Pennsylvania agencies to speed ATV, snowmobile registration renewals

Publish Date: 
Jul 10, 2013

HARRISBURG, Pa. – ATV and snowmobile owners in Pennsylvania will be able to receive their registration renewals documents two to four weeks faster through a new interagency partnership.

Starting this month, PennDOT's state-of-the-art processing and mailing technology is processing Department of Conservation and Natural Resources (DCNR)'s renewals for consumer snowmobiles, ATVs and dealer registrations; customers should receive them within two weeks. Applicants will still 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," PennDOT Secretary Barry 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."

Previously, quarterly registration renewals were issued and received by DCNR. Upon receiving the registration they were manually processed by staff -- and that generally meant a four- to six-week processing time before vehicle 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," Ellen Ferretti, acting DCNR secretary, 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

Posted by Holly Wagner