All snowmobiles must be registered through the Washington State Department of Licensing (DOL) or a licensing agent, even if a person rides only on his or her own property. The only snowmobiles exempt from registration are those that are government-owned and those registered in another state or Canadian province. Operators from states not requiring registration must obtain a 60-day registration permit from DOL.
Snowmobile registrations are valid Oct. 1 through Sept. 30. The fee is $50 and includes one Sno-Park permit (a vehicle parking permit required at designated Sno-Parks) for each registered snowmobile. The Sno-Park permit must be affixed to the towing vehicle on the inside of the windshield (driver's side) in the lower left corner, whenever the towing vehicle is parked in a designated Sno-Park. The fee also includes one decal, which must be affixed to the snowmobile on the left side of the cowling.
Snowmobile registrations fund snowmobile program
Your $50 registration fee and money collected from a gas tax refund are put into a dedicated fund account for the Snowmobile Program.
The gas tax refund is computed using the following formula: 135 gallons (average yearly fuel usage per snowmobile) x 30 cents per gallon of gas.
The gas tax refund and registration fees collected each year add up to approximately $90.50, (less up to 3%) until June 30 2016. It will then increase to $97.12 (less up to 3%) through June 30, 2031per snowmobile to fund the program. Fees collected this year are put towards next year's snowmobile season to pay for trail grooming, snow removal, sanitation, administration, education, and enforcement.
This information is brought to you in partnership with the Washington State Snowmobile Association.