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In 1975 the Supreme Court ruled that snow­mo­biles are mo­tor ve­hi­cles

In 1976, 20,000 snow­mo­biles were reg­is­tered with noth­ing com­ing back to the sport of snow­mo­bil­ing; leg­is­la­tion was passed in 1977 giv­ing $2 of ev­ery $6 reg­is­tra­tion to help se­cure trail signs, leases and groom­ing and the North Dakota Parks and Recre­ation Depart­ment would man­age the funds

In 1981, the reg­is­tra­tion in­creased from $6 to $8

In 1983, a bill passed al­low­ing youth with safety cer­ti­fi­ca­tions to ride with any per­son 16 or over with a valid driv­ers li­cense

In 1987, state law re­quired any­one un­der the age of 18 to wear a hel­met and the money col­lected from the youth snow­mo­bile safety classes would be dis­trib­uted to the state snow­mo­bile fund

Af­ter many years, the gas tax bill passed in 1989 al­low­ing the gas tax mul­ti­plied by the num­ber of reg­is­tered sleds times 30 gal­lons would be dis­trib­uted to the state snow­mo­bile fund an­nu­ally; this is why it’s so cru­cial to reg­is­ter snow­mo­bil­ers dur­ing the first six months of the re­newal pe­riod to en­sure this money is col­lected

A leg­isla­tive ride was held on Jan­uary 4, 1991 at Lake Metigoshe on the Peace Gar­den trail; the event was well at­tended and leg­is­la­tors were im­pressed with the qual­ity of the trails

In 1997, liability in­sur­ance be­came a re­quire­ment for snow­mo­biles on the state snow­mo­bile trails

In 2001, snow­mo­biles op­er­at­ing within a right-of-way may cross an in­ter­state high­way on an over­pass or un­der­pass, ex­cept where oth­er­wise pro­hib­ited by law or sign­ing

In 2003, the snow­mo­bile reg­is­tra­tion fee was in­creased from $20 to $40 ev­ery two years; the $15 an­nual non-res­i­dent snow­mo­bile per­mit also passed

In 2005, the youth snow­mo­bile cer­ti­fi­ca­tion law was changed; the new law re­quires any­one 12 years of age or older with­out a valid driver’s li­cense to take the snow­mo­bile safety course

In 2009, snow­mo­bile trails lo­cated in right-of-ways (ditches) were deemed two-way trails; be­fore this snow­mo­bil­ers in sev­eral trail sys­tems were be­ing tick­eted for op­er­at­ing their ma­chine against traf­fic on the high­way

In 2009, a $5 safety fee was in­ducted into the state Cen­tury Code; this re­quired North Dakota deal­ers to col­lect $5 on ev­ery sale of a used or new snow­mo­bile and funds en­hanced the states snow­mo­bile safety ed­u­ca­tion pro­gram

The snow­mo­bile def­i­ni­tion changed in 2013 re­quir­ing the ma­chine to weigh no more than 1,200 pounds and a max­i­mum width of 48 inches

2000 In­ter­na­tional Snow­mo­bile Congress ND Rep­re­sen­ta­tives North Dakota rep­re­sen­ta­tives at the 2008 In­ter­na­tional Snow­mo­bile Congress in Boise, ID

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