Snowmobile Education

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The snowmobile education course is designed to teach students the principles of safe snowmobiling and how snowmobiling affects other people and the environment.

The following age restrictions apply to persons operating a snowmobile on public land, public ice, designated riding trails or designated riding areas in Iowa:

  • Persons under the age of 16 may operate their own snowmobile under the direct supervision of a responsible person of at least 18 years of age experienced in snowmobile operation who possesses a valid driver's license or an education certificate issued or recognized by the DNR.
  • Persons 12 through 17 must have a valid education certificate in their possession when operating.
  • Persons 16 to 17 may operate unsupervised, but must have a valid education certificate. Restrictions on operating a motor vehicle also apply to persons in this age group.
  • Persons 18 and older may operate without an education certificate if their privilege to operate a motor vehicle has not been barred or revoked.

The focus of the DNR Snowmobile Education Program is to provide an education course that reduces the rate of accidents, injuries, property damage, and fatalities, while at the same time promoting the development of environmental stewards by educating our students about environmental concerns, energy conservation and proper maintenance of snowmobiles, and promoting the practice of only riding in legal areas and with landowner permission.

Students can attend an instructor-led class or take a certification course online. Students must complete a written exam with a minimum score of 80% to receive an education certificate.  Cost of the course is $10 payable at time of class.

Instructor-led courses:

November 21, 2015 9:00 am – 5 pm
Carqwest, 801 8th street N, Northwood, Iowa
Bring a sack lunch
Preregister with instructor: Joe @ 641-424-8536
Course fee is $10.00

December 5, 2015
Hometown Pizza, 103 Main Street, Coulter, Iowa
Lunch is sponsored by Iowa River Riders
For more information, contact Chad @ 641-425-6855
Course fee is $10.00

December 12, 2015
Hancock County Courthouse, Law Enforcement Center, 855 State Street, Garner, Iowa
Bring a sack lunch
Preregister with instructor: Ross at 641-923-2871
Course fee is $10.00

December 19, 2015 8:00 am - 4:00 pm
Dickinson County Expo Center, 1602 15th Street, Spirit Lake, Iowa
Lunch, beverages, and snacks provided by Dickinson County Show Hawks
Preregister with instructor: Dan @ 712-330-2609;; or
Course fee is $10.00

January 16, 2016 8:00 am - 4:00 pm
Northwest Iowa Community College, 603 West Park Street, Sheldon, Iowa
Lunch: Bring sack lunch
Preregister by calling Evan Bensley at 800-352-4907
Course fee is $10.00

To register for the online certification course, please go to

For information about classes or the Snowmobile Education Program, please contact