Snowmobile safety training required for youth, young adults

The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR) reminds riders that everyone born after Dec. 31, 1976 must have a snowmobile safety certificate or a snowmobile safety certificate indicator on their driverís license or Minnesota ID card to operate a snowmobile in the state.

To become certified in snowmobile safety, students must pass a Minnesota snowmobile safety training course, said Lt. Dave Olsen, DNR Enforcement. There are courses for youth and adults.

The youth snowmobile safety course is available to youth ages 11 and older. The course is at least eight hours long and is taught by DNR-certified volunteer instructors. The course teaches the basics of safe and responsible snowmobiling, including operating procedures, machine maintenance, rules and regulations, accident prevention, outdoor survival, environmental awareness and a code of ethics. Students must pass a written test and a riding performance test. Fees for the class are usually $5 to $10.

Adult snowmobile safety training is an independent study course on CD. The course is available to people 16 and older. It includes a written test and send-in certification form. A fee covers costs of materials and certification.

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