After January 1, 1970, no person shall operate, and no owner shall give permission for the operation of any snowmobile within this state unless the operation of the snowmobile complies with sub. (3) (a) (intro.)
or (5) (cm)
or is exempt from registration. No political subdivision shall have authority to register or license snowmobiles.
A snowmobile is exempt from registration if it is one of the following:
Owned by the United States, another state or a political subdivision thereof, but such snowmobiles shall display the name of the owner on the cowling thereof.
Covered by a valid registration in another state, province or country, provided there is some identification of registration displayed on the snowmobile and it has not been in this state for more than 15 consecutive days.
Covered by a valid registration of a federally recognized American Indian tribe or band, if all of the following apply:
The registration program of the tribe or band is covered by an agreement under s. 23.35
The snowmobile displays the registration decal required by the tribe or band.
The snowmobile has not been, for more than 15 consecutive days, in that portion of this state that is outside the boundaries of the reservation where it is registered.
In the registration application process in another state, province or country, if proof of the application for registration is carried on the operator and the snowmobile has not been in this state for more than 15 consecutive days.
Used exclusively for racing on a raceway facility.
(3) Applications, issuances, renewals, fees. 350.12(3)(a)(a)
Except as provided under subs. (2)
and (5) (cm)
, no person may operate and no owner may give permission for the operation of any snowmobile within this state unless the snowmobile is registered for public use or private use under this paragraph or as an antique under par. (b)
and has the registration decals displayed as required by sub. (5)
or unless the snowmobile has a reflectorized plate attached as required under par. (c) 3.
A snowmobile that is not registered as an antique under par. (b)
may be registered for public use. A snowmobile that is not registered as an antique under par. (b)
and that is used exclusively on private property, as defined under s. 23.33 (1) (n)
, may be registered for private use. A snowmobile public-use registration certificate is valid for 2 years beginning the July 1 prior to the date of application if registration is made prior to April 1 and beginning the July 1 subsequent to the date of application if registration is made after April 1 and ending on June 30, 2 years thereafter. A snowmobile private-use registration certificate is valid from the date of issuance until ownership of the snowmobile is transferred. The fee for the issuance or renewal of a public-use registration certificate is $20 except the fee is $5 if it is a snowmobile owned and operated by a political subdivision of this state. There is no fee for the issuance of a private-use registration certificate or for the issuance of a registration certificate to the state.
Upon transfer of ownership of a snowmobile for which a registration certificate has been issued, the seller shall, at time of sale, deliver the assigned certificate to the purchaser.
The purchaser shall complete the application for transfer and cause it to be mailed or delivered to the department within 10 days from the date of purchase. A fee of $5 shall be paid for transfer of a current registration certificate.
Whenever a snowmobile is junked, the owner shall return the certificate of registration to the department marked "junked".
Any person who is a resident of this state and the owner of a snowmobile which has a model year of 1966 or earlier may, upon application, register the snowmobile as an antique snowmobile. Upon payment of a fee of $20, the applicant shall be furnished a registration certificate and decals of a distinctive design, in lieu of the design on the decals issued under par. (d)
. The design shall show that the snowmobile is an antique. The registration shall be valid without payment of any additional registration fee while the snowmobile is owned by the applicant. Unless inconsistent with this paragraph, the provisions of this chapter applicable to other snowmobiles shall apply to antique snowmobiles.
Every person who is a snowmobile manufacturer, snowmobile dealer, snowmobile distributor or snowmobile renter or any combination thereof engaged in business in this state shall register with the department and obtain from the department a commercial snowmobile certificate.
The fee for issuing or renewing a commercial snowmobile certificate is $60. Upon receipt of the application form required by the department and the fee required under this subdivision, the department shall issue to the applicant a commercial snowmobile certificate and 3 reflectorized plates. The fee for additional reflectorized plates is $20 per plate.
A person who is required to obtain a commercial snowmobile certificate under subd. 1.
shall attach in a clearly visible place a reflectorized plate to any snowmobile that is not registered for public use and that the person leases, rents, offers for sale or otherwise allows to be used whenever the snowmobile is being operated.
The period of validity for a commercial snowmobile certificate is 2 years, to be calculated in the same manner as is the period of validity for a public-use registration certificate under par. (a)
Upon receipt of the required fee, a sales tax report, payment of sales and use taxes due under s. 77.61 (1)
and an application on forms prescribed by it, the department shall issue to the applicant a registration certificate stating the registration number, the name and address of the owner, and other information the department deems necessary. The department shall issue 2 registration decals per snowmobile owned by an individual owner, this state or a political subdivision of this state. The decals shall be no larger than 3 inches in height and 6 inches in width. The decals shall contain reference to the state, the department, whether the snowmobile is registered for public use or private use under par. (a)
, or as an antique under par. (b)
, and shall show the expiration date of the registration.
If a commercial snowmobile certificate, registration certificate, registration decal or reflectorized plate is lost or destroyed, the holder of the certificate, decal or plate may apply for a duplicate on forms provided for by the department accompanied by a fee of $5. Upon receipt of a proper application and the required fee, the department shall issue a duplicate certificate, decal or plate to the applicant.
(3g) Registration of certain snowmobiles. 350.12(3g)(a)(a)
Registration certificates issued to persons under s. 350.12 (3) (c) (intro.)
, 1989 stats., before August 15, 1991, shall remain valid until their expiration dates.
A snowmobile put into use by a snowmobile renter before August 15, 1991, shall be subject to the requirements that are applicable under s. 350.12 (3) (c) (intro.)
, 1989 stats., s. 350.12 (3) (d)
, 1989 stats., s. 350.12 (3) (dm)
, 1989 stats., and s. 350.12 (5) (b)
, 1989 stats., and is exempt from the requirement under sub. (3) (c) 3.
until the expiration date of the snowmobile registration.
Deposited in the conservation fund.
All moneys collected under this section shall be deposited in the conservation fund and credited to the snowmobile account established under s. 25.29 (1m)
On July 1 of each even-numbered year, the department shall estimate as accurately as possible the total registration receipts for a 2-year period and adjust the estimate periodically to reflect actual receipts.
The costs incurred by coroners or medical examiners in the submission of reports and blood specimens and by laboratories in the analysis of blood specimens under s. 350.155
The cost of a snowmobile safety and accident reporting program in the sum of $80,000 annually;
An amount necessary to pay the cost of law enforcement aids to counties as appropriated under s. 20.370 (5) (es)
. On or before June 1, a county shall file with the department on forms prescribed by the department a detailed statement of the costs incurred by the county in the enforcement of this chapter during the preceding May 1 to April 30. The department shall audit the statements and determine the county's net costs for enforcement of this chapter. The department shall compute the state aids on the basis of 100% of these net costs and shall pay these aids on or before October 1. If the state aids payable to counties exceed the moneys available for such purpose, the department shall prorate the payments.
Enforcement aids to department.
Beginning with fiscal year 1993-94, of the amounts appropriated under s. 20.370 (3) (aq)
, the department shall allocate $26,000 in each fiscal year to be used exclusively for the purchase of snowmobiles or trailers to carry snowmobiles, or both, to be used in state law enforcement efforts.
Trail aids and related costs.
The moneys appropriated under s. 20.370 (1) (mq)
and (5) (cr)
shall be used for development and maintenance, the cooperative snowmobile sign program, major reconstruction or rehabilitation to improve bridges on existing approved trails, trail rehabilitation, signing of snowmobile routes, and state snowmobile trails and areas and distributed as follows:
State aids and funds for maintenance costs shall be 100% of the actual cost of maintaining the trail per year up to a $200 per mile per year maximum, except as provided in pars. (bg)
. Qualifying trails are trails approved by the board as snowmobile trails. State aid for development may equal 100% of development expenses. Aids for major reconstruction or rehabilitation projects to improve bridges may equal 100% of eligible costs. Aids for trail rehabilitation may equal 100% of eligible costs. Development shall begin the same year the land is acquired. Moneys available for development shall be distributed on a 100% grant basis, 75% at the time of approval but no later than January 1 and 25% upon completion of the project. A county application may include a request for development, rehabilitation or maintenance of trails, or any combination thereof. Trail routes, sizes and specifications shall be prescribed only by the board.
Not more than $15,000 annually for a cooperative sign program with snowmobile clubs for club snowmobile trails open to the public and meeting minimum trail construction standards. Clubs may apply to the department for free signs on forms prescribed by the department and submit required documentation as prescribed by departmental rule on or before April 15 of each year.
Not more than $30,000 for a route signing program of aids to cities, villages, towns or counties of up to 100% of the cost of initial signing of snowmobile routes which connect authorized trails or which offer entrance to or exit from trails leading to such municipalities. Aid may be provided under this subdivision to cities, villages, towns and counties for up to 100% of the cost of placing signs developed under s. 350.108 (1) (b)
which briefly explain the intoxicated snowmobiling law along snowmobile routes. Applications and documentation shall be submitted to the department by April 15 of each year on forms prescribed by departmental rule.
For the maintenance, rehabilitation and development of snowmobile trails and areas on state lands and for major rehabilitation of snowmobile bridges, 100% of the actual cost for development and rehabilitation and 100% of the actual cost of maintaining the trails per year up to the per mile per year maximum specified under subd. 1.
Qualifying trails are those approved by the board. Trail routes, sizes and specifications shall be prescribed only by the board.
The acquisition of interests in land by lease, easement, permit, or other agreement if the term of the acquisition is for a period of 3 years or longer.
In addition to paying for trail maintenance costs, payments received for maintenance under par. (b) 1.
, par. (bg)
may be used for any of the following:
The acquisition of interests in land, by lease, easement, permit or other agreement if the term of the acquisition is for a period of less than 3 years.
Supplemental trail aid payments.
Of the moneys appropriated under s. 20.370 (5) (cs)
, the department shall make available in fiscal year 1992-93 and each fiscal year thereafter an amount equal to the amount calculated under s. 25.29 (1) (d) 2.
to make payments to the department or a county under par. (bm)
for trail maintenance costs incurred in the previous fiscal year that exceed the maximum specified under par. (b) 1.
before expending any of the amount for the other purposes specified in par. (b)
Supplemental trail aid payments; eligibility.
A county or the department shall be eligible for payments under par. (bg)
if it applies for the aid and if all of the following apply:
The actual cost incurred by the department or the county in maintaining its trails that are qualified under par. (b) 1.
in the previous fiscal year exceeds the maximum of $200 per mile per year under par. (b) 1.
Of the actual cost incurred by the department or the county in maintaining its trails that are qualified under par. (b) 1.
for the fiscal year applicable under subd. 1.
, the actual cost incurred in grooming the trails exceeds a maximum of $130 per mile per year.
Supplemental trail aid payments; insufficient funding.
If the aid that is payable to counties and to the department under par. (bm)
exceeds the moneys available under par. (bg)
, the department may prorate the payments or may request the joint committee on finance to take action under s. 13.101
. The requirement of a finding of emergency under s. 13.101 (3) (a) 1.
does not apply to such a request.
Any moneys appropriated under s. 20.370 (1) (mq)
, (3) (aq)
, (5) (mw)
or (8) (dq)
that lapse at the end of the fiscal year or that lapse after the end of the fiscal year because of the liquidation of an encumbrance shall revert to the snowmobile account in the conservation fund.
(5) Registration decals to be displayed. 350.12(5)(a)(a)
The owner of the snowmobile shall attach the registration decals to the snowmobile in a prominent place, and shall maintain the registration decals in a legible condition at all times. Decals shall be not larger than 3 inches in height and 6 inches in width. Registration decals are to be applied on both sides of the cowling of the snowmobile.
The registration certificate or, for owners who purchased a snowmobile and who have received an approved application for registration receipt validated by the department but who have not yet received the registration certificate, the approved application for registration receipt shall be in the possession of the user of the snowmobile at all times.
The registration certificate or, for owners who purchased a snowmobile and who have received an approved application for registration receipt validated by the department but who have not yet received the registration certificate, the approved application for registration receipt shall be exhibited, upon demand, by the user of the snowmobile for inspection by any person authorized to enforce this section as provided under s. 350.17 (1)
A person may operate a snowmobile without having the registration decals displayed as provided under par. (a)
if the owner has received an approved application for registration receipt validated by the department and if the user of the snowmobile complies with pars. (b)
At the end of the registration period the department shall send the owner of each snowmobile a 2-part renewal application. The owner shall complete and sign one portion of the renewal application and return that portion and the proper fee to the department. The owner shall complete and sign the other portion of the renewal application. The owner shall destroy this portion of the renewal application upon receipt of the registration certificate and decals.
This subsection does not apply to any snowmobile to which a reflectorized plate is attached as required under sub. (3) (c) 3.
(6) Change of address.
Whenever the owner of a registered snowmobile changes his or her address, the owner shall within 15 days thereafter notify the department in writing of the new address and of the registration numbers awarded to the owner. At the same time the owner shall endorse the new address on the owner's registration certificates.
(7) Sales and use taxes.
The department shall collect sales and use taxes due under s. 77.61 (1)
on any snowmobile registered under this section and the report in respect to those taxes. The department shall use collection and accounting methods approved by the department of revenue.
History: 1971 c. 211
; 1973 c. 298
; 1975 c. 39
; 1975 c. 224
; 1977 c. 29
; 1979 c. 32
; 1979 c. 34
, 2102 (39) (a)
; 1979 c. 221
; 1981 c. 20
; 1983 a. 27
, 2202 (38)
; 1983 a. 36
; 1985 a. 29
s. 3202 (39)
; 1985 a. 68
; 1985 a. 332
; 1987 a. 27
; 1989 a. 31
; 1991 a. 39
; 1993 a. 16
; 1995 a. 27
Completion of application for registration by snowmobile dealers. 350.125(1)(a)(a)
When a snowmobile dealer sells a snowmobile the dealer, at the time of sale, shall require the buyer to complete an application for a registration certificate, collect the required fee and mail the application and fee to the department no later than 5 days after the date of sale. The department shall provide combination application and receipt forms and the dealer shall furnish the buyer with a completed receipt showing that application for registration has been made. This completed receipt shall be in the possession of the user of the snowmobile until the registration certificate is received. No snowmobile dealer may charge an additional fee to the buyer for performing the service required under this subsection.
When a snowmobile dealer sells a snowmobile to a person from another state who wishes to register that machine in his or her home state, the dealer shall, at the time of sale, complete an application for a registration certificate and indicate on the application that the machine is to be registered in another state and mail one copy to the department no later than 14 days after the date of sale, furnish the buyer with one copy and retain one copy for the dealer's records.
Every dealer shall maintain, for one year, a record in the form prescribed by the department for each new snowmobile sold. These records shall be open to inspection by the department.
Uniform trail signs and standards.
The department of natural resources in cooperation with the department of transportation, after public hearing, shall promulgate rules to establish uniform trail and route signs and standards relating to operation thereon as authorized by law. The authority in charge of the maintenance of the highway may place signs on highways under its jurisdiction where authorized snowmobile trails cross. These signs must be of a type approved by the department of natural resources and the department of transportation.
Interferences with uniform trail signs and standards prohibited. 350.135(1)
No person may intentionally remove, damage, deface, move or obstruct any uniform snowmobile trail sign or standard or intentionally interfere with the effective operation of any uniform snowmobile trail sign or standards if the sign or standard is legally placed by the state, any municipality or any authorized individual. This subsection does not apply to an authorized individual who removes or moves any uniform snowmobile trail sign or standard from his or her own property.
No person may possess any uniform snowmobile trail sign or standard of the type established by the department for the warning, instruction or information of the public, unless he or she obtained the uniform snowmobile trail sign or standard in a lawful manner. Possession of a uniform snowmobile trail sign or standard creates a rebuttable presumption of illegal possession.
History: 1981 c. 295
; 1993 a. 119
Uniform snowmobile rail crossing standards. 350.137(1)(1)
The department, after having consulted with the snowmobile recreational council, shall promulgate rules to establish uniform maintenance standards and uniform design and construction standards for snowmobile rail crossings under ss. 350.138
The maintenance standards shall include requirements for the marking of snowmobile rail crossings and for the maintenance of adequate drainage of railroad rights-of-way. The design and construction standards shall include a list and a description of the frequency and speed of trains and the types of railroad tracks, embankments, ditches, snowmobile trail alignments and other configurations that do any of the following:
Preclude the use of a proposed site for a snowmobile rail crossing because the site would be unsafe due to poor visibility of the proposed snowmobile rail crossing from the cab of a railroad engine.
Make it difficult to construct a snowmobile rail crossing at a proposed site because of steep embankments or irregular terrain near the railroad track.
No rule may be promulgated under this section without the approval of the rule by the public service commission.
History: 1993 a. 120
Snowmobile rail crossings requiring permits. 350.138(1)(b)
"Rail authority" means a rail transit body or a railroad corporation.
"Rail transit body" means any transit or transportation commission or authority or public corporation established by law or by interstate compact to provide rail service.