Trail Passes

 

REMINDER:  Trail passes are nonrefundable after the sale date.  They are mailed to the customer the day after the sale is complete on Go Wild.  Therefore they can only be voided same day of sale.  Make sure to verify the purchase with the customer before they leave. 

 

SNOWMOBILE TRAIL PASSES

All snowmobiles operating on a Wisconsin snowmobile trail or corridor (except antique sleds with a model year of 35 years or more)​ must display a valid snowmobile trail pass whether registered in Wisconsin or another state.  It is seperate from snowmobile registration.

Trail Pass fees are dependent upon if the snowmobile is registered in Wisconsin or another state. Customers need their Wisconsin registration number for a Wisconsin Trail Pass, or the make and model for a nonresident snowmobile trail pass.

  • Wisconsin snowmobile trail pass - for snowmobiles registered in Wisconsin.
  • Nonresident snowmobile trail pass - for snowmobiles registered in another state, province or country.
  • Wisconsin snowmobile trail pass for club members – FOR A SNOWMOBILE REGISTERED IN WISCONSIN AND OWNED BY A PERSON WHO IS BOTH A MEMBER OF A SNOWMOBILE CLUB AND A MEMBER OF AWSC.  CUSTOMERS MUST ORDER THROUGH AWSC.ORG OR CALL 800-232-4108.

All passes will be shipped by US Mail within 2 business days. A temporary trail use receipt is issued to operate legally on snowmobile trails.

ATV TRAIL PASSES

ATV Trail passes are only required for nonresidents who wish to operate their ATV or UTV on Wisconsin trails.  Nonresidents must acquire either a valid Wisconsin registration or a Nonresident Trail Pass.

  • Nonresident Annual ATV or UTV Trail Pass - An annual trail pass for nonresidents.  The pass expires on March 31 of each year.  A temporary operating receipt allows the customer to operate immediately. The trail pass decal will arrive in the mail in approximately two weeks.
  • Nonresident 5-Day ATV or UTV Trail Pass - A temporary (5 Day) trail pass for nonresidents.  The customer must indicate the start of the 5 day period at time of purchase.  The customer is able to immediately begin riding on day one of their 5 day period, and will need to carry this document while on the trails. There is no decal or sticker that is mailed when purchasing the 5-Day ATV or UTV Trail Pass.

OHM TRAIL PASSES

OHM Trail passes are only required for nonresidents who wish to operate their OHM on Wisconsin trails.  Nonresidents must acquire either a valid Wisconsin registration or a Nonresident OHM Trail Pass.

  • Nonresident Annual OHM Trail Pass - An annual trail pass for nonresidents.  The pass expires on March 31 of each year.  A temporary operating receipt allows the customer to operate immediately. The trail pass decal will arrive in the mail in approximately two weeks.
  • Nonresident 5-Day OHM Trail Pass - A temporary (5 Day) trail pass for nonresidents.  The customer must indicate the start of the 5 day period at time of purchase.  The customer is able to immediately begin riding on day one of their 5 day period, and will need to carry this document while on the trails. There is no decal or sticker that is mailed when purchasing the 5-Day Pass.


 

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

Q:  Are there any exemptions for the snowmobile trail pass requirements?

A:  1) a snowmobile owned by the U.S., another state or political subdivision thereof if the owner's name is displayed on the cowling.  2) a snowmobile that is present in this state for a period not to exceed 15 days provided it is used exclusively as part of an advertisement being used for the manufacturer of the snowmobile. 3) a snowmobile 35 years or older displaying valid Wisconsin antique registration.  4) a snowmobile only driven on private property or frozen water that is not on a marked corridor.

Q:  When does a snowmobile trail pass expire?

A:  An annual snowmobile trail pass is valid until June 30 each year. 

Q:  When does an ATV/UTV trail pass expire? 

A:  An annual ATV/UTV trail pass is valid until March 31 each year.  (There is also a 5-Day trail pass that will list the expiration date on the pass).

Q:  When does an OHM trail pass expire? 

A:  An annual ATV/UTV trail pass is valid until March 31 each year.  (There is also a 5-Day trail pass that will list the expiration date on the pass).

Q:  How soon can the customer operate their machine on trails? 

A:  You will print a temporary operating receipt for the customer which is valid to operate immediately until the trail sticker is delivered via US Mail. 

Q:  Can I sell a trail pass in the same transaction as a customer's license? 

A.  Yes.  A trail pass may also be sold from the customer's account.  It will show up in the product list under the Parks & Trails list.

Q:  Can a person get a snowmobile trail pass for a new sled that does not yet have a registration number assigned? 

A:  Not at an agent location.  In order to purchase a trail pass for a snowmobile, the machine must be registered with a registration number assigned.  Customers have the option to go online at gowild.wi.gov to register their sled and receive a registration number and trail pass immediately.  Alternative:  For new sleds purchased from a dealer, the dealer can add a trail pass to their paper registration application.  The customer may then carry that application as a temporary operating receipt which covers both the registrations and the trail pass requirement.