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Bill Detail: SB24-056

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Title Out-of-State Snowmobile Permit & Search Rescue Fee
Status Governor Signed (04/11/2024)
Bill Subjects
  • Natural Resources & Environment
House Sponsors M. Snyder (D)
R. Weinberg (R)
Senate Sponsors P. Will (R)
N. Hinrichsen (D)
House Committee Transportation, Housing and Local Government
Senate Committee Transportation and Energy
Date Introduced 01/17/2024

Current law requires a snowmobile owner to register the
snowmobile, but exempts snowmobiles that are used only on private
property for private, noncommercial use. The bill expands the exemption
to cover all use on private property, regardless of whether the snowmobile
is used commercially.
In current law, the snowmobile recreation fund is used to, among
other things, establish and maintain snowmobile trails and related
facilities. A resident of Colorado who uses a snowmobile on publicly
owned land must register the snowmobile and pay a fee, which is
deposited in the snowmobile recreation fund. The bill repeals a $5 per
registration cap on the amount of the fee that can be used for
The bill creates an out-of-state snowmobile permit that an owner
or operator of an out-of-state snowmobile must obtain and display to
drive the snowmobile on publicly owned land. To get the permit, the
owner must pay a fee in an amount set by the parks and wildlife
Exceptions are created for snowmobiles:
  • Owned by governments;
  • Operated in an organized event authorized by the
government with jurisdiction over the land on which the
snowmobile is operated; and
  • Operated on publicly owned land for nonrecreational
The fine for a violation is $100. Permits are valid for one year
from April 1 to March 31 and are issued by agents of the director of the
division of parks and wildlife.
Current law creates a search and rescue program that pays for
backcountry search and rescue operations. Snowmobile and off-highway
vehicle registrations require the payment of a search and rescue fee,
which entitles the payer of the fee to be covered by the program. The bill
adds the search and rescue fee to out-of-state snowmobile permits and
off-highway use permits.

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