The CAP/STEP initiative (2013 Wisconsin Act 142)
Changes coming in 2015: Snowmobile Registrations and Trail Passes – This is what the new changes mean to you. For additional information please review the CAP/STEP question and answer sheet.
• Effective July 1, 2015, snowmobile registration will cost $30/3 year from the current $30/2 year.
• All snowmobiles operating in WI will now be required to display a WI Trail Pass (purchased separately from snowmobile registration).
• Increases the non-resident trail pass fee from current $35/year to $50/year. Includes a 4-year sunset clause which requires re-evaluation (2019) by the legislature prior to renewal of the WI Trail Pass program.
• The annual (yearly) WI Trail Pass will be available to members who belong to both a snowmobile club and the Association of WI Snowmobile Clubs (AWSC) for $10 through the AWSC office in DeForest, WI.for each of your WI registered snowmobiles. Snowmobile owners who don’t hold membership in these groups will pay $30 for the required WI Trail Pass through the DNR. (So consider joining a local club)
• Your snowmobile club will be responsible for your AWSC membership which makes you eligible for the discounted WI Trail Pass.
• The WI Trail Pass is brand new in 2015 and is a separate item from your snowmobile registration.
• Non-residents may purchase a discounted trail pass if your snowmobile is registered in WI and you belong to a snowmobile club and the AWSC.
• Revenue generated from the sale of snowmobile registrations and WI Trail Passes will be deposited into the state snowmobile segregated fund, which is used to pay snowmobile clubs to maintain and develop the trails. WI trails are made possible by snowmobile club volunteers who provide the labor to brush, sign and groom the trails and the landowners who allow trails to cross their property.
Note: Additional changes will allow resident owners of snowmobiles 35 years old and older to register them as antiques.