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Snowmobilers need new sticker when riding trails

ST. PAUL -- As people prepare for snow and winter recreation, the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources reminds snowmobilers of a new sticker requirement.

Anyone planning to ride on a state or Grant-in-Aid snowmobile trail in Minnesota this winter must purchase a Minnesota Snowmobile State Trail sticker for their snowmobile. Generally, if people ride on groomed trails, they will need the sticker. Those who ride only on private land or on lakes would not need to purchase the sticker.

The trail sticker price is $16 for an annual permit or $31 for a three-year permit. This sticker fee is in addition to the snowmobile vehicle registration fee of $48.50 for three years. The annual trail sticker permit is valid only from Nov. 1 through April 30.

Revenue generated from the sale of the snowmobile state trail stickers will go to the Grant-in-Aid program to fund trail maintenance and trail acquisition. Local snowmobile clubs receive funding through the Grant-in-Aid program.

There are several ways to purchase the Minnesota Snowmobile State Trail stickers. Annual permits can be purchased from a deputy registrar or any of the 1,800 electronic licensing agents throughout Minnesota, by telephone at 1-888-665-4236, or through the DNR Web site at

Three-year stickers may only be purchased when registering a snowmobile or renewing a registration. Register through a deputy registrar's office, by mail to the DNR, 500 Lafayette Road, St. Paul, MN 55155, or with an online renewal at