiles are capable of high rates of speeds over snow and ice,” said Cpl. John Morey, DNR off-road vehicle and snowmobile coordinator. “With the potential hazards associated with operating a snowmobile, safety training is a crucial factor in safe and responsible snowmobile operation.”

The snowmobile safety class covers snowmobile terminology and function, safe operation of the machine, basic first aid and snowmobile ethics, rules and regulations.

“Michigan conservation officers, in cooperation with schools, organizations and associations, take an active role in assuring that all of Michigan’s citizens have the opportunity to take a snowmobile safety class,” Morey said.

Find a class near you or register for an online course. Read all snowmobile regulations or view the updated regulations brochure.

The entire state snowmobile trail system is open to riders annually from Dec. 1 to March 31 to coincide with seasonal access leases for state trails that utilize private land.

To learn more about the work of conservation officers, visit

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