Published March 07, 2010, 12:00 AM

ASK THE DNR: Snowmobile education requirements in Minnesota

Current statute requires anyone born after Dec. 31, 1976 to take a safety training course before operating a snowmobile on public lands or waters.

By: Minnesota DNR, Grand Forks Herald

Q. What are the educational requirements for the legal operation of a snowmobile in Minnesota?

A. Current statute requires anyone born after Dec. 31, 1976 to take a safety training course before operating a snowmobile on public lands or waters. The DNR offers youth and adult safety training at reasonable fees. The training covers basic snowmobile nomenclature, operation and the most common causes of snowmobile accidents in Minnesota.

Youth 11 to 15 years of age have two choices for certification. They may take the traditional eight-hour classroom course or the new CD-based course. Both courses are taught by local volunteer instructors, involve a final exam and require students to participate in hands-on training.

The adult safety course is for snowmobile operators 16 years of age and older and is taken via an independent study CD. Adults send their test results and course fees in upon successfully completing the CD class.

Info: www.mndnr.gov or by calling (800) 366-8917.

— Leland Owens

Owens is recreational vehicle coordinator for the DNR’s Division of Enforcement.

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