Snowmobile Sno-Park Permit

Sno-Park Permit & snowmobile registration

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. 

Registration is not required for the following snowmobiles:

(1) Snowmobiles owned and operated by the United States, another state, or a political subdivision thereof.

(2) A snowmobile owned by a resident of another state or Canadian province if that snowmobile is registered under the laws of the state or province in which its owner resides. This exemption applies only to the extent that a similar exemption or privilege is granted under the laws of that state or province. Any snowmobile that is validly registered in another state or province and that is physically located in this state for a period of more than fifteen consecutive days is subject to registration under this chapter.

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, 2031 per 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.