TITLE XVIII
FISH AND GAME

CHAPTER 215-C
SNOWMOBILES

Section 215-C:39

    215-C:39 Registration Fees. –
The fees to be collected under this chapter are as follows:

[Paragraph I effective until May 1, 2023; see also paragraph set out below.]


I. Individual resident registration- $122 for each snowmobile registration upon presentation of a valid driver's license issued to a New Hampshire resident 18 years of age or older. An individual resident registering a snowmobile who provides proof, at the time of registration, that the individual is a member of an organized New Hampshire nonprofit snowmobile club which is a member of the New Hampshire Snowmobile Association shall pay $92 for each snowmobile.
(a) The first $82.30 for each snowmobile registration registered by an individual who does not, at the time of registration, provide proof of membership in an organized New Hampshire nonprofit snowmobile club, or $52.30 of each snowmobile registration registered by an individual who provides proof of membership in a snowmobile club as provided for in paragraph I of this section, shall be appropriated to the department of natural and cultural resources for the bureau's grant-in-aid program pursuant to paragraph VII.
(b) From the balance, $21.70 from each snowmobile registration shall be appropriated to the department of natural and cultural resources for administration of the bureau for the purposes listed in paragraph VIII, and $18 from each snowmobile registration shall be appropriated to the department of fish and game for the purposes listed in paragraph IX.

[Paragraph I effective May 1, 2023; see also paragraph I set out above.]


I. Individual resident registration-$143 for each snowmobile registration upon presentation of a valid driver's license issued to a New Hampshire resident 18 years of age or older. An individual resident registering a snowmobile who provides proof, at the time of registration, that the individual is a member of an organized New Hampshire nonprofit snowmobile club which is a member of the New Hampshire Snowmobile Association shall pay $113 for each snowmobile.
(a) The first $103.30 for each snowmobile registration registered by an individual who does not, at the time of registration, provide proof of membership in an organized New Hampshire nonprofit snowmobile club, or $73.30 of each snowmobile registration registered by an individual who provides proof of membership in a snowmobile club as provided for in paragraph I of this section, shall be appropriated to the department of natural and cultural resources for the bureau's grant-in-aid program pursuant to paragraph VII.
(b) From the balance, $21.70 from each snowmobile registration shall be appropriated to the department of natural and cultural resources for administration of the bureau for the purposes listed in paragraph VIII, and $18 from each snowmobile registration shall be appropriated to the department of fish and game for the purposes listed in paragraph IX.

[Paragraph II effective until May 1, 2023; see also paragraph II set out below.]


II. Antique snowmobile permanent registration- $122 for each registration upon presentation of a valid driver's license issued to a person 18 years of age or older. From each fee collected pursuant to this paragraph:
(a) The first $82.30 shall be appropriated to the department of natural and cultural resources for administration of the bureau's grant-in-aid program pursuant to paragraph VII.
(b) From the balance, $21.70 shall be appropriated to the department of natural and cultural resources for administration of the bureau for the purposes listed in paragraph VIII, and $18 shall be appropriated to the department of fish and game for the purposes listed in paragraph IX.
(c) Individuals registering an antique snowmobile, regardless of residency, shall pay a one-time registration fee pursuant to this paragraph.

[Paragraph II effective May 1, 2023; see also paragraph II set out above.]


II. Antique snowmobile permanent registration-$143 for each registration upon presentation of a valid driver's license issued to a person 18 years of age or older. From each fee collected pursuant to this paragraph:
(a) The first $93 shall be appropriated to the department of natural and cultural resources for administration of the bureau's grant-in-aid program pursuant to paragraph VII.
(b) From the balance, $25 shall be appropriated to the department of natural and cultural resources for administration of the bureau for the purposes listed in paragraph VIII, and $25 shall be appropriated to the department of fish and game for the purposes listed in paragraph IX.
(c) Individuals registering an antique snowmobile, regardless of residency, shall pay a one-time registration fee pursuant to this paragraph.

[Paragraph III effective until May 1, 2023; see also paragraph III set out below.]


III. Individual nonresident registration- $142 for each snowmobile registration. An individual nonresident registering a snowmobile who provides proof, at the time of registration, that the individual is a member of an organized New Hampshire nonprofit snowmobile club which is a member of the New Hampshire Snowmobile Association, shall pay $112 for each snowmobile.
(a) The first $99 of each snowmobile registration registered by an individual who does not, at the time of registration, provide proof of membership in an organized New Hampshire nonprofit snowmobile club, or $69 of each snowmobile registration registered by an individual who provides proof, at the time of registration, of membership as provided for in paragraph III of this section shall be appropriated to the department of natural and cultural resources for the bureau's grant-in-aid program pursuant to paragraph VII.
(b) From the balance, $23 from each snowmobile registration shall be appropriated to the department of natural and cultural resources for administration of the bureau for the purposes listed in paragraph VIII, and $20 from each snowmobile registration shall be appropriated to the department of fish and game for the purposes listed in paragraph IX.

[Paragraph III effective May 1, 2023; see also paragraph III set out above.]


III. Individual nonresident registration-$153 for each snowmobile registration. An individual nonresident registering a snowmobile who provides proof, at the time of registration, that the individual is a member of an organized New Hampshire nonprofit snowmobile club which is a member of the New Hampshire Snowmobile Association, shall pay $123 for each snowmobile.
(a) The first $107.20 of each snowmobile registration registered by an individual who does not, at the time of registration, provide proof of membership in an organized New Hampshire nonprofit snowmobile club, or $77.20 of each snowmobile registration registered by an individual who provides proof, at the time of registration, of membership as provided for in paragraph III of this section shall be appropriated to the department of natural and cultural resources for the bureau's grant-in-aid program pursuant to paragraph VII.
(b) From the balance, $23.50 from each snowmobile registration shall be appropriated to the department of natural and cultural resources for administration of the bureau for the purposes listed in paragraph VIII, and $22.30 from each snowmobile registration shall be appropriated to the department of fish and game for the purposes listed in paragraph IX.
IV. Dealer registration- $75 for each plate.
(a) The first $35 shall be appropriated to the department of natural and cultural resources for administration of the bureau's grant-in-aid program pursuant to paragraph VII.
(b) From the balance, $20 shall be appropriated to the department of natural and cultural resources for administration of the bureau for the purposes listed in paragraph VIII, and $20 shall be appropriated to the department of fish and game for the purposes listed in paragraph IX.
V. Rental agency registration- $243 for each set of decals.
(a) The first $143 shall be appropriated to the department of natural and cultural resources for administration of the bureau's grant-in-aid program pursuant to paragraph VII.
(b) From the balance, $50 shall be appropriated to the department of natural and cultural resources for administration of the bureau for the purposes listed in paragraph VIII, and $50 shall be appropriated to the department of fish and game for the purposes listed in paragraph IX.
VI. Registration after transfer as provided in RSA 215-C:37-$17.50.
(a) The first $10.50 shall be appropriated to the department of natural and cultural resources for administration of the bureau's grant-in-aid program pursuant to paragraph VII.
(b) From the balance, $3.50 shall be appropriated to the department of natural and cultural resources for administration of the bureau for the purposes listed in paragraph VIII, and $3.50 shall be appropriated to the department of fish and game for the purposes listed in paragraph IX.
VII. (a) Any funds appropriated to the department of natural and cultural resources for the bureau's grant-in-aid program shall be kept in a separate account and shall not be used for any other purpose. The corresponding registration fee moneys allocated to the bureau's grant-in-aid program under paragraphs I and III shall be deposited in the account. Moneys in the account may only be used for grant-in-aid projects that benefit the ridership of snowmobiles. Any unexpended balance in said account shall not lapse, but shall be carried forward to the next fiscal year. All funds shall be used for trail maintenance, construction, and the purchase of grant-in-aid equipment.
(b)(1) Grants-in-aid shall be granted to snowmobile clubs and political subdivisions for the purchase of equipment and the construction and maintenance of public use snowmobile trails and facilities. The bureau shall make grants on such terms as it deems necessary and shall determine what trails and facilities shall be eligible. Notwithstanding the provisions of this subparagraph, a landowner who grants permission for a grant-in-aid trail to be located on his or her property shall retain the right to establish the inclusive dates during which snowmobile operation shall be permitted. Use of trails on private land shall extend only to the specific type of snowmobile and OHRV permitted by the landowner.
(2) Structures, including but not limited to bridges and culverts built or installed using grant-in-aid funds, shall remain the property of the grant-in-aid program, through the bureau of trails, for a period of not less than 7 years. In the event a trail on private lands is closed to public snowmobile use, the state, through the bureau of trails, may remove the structure from private lands within 180 days of notification of trail closure.
(c) All revenue appropriated in this paragraph shall be in addition to any other funds appropriated to the grant-in-aid program of the bureau of trails. Such revenue is hereby continually appropriated to the department of natural and cultural resources for the purposes of this paragraph.
VIII. Funds appropriated to the department of natural and cultural resources for administration of the bureau shall be used for the following purposes:
(a) Publications.
(b) Trail maintenance and acquisition.
(c) Land purchases, easements, rights-of-way, and new construction of trails.
(d) Snowmobile facilities.
(e) Such other purposes as may be budgeted within the limits of the funds available. Any unexpended balance in said accounts shall not lapse, but shall be carried forward to the next fiscal year.
IX. Any funds appropriated to the fish and game department shall be used for the following purposes:
(a) Enforcement of the provisions of RSA 215-C and RSA 215-A.
(b) Establishment of snowmobile training programs. At the discretion of the director, snowmobile training programs may be combined with OHRV training programs.
(c) Law enforcement under this chapter, which shall be the responsibility of the executive director.
(d) Snowmobile registration.
(e) Such other purposes as may be budgeted within the limitation of the funds available. Any unexpended balance in said accounts shall not lapse, but shall be carried forward to the next fiscal year.
X. Any excess registration fees collected and not expended shall be nonlapsing and shall be retained by the snowmobile and OHRV program for future use. In each year of the biennium, the excess fees collected may be expended by the fish and game department and the department of natural and cultural resources in the same proportion as described in this section with prior approval of the fiscal committee and the governor and council.
XI. Notwithstanding the provisions of paragraph X, there shall be paid to the executive director, in addition to the fees required by this section, an additional fee of $1 for each registration required by this section. The additional fee shall be paid into the fish and game search and rescue fund established under RSA 206:42.
XII. Notwithstanding any other provision of this section, $6.70 for each set of plates for snowmobile trails maintenance vehicles. No other fees shall be collected under this chapter for the registration of such vehicles. Any such funds collected shall be appropriated to the department of fish and game for the costs of administration of snowmobile trails maintenance vehicles.

Source. 2005, 210:1. 2006, 123:1. 2009, 258:2, eff. July 1, 2010. 2017, 156:14, I, eff. July 1, 2017. 2019, 241:8, eff. May 1, 2020; 241:9, eff. May 1, 2023.