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Frequently Asked Questions

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Where can I register?

Registrations can be purchased in person at more than 180 registration agencies located throughout the state. View a complete listing of registration agents. Businesses that sell OHRV / Snowmobile registrations include sales and repair shops, sporting goods stores, country and general stores and some marinas. Registrations are also available at NH Fish and Game Headquarters in person, or by mail by downloading a print-and-mail application.

 

10-Day Temporary OHRV Registrations are available to non-residents only, May thru October for wheeled vehicles only; and available only at select agents.

 

Miscellaneous registrations such as Antiques, Dealers, Rentals, Trails Maintenance are only available at Fish and Game Headquarters.

 

An antique is defined as an ATV, snowmobile or trail bike manufactured prior to 1969 or is at least 25 years old. This permanent registration is only available to New Hampshire residents.

What do I need to register an OHRV / Snowmobile?

See the Registering Requirements webpage for registration requirements.

Do I need a driver’s license to operate an OHRV / Snowmobile?

All operators 12 years of age or older must possess either an OHRV / Snowmobile Safety Education Certificate or a valid driver's license to operate on or across a private or public way. You cannot operate any OHRV or snowmobile if your driver's license is under suspension or revocation in any state or Canadian Province. An OHRV / Snowmobile Safety Education Certificate does not override a motor vehicle license suspension.

Can a child legally operate an OHRV / Snowmobile?
Any operator under the age of 14 must be accompanied by a licensed adult over the age of 18. Any operator under the age of 12 cannot cross roads. Any operator 12 years of age and over must show proof of an approved safety education class or possess a valid motor vehicle driver's license. Any operator under the age of 18 cannot carry a passenger on a 3- or 4-wheel ATV. Any operator or passenger under the age of 18 must wear a helmet and eye protection; this includes while riding in utility terrain vehicles (UTVs).
How can I find out about OHRV / Snowmobile Safety Education courses?
Visit the course schedule web page. You can also call the NH Fish and Game Department in Concord, NH, at (603) 271-3129.
Where can I ride?
More than 6,900 miles of snowmobile trails are open in the winter to snowmobiles. Snowmobile trails are only open during the winter months unless written landowner permission is obtained. Roughly 1,200 miles of trails are open for summertime OHRV riding. You can only ride on trails designated and signed for your type of vehicle. Written landowner permission is required to operate on another person's property. The NH Bureau of Trails and the NH Snowmobile Association print statewide Snowmobile Trail maps. The NH Bureau of Trails prints statewide OHRV Trail maps. Local trail maps are printed and distributed by local clubs.
Can I ride on utility company rights of way?
A majority of land on which the utility companies operate are private property. The companies obtain easements for their purposes only. Written landowner permission from each individual landowner must be obtained if the trail is not specifically designated for OHRV or snowmobile use before you can operate your machine.
How far can I ride down a public road?
Operation is prohibited on public roads unless specifically permitted and posted for OHRV or snowmobile use. Examples of permitted uses are road crossings and trail connectors. In such areas the speed limit is 10 MPH, unless otherwise posted. OHRVs and snowmobiles must stay to the extreme right side of the public way; they cannot operate from trail head to trail head.
Is it illegal to operate while under the influence of alcohol and/or drugs?
Operating an OHRV or snowmobile while under the influence of alcohol and/or drugs is illegal and extremely dangerous. Nationwide, approximately 65% of OHRV / snowmobile fatal crashes involve an intoxicated operator. The same laws and penalties for operating motor vehicles while under the influence apply to OHRVs and snowmobiles to include implied consent, hefty fines, jail time and loss of driving privileges. The legal blood alcohol concentration limit for operating or attempting to operate an OHRV or snowmobile is the same as a motor vehicle, .08%.
Is my New Hampshire registration valid in other states?
Your New Hampshire snowmobile registration is valid in Vermont, but you must purchase a Non-Resident Trails Maintenance Assessment Pass and join the state association and local club. Some states and provinces require proof of insurance and payment of a trail use fee or club membership. When planning to ride in other states or provinces, call ahead for particulars and restrictions such as dates and available trails. View information on the Vermont-NH-Maine reciprocal snowmobile weekend.
Do I need to join a club to register my OHRV or snowmobile?

No. However local OHRV and snowmobile clubs are the backbone of the industry and work hard to promote a positive public image of their respective sports with landowners, state agencies, and the general public. Club membership allows for a reduced registration fee and supports the chosen club helping to create and maintain trails, conduct bridge repairs, and assist landowners who allow trails on their property. 80% of trails in New Hampshire are on private property. For those who choose not to join a club, the additional monies from the non-member registration fees go to the NH Bureau of Trails Grant-in-Aid Program, which distributes monies to clubs for trail maintenance and new projects.

 

The NH Fish and Game Department does not manage the club membership programs. For questions regarding clubs or memberships, please contact the respective association.


New Hampshire Snowmobile Association (NHSA): (603) 273-0220
New Hampshire Off Highway Vehicle Association (NHOHVA): (413) 200-8061

How can I find out about OHRV / snowmobile clubs, membership, events and activities?
The New Hampshire Snowmobile Association (NHSA) is the umbrella organization for affiliated independent snowmobile clubs in the state. Call (603) 273-0220 or visit nhsa.com for more information.

 

The New Hampshire Off Highway Vehicle Association (NHOHVA), is the umbrella organization for affiliated independent wheeled vehicle clubs in the state. Call (413) 200-8061 or visit nhohva.org.

 

Contacts with individual clubs may be obtained by contacting the Bureau of Trails.

How much of my OHRV / snowmobile registration fee stays with Fish and Game?
Only part of the OHRV and snowmobile registration revenue goes to the Fish and Game Department. Approximately 19% of the snowmobile registration monies and 35% of the wheeled vehicle registration monies stay at Fish and Game as dedicated funds used for the Registry Program, Snowmobile and OHRV Safety Education Program, and providing Law Enforcement for Snowmobile and Off Highway Recreational Vehicles. The NH Bureau of Trails at the NH Department of Natural and Cultural Resources receives a majority of the funds for operations and maintenance of the trails, as well as the Granit-in-Aid program.
How can I learn more about OHRV / snowmobile laws and registration fees?
Where can I find NH OHRV contacts and links?

Visit the OHRV / Snowmobile Contacts webpage.