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Snowmobile Safety Course

Welcome to the Vermont Certified Snowmobile Safety Course: "Today's Snowmobile Rider in Vermont" 

Vermont State Law requires anyone born after July 1, 1983, and who is 12 years of age and older, to complete and pass a six-hour safety course.   

The Vermont Snowmobile Safety Course is provided by the Vermont Department of Public Safety in cooperation with the Vermont Association of Snow Travelers. Safety classes are sponsored by local snowmobile clubs and taught by club volunteers, and are usually held in the fall and early winter. Persons wishing to attend a course must register as early as possible as class size is limited. 


Children who are 8, 9, 10 or 11 years of age are not required to take the snowmobile safety education course. However, if they take the course, and pass the test, by themselves (No parental assistance) they will be certified.

Ages 8 to 11, Eight years of age, but not yet 12

The operator age 8 - 11 is exempt from taking a safety course.
May operate a snowmobile on the VAST trail system without taking the safety course as long as they are under the direct supervision of a parent or legal guardian who accepts full liability for the child’s actions.
The child is not allowed to operate a snowmobile on or across a plowed public right of way.
Children ages 8 – 11 may attend a classroom snowmobile safety course. If the child takes and passes the course and test, (No parent or instructor assistance) they will be certified and receive their snowmobile safety certificate.
Ages 0 to 8 (Children under the age of eight)

May not operate a snowmobile on the VAST trail system at any time.

For further information about snowmobile safety education, and/or to register for a course, please see the calendar dates below or contact the Vermont State Police Recreational Enforcement & Education Unit at (802) 878-7111, ext. 2211

You may take an online course here.

Safety Course Calendar