Latest News – November 27

New Snowmobile Regulations Effective January 1

While most winter sports enthusiasts are glad to see more snow arrive in Leadville Today, the Colorado Parks & Wildlife (CPW) Division will be keeping an eye on whether or not snowmobile and other off-highway vehicle (OHV) users will be complying with a new regulation effective January 1, 2017.

Leadville Today Contributor Brennan Ruegg catches some good speed at Turquoise Lake during a day of winter fun near Leadville in 2014. Photo: White Mountain Snowmobile Tours.

Leadville Today Contributor Brennan Ruegg catches some good speed at Turquoise Lake during a day of winter fun near Leadville in 2014. Photo: White Mountain Snowmobile Tours.

In short, regulations now state that a registration applicant must provide acceptable proof of ownership for a boat, snowmobile or other off-highway vehicle. Of course, no word on how this will be enforced with local snowmobile companies and other users of the Leadville Winter Trails, but here are the details outlined by the CPW, who has contributed generously to local trail development and maintainence (SEE STORY).

Effective January 1, 2017, registrations for snowmobiles will need to be presented in the form of one of the following:

  • Bill of sale* that includes both the seller and buyer’s printed names and signatures, the vessel/vehicle identification number (if any), the vessel/vehicle make, model and year (if known), and the date of the sale. 
  • Previous registration certificate issued by a governmental entity that lists the applicant as registered owner.
  • Manufacturers Certificate of Origin (MCO)/Manufacturer Statement of Origin (MSO).
  • Certificate of Title; Any court issued document proving ownership; A collection of personal property by affidavit form pursuant to 15-12-1201, C.R.S.
  • A physical inspection form completed by a CPW agent *An acceptable private party to private party Bill of Sale Template can be downloaded here for your use. ohv-permit

Who Needs to Register:

  • All OHVs owned and operated in Colorado (including motor vehicles and motorcycles that are not licensed for public road access) must display current Colorado OHV registration stickers when in a person’s possession in an OHV staging area or operated on designated OHV trails or routes in Colorado.
  • All out of state OHVs (including OHVs that display an out of state OHV registration) must also display a current Colorado OHV use permit sticker when operated on designated OHV trails or routes in Colorado.

Colorado OHV Permit requirements:

  • All OHVs and motor vehicles (including motorcycles) that display a valid Colorado or out-of -state license plate must also display a current Colorado OHV use permit sticker when operated on designated OHV trails in Colorado.
  • All out of state OHVs (including OHVs that display an out of state OHV registration) must also display a current Colorado OHV use permit sticker when operated on designated OHV trails or routes in Colorado.

How to Register:

To register your OHV in your name for the first time, complete the OHV Registration Form and return it, along with your proof of ownership, to:

Colorado Parks and Wildlife – Registration Unit
13787 South Highway 85
Littleton, CO 80125
303-791-1920 

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