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Snowmobile User Information

Registering Your Snowmobile

All snowmobiles and OHRVs must be registered if operated off of the owner’s property. A registration is a privilege to ride off of your own property on approved trails or with written land owner permission. There are no additional trail user fees in N.H.

2013/2014 OHRV or snowmobile registrations are valid from the date of issue through June 30, 2014 and are not prorated. New registration decals are typically available from OHRV Registration Agents.

When registering an OHRV or snowmobile the owner must:
  1. Must be at least 18 years of age, present a valid driver’s license or non driver photo ID, and apply in person.
  2. Must present a valid N.H. driver’s license or N.H. non driver photo ID to qualify for resident rates.
  3. May bring previous registration certificate to the registration agency, or must provide the following vehicle information: year of manufacture, make, model, displacement, primary and secondary colors, and VIN. OHRVs are not titled in N.H. – no title, bill of sale or previous registration is required.
  4. Will receive a new registration certificate and two decals. Must affix one decal on each side of the cowling or on the outside of the windshield, clearly visible and not obstructed.
Click here to view a brochure of the current rules, registration fees and other registration information. 

For more information visit the N.H. Fish and Game site at: http://www.wildlife.state.nh.us/OHRV/ohrv.htm

2013/2014 Registration Fees

Resident (club member) - $64  |  cost breakdown 
Resident (non-club member) - $94  |  cost breakdown 
Non-resident (club member) - $84  |  cost breakdown 
Non-resident (non-club member) - $114  |  cost breakdown 

Effective July 1, 2010: Your registration fees are working to keep New Hampshire’s snowmobile trails some of the best and safest in the East. The state’s snowmobile community supported a fee increase in 2011/2012 to protect the quality of our trails.

Registration Fee FAQs

How are the fees distributed? Most registration fees are distributed directly back to snowmobile clubs for trail maintenance activities through the N.H.Bureau of Trails Grant-in-Aid Program.

Why the increase? The answer is simple - costs are up. Clubs needed additional funds to avoid having to cut back on trail maintenance activities. Costs for fuel, bridge materials and grooming equipment have risen sharply, while fees have not changed since 2004.

What else are fees used for?
Fees also pay for Snowmobile Safety Education and enforcement, which help make our trails safer for all users.

How do NH's registration fees compare to other states? New Hampshire’s snowmobile registration fees are still the lowest in New England.

Your Snowmobile Registration Fees at Work

Maintaining the Trails - Most registration fees are returned to local snowmobile clubs to help pay for trail maintenance through the Grant-in-Aid program run by the N.H. Bureau of Trails. This program does more than provide funding for fuel to groom the trails – it is also used for summer construction, including supplies such as bridge materials, and allows the Bureau of Trails to provide funding to maintain existing grooming equipment
and help replace worn-out equipment.

A Safer Ride - Registration fees also pay for Snowmobile Safety Education and Enforcement, coordinated by N.H. Fish and Game. Our safe trails help promote snowmobiling as a family friendly winter recreational opportunity. To find a class, visit the NH Fish and Game's OHRV and snowmobile information web page.

Reputation for Excellence - New Hampshire is nationally recognized for its wealth of wide, well-groomed snowmobile trails. By encouraging snowmobile club membership, providing Safety Education and enforcing OHRV laws, we are working together to provide you with a safe and enjoyable riding experience. These high standards are maintained by your registration fees.

New Hampshire Snowmobile Trail Grooming

The overall objective of snowmobile trail grooming is to provide smooth trails that are suitable for all levels of  rider experience. This can mean  many things: establishing a trail base at the beginning of the season, having to reestablish a trail after heavy snowfall and/or winds have obliterated it, or having to work a heavily moguled trail back into a smooth surface (also called “restoring” the trail).
NH Snowmobile Grooming Information Sheet