NH OHRV Registration / Rules
2021/2020 snowmobile registrations are valid from the date of issue through April 30, 2022 and are not prorated.
All snowmobiles must be registered if operated in New Hampshire off the owner's property. A registration is a privilege to ride off of your own property on approved trails or with written landowner permission. There are no additional trail user fees in New Hampshire. Please note that registration does not guarantee trails are open for riding. For questions regarding registration, contact NH Fish and Game at (603) 271-4300. For information on trails, openings and closures, contact the NH Bureau of Trails at (603) 271-3254 or visit their website .
When registering an snowmobile, the registrant:
Must be at least 18 years old and present a valid driver's license or non-driver photo ID. Registrations are issued to an individual;
Must present a valid NH driver's license or NH non-driver photo ID to qualify for resident rates;
Must provide the following vehicle information: year of manufacture, make, model, displacement, primary and secondary colors, and VIN. Snowmobiles are not titled in NH. No title, bill of sale or previous registration is required;
Must present the appropriate proof of club membership to qualify for applicable member rate. See below for information regarding wheeled vehicle and snowmobile club memberships;
Will receive a printed registration certificate and two decals; and
Is responsible for verifying their registration information and affixing the decals appropriately.
How to Register Your OHRV
Individuals may register at any of the OHRV registration agents located throughout the state, and must apply in person. Registrations also may be purchased at Fish and Game headquarters.
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Snowmobile Club Discount
Snowmobile registration fees are discounted for members of New Hampshire snowmobile club affiliated with the NH Snowmobile Association (NHSA). The registrant must present, at each time of registration, their membership voucher with their NHSA member number for the corresponding season. To find a club, visit the NH Snowmobile Association at nhsa.com or call (603) 273-0220 (snowmobile club information only).
Registration Fees and Current Rules
Registration fees and current rules are outlined in the current OHRV/Snowmobile Digest of Regulations. There you'll find snowmobile, ATV and trail bike registration fees, rules, as well as other information, such as guidelines for reporting accidents or stolen snowmobiles. Please note that this publication is only a summary of New Hampshire Off Highway Recreational Vehicle laws and current fees; it is not the complete law or rules. The official rules may be examined at: Administrative Procedures Division; Office of Legislative Services; State House, Concord, New Hampshire.
Tracked OHRV Registration Requirements
The requirement for dual registration of tracked ATVs on snowmobile trails recently changed. At the present time, only a NH OHRV registration is required.
The size requirements to operate on a snowmobile trail have not changed. In order to operate on state-approved snowmobile trails, an OHRV (wheeled vehicle) that has had the wheels or tires removed and replaced with tracks, cleats or skis, must meet the definition of a snowmobile as defined by law. The OHRV, with the tracks on, cannot exceed 54 inches in width and 1,200 pounds.
How to Place your OHRV Registration Decal
Please note: Beginning with the 2015/2016 registration year, the size of the decals has been reduced. To ensure proper visibility, please remove the old decals before applying the new decals.
Snowmobilers can only ride on trails designated and signed as a snowmobile trail. Riders should familiarize themselves with signage and state laws.
Your Snowmobile Registration Fees at Work
Registration fees in New Hampshire are split between two state agencies, NH Fish and Game and the NH Dept. of Resources and Economic Development, Division of Parks and Recreation’s Bureau of Trails.
NH Fish and Game is responsible for the administration of the snowmobile registration program, snowmobile safety education, and law enforcement out on the trails.
The majority of monies the Bureau of Trails receives are returned to the local snowmobile clubs through the Bureau’s Grant-In-Aid Program. There are two types of snowmobile GIA grants, the Summer Grant that provides funds to the clubs for snowmobile trail construction and maintenance (including bridge building/maintenance) and updating or replacement of snowmobile trail grooming equipment, and the Winter Grant that provides funding to snowmobile clubs to help with fuel costs of grooming the snowmobile trails.
New Hampshire has a reputation for excellence with its nationally recognized wealth of wide, well-groomed snowmobile trails. By encouraging snowmobile club membership, providing Safety Education and enforcing snowmobile laws, we work together to provide a safe and enjoyable riding experience. These high standards are maintained by snowmobile registration fees.