The Ontario Motorized Snow Vehicle Act defines a snowmobile or a motorized snow vehicle, as a self-propelled vehicle designed to be driven primarily on snow. All snowmobiles must be insured on an automobile policy. The driver must carry proof of insurance at all times.
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To drive a snowmobile in Ontario, you must be 12 of or older and must have a valid Ontario driver’s license or snowmobile operator’s license.
To obtain a snowmobile operator’s license, you must graduate from the OFSC driver training course. If you only have a snowmobile operator’s permit, you are not allowed to operated a snowmobile across or along any public highway, as defined in the Ontario Motorized Snow Vehicle Act.
A highway is defined in the Ontario Motorized Snow Vehicle Act, to include a common and public highway, street, avenue, parkway, driveway, square, place, bridge, viaduct or trestle, any part of which is intended for, or used by the general public for the passage of vehicles and includes that area between the lateral property lines.
Unless you are operating your snowmobile only on land owned or occupied by the owner of the snowmobile, you must have a snowmobile permit and validation sticker affixed to the snowmobile in accordance with the Act. There is an annual fee for the sticker. The Ministry supplies the sticker, which is to be placed in the upper right corner of the decal on the left side of the cowling.
• Ride Safe and Sober
• Obey applicable speed limits. The limits are enforced
• Wear reflective clothing, an approved helmet and protect your eyes
• Know basic first aid
• Know your machine and keep it in good running condition
• Always ride with a buddy
Snowmobiles are not toys. Serious riding requires serious training. It is a matter of life and death.
The information on this website was obtained from the Official Off-Road Vehicle Handbook. For more information, obtain your own copy of the Official Off-Road Vehicles Handbook, from a retail store, a Driver Examination Office or a Vehicle License Issuing Office near you - or you can order it directly from:
General Publishing Co. Ltd.
30 Lesmill Road
North York, Ontario
or by calling:
To obtain your snowmobile permit, contact your local office of the Ontario Federation of Snowmobile Clubs (OFSC) for dates, times and registration.
OFSC can be reached at:
106 Saunders Road