PennDOT, DCNR partnership means faster snowmobile, ATV renewals

State Department of Transportation Secretary Barry J. Schoch and Department of Conservation and Natural Resources Acting Secretary Ellen Ferretti have announced that customers will receive their ATV and snowmobile vehicle registration renewals two to four weeks faster through a new interagency partnership.

Beginning July 1, PennDOT’s state-of-the-art processing and mailing technology is processing DCNR’s renewals for consumer snowmobiles, ATVs and dealer registrations, with customers receiving products within two weeks. Applicants still will mail applications to DCNR, but they will be opened, processed and fulfilled by PennDOT.

“This is a prime example of our efforts through Next Generation to modernize our operations and reduce overlaps in service with other agencies,” Schoch said.

“With DCNR using PennDOT’s existing resources, the process will still be invisible to our customers, but their tax dollars will be paying for a more efficient process,” he added.

Previously, registration quarterly renewals were issued and received by DCNR. Upon receiving the registration they were manually processed by staff, generally allowing for a four- to six-week processing time before ATV and snowmobile owners would receive their updated registration.

“By merging these services, the new renewal registration process will improve efficiency and allow DCNR to better utilize staff and resources to focus on core functions of the agency,” Ferretti said.

“Partnering with PennDOT by using its automated equipment provides a processing time that will be a much shorter turnaround period for the almost 260,000 registered ATV owners and 37,370 registered snowmobile owners across the state.”

To learn more about PennDOT’s Next Generation initiative, visit