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Snowmobile Season

Erie County Clerk Michael P. Kearns wants to remind snowmobilers to register their sleds “locally” through the Erie County Auto Bureau and not conduct their renewal online with the New York State Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV). This is an effort to keep as much as $1.5 million in vital revenues right here in Erie County.  Riders can renew by mail or in-person at any Erie County Auto Bureau. Appointments can be made easily at or by calling the Clerk’s Outreach Hotline at 716-858-8864. Same or next appointments are currently available at all branches.

To renew your snowmobile registration riders need to complete and mail in their renewal notice, a photocopy of existing snowmobile registration, and a copy of the registrant’s New York State driver license. Snowmobile club members need to also include proof of membership in a New York State Snowmobile Association (NYSSA) snowmobile club. Mail all documents to: Erie County Clerk’s Office, 92 Franklin Street-Suite 1, Buffalo, NY 14202 including a check, made payable to “Erie County Clerk”. Your snowmobile registration will be mailed back to you within 10 business days upon receipt of renewal request. To renew in person, schedule an appointment, and bring in all required documents to the Auto Bureau in order to receive your sled’s registration.

Due to the DEC Holiday Hunt Season, the Erie County Federation of Snowmobile Clubs have set the official open date as January 2, 2022 for all trails in Erie County, pending sufficient snow cover and conditions. Riders are encouraged to check with their local clubs to ensure trails have been opened and to obtain the latest information on snowmobiling safety courses. For the wellbeing of riders and others, remember to stay on designated or signed trails only.

Members of a snowmobile club will receive a discounted snowmobile registration for $45.00. Non-members will pay the full registration cost of $100. Snowmobilers are encouraged to contact the NYSSA at for information on joining local clubs and to obtain your registration voucher. All but $10 of each registration fee goes to the Snowmobile Trail Development and Maintenance Fund, which supports 10,500 miles of public snowmobile trails across New York State.

Any riders who require a registration renewal form or a “Renew Local” envelope can request one by email at or by calling the Clerk’s Outreach Hotline at 716-858-8864. Additional snowmobile and trailer registration information and forms can also be obtained online at