What the law says
Under Section 18 of the Act respecting Off-highway vehicles, all snowmobile operators must be at least 16 years of age. In addition, 16 and 17 year old drivers must have a certificate of competency showing that they have the skills to operate a snowmobile in addition to holding a driver's licence.
The Fédération des clubs de motoneigistes du Québec has mandated the ConduiPro driving schools group to dispense this information and issue a certificate of competence to those candidates that have successfully completed the theoretical training course.
For additional information, please visit the ConduiPro Web site or call 1-877-766-3443.
Attention ! In such instances where the snowmobile trail crosses a public roadway or utilises a road right-of-way, the operator must be the holder of a licence authorizing him under the Highway Safety Code to drive a road vehicle on such a roadway, regardless of his/her age. In addition to an automobile licence, the following permits are also authorized:
Mopeds or scooters (class 6D)
Probationary licence (class 5)
Tractor (class 8)
NB : The learner’s licence is to be used under the same conditions as those that apply for its use on a roadway for motorcycles. In other words, the permit holder must be accompanied by another snowmobile whose operator possesses, since at least 48 months, a valid automobile or motorcycle licence.
For non-Quebec residents
Operators aged 16 and 17 years old must possess proof that they are legally entitled to operate an off-highway vehicle in their home jurisdiction in addition to holding a driver's licence. Please note that even in instances when the home state or province allows legal operation of a snowmobile to individuals aged below 16 years of age, driving a snowmobile in Quebec for anyone under 16 is strictly prohibited.
What you need before you leave
- Your FCMQ trail permit
- Your vehicle registration
- Your driver's licence
- Proof of $1 000,000 liability insurance coverage
- A rental contract (if the snowmobile is rented)
- 16 and 17 year old drivers must have a certificate of competency showing that they have the skills to operate a snowmobile in addition to holding a driver's licence (V-1.3).