Snowmobile Trail Pass

2014 Wisconsin Act 142, effective July 1, 2015 forward, expanded the snowmobile trail pass requirement to include snowmobiles registered in Wisconsin and increased the nonresident snowmobile trail pass fee. Beginning with the 2015-16 snow season, all snowmobiles operating on a Wisconsin snowmobile trail or corridor must display a valid snowmobile trail pass whether registered in Wisconsin or another state. 

The following snowmobiles are exempt from displaying a trail pass:

The snowmobile trail pass is:

Snowmobile Trail Pass fact sheet [PDF]

Snowmobile trail pass types, fees and how to order

The snowmobile trail pass fee is dependent upon whether the snowmobile for which you are purchasing the trail pass is registered in Wisconsin and whether the owner of that snowmobile is a member of a snowmobile club and the Association of Wisconsin Snowmobile Clubs (AWSC). Trail pass fees are non-refundable. You will need your Wisconsin registration number or, for a nonresident snowmobile trail pass, the make and model.

Note: Snowmobile trail pass fees are non-refundable. The department will not honor refund requests if the snowmobile’s owner purchases a full priced snowmobile trail pass and later purchases a club member pass at the discounted rate.

Antique snowmobiles

Owners of snowmobiles registered as antiques will receive a free annual trail pass from the Department, as required by law. If the trail pass is not received with the antique registration decals, one will be mailed, prior to the snow season, to the owner's address on the account.

Snowmobile dealers

All snowmobiles with a Wisconsin commercial dealer registration require the dealer purchase and display a valid Wisconsin snowmobile trail pass. Dealers registered in another state are required to purchase and display a nonresident snowmobile trail pass.

How is snowmobile trail pass revenue used?

The revenue generated from snowmobile trail pass sales directly benefits snowmobiling in Wisconsin by increasing the snowmobile segregated fund, which is used to pay for maintenance and development of snowmobile trails. The discounted club member pass provides incentive for membership in local snowmobile clubs, whose members provide the majority of the labor and equipment used to maintain the snowmobile trails.

Questions on snowmobile trail passes?

For more information on the nonresident or Wisconsin snowmobile trail passes sold by WDNR, contact our Call Center staff at 
1-888-936-7463, available 7 days per week, 7 am – 10 pm.

For more information on the discounted club member snowmobile trail passes please visit