Legal-Ease: Know the laws for snowmobiles in Ohio

Lee R. Schroeder is an Ohio licensed attorney at Schroeder Law LLC in Putnam County. He limits his practice to business, real estate, estate planning and agriculture issues in northwest Ohio. He can be reached at [email protected] or at 419-659-2058. This article is not intended to serve as legal advice, and specific advice should be sought from the licensed attorney of your choice based upon the specific facts and circumstances that you face.

As snowmobile season is upon us, some may have questions about the laws surrounding snowmobile usage in Ohio. Using a snowmobile on private property that is owned or leased by the operator of a snowmobile doesn’t require any registration. But if the operator is using the snowmobile anywhere else, the snowmobile must be registered with the Ohio Bureau of Motor Vehicles. Snowmobile registrations can last up to three years. A number of other laws surround the legal operation of snowmobiles in Ohio.

I have a few close friends and cousins who love winter and snowmobiling more than anything else in the world. Although they leave Ohio to snowmobile out-of-season, they ride snowmobiles here when the weather permits. We will soon encounter some snowmobile-appropriate weather here.

Use of a snowmobile on private property that is owned or leased by the snowmobile operator does not require registration of any type. If the snowmobile is used anywhere else, the snowmobile must be registered with the Ohio Bureau of Motor Vehicles. However, unlike typical motor vehicle registrations that are subject to renewal annually, snowmobile registrations can last up to three years.

Read more about the laws surrounding snowmobiles in Ohio in Lee’s article in the Lima News here: Legal-Ease: Know the laws for snowmobiles in Ohio

Source: LimaOhio.com, “Legal-Ease: Know the laws for snowmobiles in Ohio,” by Lee R. Schroeder, December 17, 2016

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