Erie County Clerk Michael P. Kearns reminds snowmobilers to register their sleds and trailers “locally” – directly through the Erie County Auto Bureau.
“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,” Kearns said.
Appointments are no longer required, but encouraged, and can be made at erie.gov/clerk/autobureau or by calling the clerk’s outreach hotline at 716-858-8864. Same- or next-day appointments are currently available at all branches.
To renew a snowmobile registration, riders need to complete and mail in their renewal notice, a photocopy of the 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) affiliate.
Mail all documents to: Erie County Clerk’s Office, 92 Franklin St., Suite 1, Buffalo, NY 14202 – including a check, made payable to “Erie County Clerk.” Upon receipt of renewal request, snowmobile registration will be mailed back within 10 business days. To renew in person, schedule an appointment and bring in all required documents to the auto bureau in order to receive a sled registration.
Members of a snowmobile club will receive a discounted snowmobile registration for $45. Non-members will pay the full registration cost of $100.
Snowmobilers can contact NYSSA at nysnowmobiler.com for information on joining local clubs and to obtain a 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 the state and is maintained by over 200 clubs.
The Erie County Federation of Snowmobile Clubs set the official open date for all trails in Erie County as Jan. 2, 2023 – pending sufficient snow cover and conditions. Riders can check with their local clubs to ensure trails have been opened, and to obtain the latest information on snowmobiling safety courses.
Kearns’ office said, “For the wellbeing of riders and others, remember to stay on designated or signed trails only.”
Any riders who require a registration renewal form or a “Renew Local” envelope can request one by email at [email protected] 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 erie.gov/clerk/autobureau.