Snowmobiles

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.

Did you know?

  • To drive a snowmobile anywhere in Ontario, you must have a valid Ontario driver's license or a snowmobile operator's license.
  • You must be 12 years of age or older to drive a snowmobile. Anyone 12 years old or older who does not have a driver's license of any kind, must graduate from the OFSC driver training course to receive a snowmobile permit. Upon satisfying the requirements prescribed by the Act and obtaining a snowmobile operator's license, anyone 12 years or older who does not have a valid driver's license, may operate a snowmobile. Persons with only a snowmobile operators permit are not allowed to operate a snowmobile across or along any public highway. Highway as used in the Act as defined below.
  • 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.
  • A snowmobile may be operated on a highway, where permitted, across a highway or on an established and maintained trail designed for snowmobiles.
  • 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.

Remember

  • 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
M3B 2T6

or by calling:
416-445-3333 ext.616
1-800-387-0141
fax: 416-445-5967

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
Unit 12
Barrie, Ontario
L4M 6E7
705-739-7669
fax: 705-739-5005