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Wisconsin is the birthplace of snowmobiling and continues to offer some of the best snowmobiling opportunities you are likely to find, especially in northern Wisconsin. More than 200,000 registered snowmobiles hit Wisconsin's 25,000 miles of groomed trails each winter, making safety an important part of the ride. Ride smart from the start - take a snowmobile safety course!

Snowmobile course requirements

Any person who is born on or after Jan. 1, 1985, and who has reached the age of 12, must have completed and received a snowmobile safety certificate in order to operate a snowmobile in Wisconsin. The certificate must be carried while operating the snowmobile, and displayed to a law enforcement officer upon demand.

This does not apply to the operation of snowmobiles upon lands owned or leased by the operator's parent or guardian. Leased lands do not include lands leased by an organization of which said operator or the operator's parent or guardian is a member.

No person under the age of 12 may operate a snowmobile unless the person is accompanied either by a parent or guardian or by a person over 18 years of age. Accompanied means to be on the same snowmobile as the operator. Other states and provinces that issue a snowmobile safety certificate to snowmobilers will be honored in Wisconsin.

Course information

The snowmobile safety course consists of six hours of basic instruction in the principles of snowmobile safety. The course is comprised of six hours of classroom study and an optional two hours of hands-on snowmobile operation or optional snowmobile ride simulation.

Length of course

Minimum of eight hours. May be longer depending on instructor and the student's learning ability.

Class availability

Varies depending on area of the state and time of the year. There is at least one class per county per year. Go to the sign up button below for availability.

Cost of course

$10

Internet courses

Operators of snowmobiles have an online method to receive snowmobile safety certification. The internet course is available at www.snowmobile-ed.com/wisconsin[exit DNR] and www.snowmobilecourse.com/usa/wisconsin[exit DNR]. Students MUST be 16 years of age or older in order to become certified by these online courses.