You Must Be Licensed to Snowmobile Legally on Ontario Trails

To drive a snowmobile in Ontario, an operator must have either a valid Driver's Licence or a Snowmobile Operator's permit. Along with a valid Driver's Licence or a Snowmobile Operator's permit, evidence of insurance and snowmobile ownership must accompany each driver while operating a snowmobile. The snowmobile must display a six-digit registration number and display a valid validation sticker. As per the Motorized Snow Vehicle Act of Ontario.

 The Legal Minimum age to operate a snowmobile is 12. Anyone 12 years and older who does not have a Driver's Licence, must graduate from the O.F.S.C Driver Training Course to receive a Snowmobile Operator's Permit. The course is also recommended for novice riders of all ages, regardless of whether or not they already have a Driver's Licence.

After all, the operation of a snowmobile requires special skills and awareness unique to riding on snow and ice.

This six hour, classroom style course has been authorized by the Ministry of Transportation of Ontario (MTO) for the past 21 years. Driver Training is offered throughout the province through local O.F.S.C snowmobile clubs. At the end of each course, the students who pass the prerequisite exam with a mark of 80% or higher, qualify for a Snowmobile Operator's Permit.

Courses are offered at various times and locations throughout the autumn and winter. Please call your local O.F.S.C club for dates, times, and registration. The Driver Training fee is $30.00.

Upon graduation and after obtaining an O.F.S.C Trail Permit, students age 12 to 16 may operate a snowmobile on O.F.S.C Trails, but are not permitted to drive the snowmobile along or across public roads.

For Liability reasons, the O.F.S.C Driver Training Course does not include hands -on instruction, so it is recommended that new graduates be accompanied by an experienced snowmobiler during their initiation period.

Snowmobilers in Ontario are subject to the rules of the, Motorized Snow Vehicle Act of Ontario. Driving infractions may result in fines and/or incarceration for criminal code violations such as drinking and driving. The Comprehensive Road Safety Act requires for periods of a driver's licence suspension for those convicted of driving-related Criminal Code offences, and increased fines and sanctions, including vehicle impoundment, for those who continue to drive while suspended.

The S.T.O.P. Volunteers collaborated with the O.F.S.C. Driver trainers here in Sudbury, this collaborative delivered a strong safety message to the young snowmobilers. During the training class a S.T.O.P. Volunteer would present a 30/45 minute safety lecture. This interactive safety presentation was well received by the students and trainers. This venue gave us an opportunity to reach the future young snowmobilers directly. In addition to promoting a friendship between the future snowmobilers and enforcement officers. Each of the future young snowmobilers were taught, why the snowmobile laws are strictly enforced and discovered that just like the O.F.S.C. Driver trainers, that the S.T.O.P. Officers are also volunteers and both groups are just trying to make the sport of snowmobiling safer, for everyone to enjoy.

Remember, snowmobiles are not toys. Serious riding requires serious training, and the best place to start is with O.F.S.C Driver Training.