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The renewal period for snowmobile registrations without penalty is September 1st through December 31st, annually.
Be sure to register your snowmobile, annually.
All newly owned machines, or machines not yet entered into the recreational vehicle and vessel registration system (RVVRS), must be registered through the County Recorder’s Office in the owner’s county of residence.
To register you will need:
Snowmobiles which have been entered into RVVRS may be renewed through the Iowa DNR Online License and Registration site. You will need to provide your DNR customer number, which is printed on your vehicle registration.
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Both resident and nonresident user permits are available at County Recorder’s Office and any license agent that sells hunting and fishing licenses. For those listed within the RVVRS system you may also purchase Iowa Resident User Permits via our the Iowa DNR Online License and Registration site.
Whenever an ATV, ORM, or ORV is involved in an accident resulting in injury or death to any person or property damage amounting to $1,500 or more, the operator of the vehicle or a person acting for the operator shall immediately notify the county sheriff or another law enforcement agency in the state.
If the accident occurred on public land, a designated riding area, a designated riding trail, or ice under the jurisdiction of the Natural Resource Commission, the operator shall file a report of the accident with the Department of Natural Resources within 72 hours. The report shall be on DNR Form 542-8093.
All reports shall be submitted to the Iowa DNR State Parks Bureau, 502 E 9th Street, Des Moines, Iowa, 50319-0034, and shall include a full description of the collision, occurrence, or other casualty. If you have any questions, please call the DNR Des Moines Office at 515-725-8200.
Operator Incident Report Form: 542-8093
Operator Incident Report Form: 542-8093
The Iowa DNR is authorized to approve a club or individual to hold an organized special event (an organized race, exhibition, or demonstration of limited duration which is conducted according to a prearranged schedule and in which general public interest is manifested) within the state if the event is scheduled to be held on public land or public ice. The DNR shall designate the equipment and facilities necessary for the safe operation of vehicles and for the safety of operators, participants, and observers.
Residents participating in a special event must display a current registration on their vehicles. Nonresidents must display a valid, Iowa nonresident user permit on their vehicles.
At least 30 days before the scheduled date of a special event, an application must be filed with the DNR using the Special Events web-based application found at https://programs.iowadnr.gov/specialevents/.
For more information, contact DNR Customer Service:515-725-8200 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Snow grooming equipment is purchased through the Department's Snowmobile Cost-share Program. This equipment is granted to clubs for use in developing and maintaining snowmobile trail systems in Iowa. These are the steps to becoming a certified groomer operator:
Groomer operators must attend a workshop once every three years (effective 7/7/2010) to maintain their status as certified. This training will focus on a greater understanding of trail development, equipment upkeep, and any changes or enhancements to the program which have taken place. The re-certification date is included on the card issued to the operator from the program.
There is no fee for the initial certification training or the re-certification training.
Groomer workshops were offered in January of 2017.
For assistance with the program, please contact Rhonda Fowler at 515-725-8490 or Rhonda.Fowler@dnr.iowa.gov.
ANYONE OPERATING SNOW GROOMING EQUIPMENT MUST POSSESS A VALID DRIVER'S LICENSE ISSUED BY THEIR STATE OF RESIDENCE AND A CERTIFIED GROOMER OPERATOR CARD ISSUED BY THE IOWA DNR.
The State of Iowa, Department of Natural Resources, administers a grant program for the development of snowmobile trails. This program is funded from snowmobile registration fees and user permits, which are placed into the state snowmobile fund. Snowmobile clubs apply for grants on an annual basis for trail grooming, trail maintenance, equipment purchases, operation and maintenance of snowmobile trial groomers, and insurance through an insurance agent.
Applying for a Snowmobile Trail Grant
Incorporated private organizations, cities, and counties are eligible to apply for snowmobile grants. Applying for and being awarded a grant is a commitment to use the state registration funds in accordance with state laws and administrative rules. The grant application must be filled out completely in order to be considered for a grant.
Snowmobile trail grant applications (1 original, 5 copies), must be received in the DNR offices on or before the close of business (4:30 p.m.) on May 1 annually.
How to Apply
Mailing information is included in the directions.
Snowmobile Trail Grant Application
Snowmobile Trail Grant Application (requires Adobe Acrobat Pro X)
Supporting Documentation for the Snowmobile Trail Grant Program
Snow Grant Admin Rules.pdf
Snow Groomer and Trail Development Scoring Criteria.pdf
Snow Amendment Request Letter.pdf
Requirements for Using ATV or ORVs on Trails
Requirements for Trail Improvement
Snowmobile Club Insurance Information: http://www.vandvins.com/
Requesting Reimbursement from an Awarded Snowmobile Trail Grant Agreement
Clubs or other governmental entities have from the time the grant is awarded (late summer) through the following April 15th to incur expenses and complete all the required paperwork for the grant close out and reimbursement. All the necessary paperwork (billing form, groomer log, etc.) is included with the Snowmobile Trail Grant Agreement sent to and signed by the club or entity. (The Snowmobile Trail Grant Application above is not the proper document to use to request reimbursement.)
For more information about the grant program contact DNR Snowmobile staff at Rhonda.Fowler@dnr.iowa.gov, 515-725-8490.
Snowmobile Reference Guide
Snowmobile riders in the state of Iowa who are ages 12 through 17 are required to have taken, and passed, a
snowmobile education course and have an education certificate in their possession when riding on public land, public ice, and designated snowmobile trails, if these areas are signed open to snowmobile use.
This regulation applies to both resident and nonresident riders.