Changes Coming at DMV
“DO NOT GO TO THE DMV OFFICE WITHOUT YOUR MEMBERSHIP VOUCHER.” If you walk into a DMV office to register your sled or mail in your registration you will need to submit your printed club voucher with your registration. DMV office’s are under new instructions and must take that voucher from you and attach the voucher to the material that is filed for your registration. The office is not supposed to register your sled without that piece of paper no matter how much you plead.
If you do an online membership it is recommended that you download your voucher and keep a copy of it in your computer where you can find it. If you do an online sled registration you will need the voucher number in the top right hand corner and you must enter it without any dashes into the DMV website. If you buy another sled or if you have multiple sleds to register using the mail or the DMV office you may print multiple copies of the voucher for your registration needs. If your club hands you a hand written voucher be sure to make a copy before you submit it to the DMV office if you are doing a walk in or mail in registration.
Next season 2014-15, you will need to submit a voucher that is printed from the membership website in order to do a walk in or mail in registration.
Why the change?
This past summer the NYS Comptroller’s Office issued a report on the management of the snowmobile registration program by the New York State Department of Motor Vehicles
( http://osc.state.ny.us/audits/allaudits/093013/11s54.htm). The report identified a number of instances when a discounted registration was provided without any documentation that the owner was a member of a snowmobile club.
While the report identified less than 1000 registrations that fell into this category DMV has no choice but to take corrective actions to fix the problem. DMV has stated that the “blank voucher” and self certification was involved in a disproportionate number of these transactions. Improperly issued discount registrations represent at a minimum $60,000 loss of revenue to the clubs and to the Trail Development and Maintenance Fund.
DMV has told the association that we must audit the club membership list against the DMV discounted registration list. Those discounted registrations which do not match club membership records must be reported to DMV for follow-up review.
I am sure that these changes will be an inconvenience for some of our members who rely on the on blank vouchers. While this is the case for some, there is no alternative to what DMV is telling us must be done.
If you have problems producing your voucher please call “membership” at 888-624-3849 or drop an e-mail to