In Minnesota, the process for transferring a snowmobile title involves completing a transfer of ownership form and submitting it to the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR) along with the current certificate of title. Since you don't have the title, you will need to apply for a duplicate title.
To apply for a duplicate title, you will need to complete a duplicate title application form and submit it to the DNR along with the required fee. The application form is available on the Minnesota DNR website, and the fee is typically around $22.
To complete the application, you will need to provide information about the snowmobile, including the make, model, and serial number. Since you don't have the previous owner's information, you can provide as much information about the purchase as possible, such as the date, location, and any other information you can recall.
Once you have received the duplicate title, you can then complete the transfer of ownership process by submitting the transfer of ownership form to the DNR, along with the duplicate title and any other required documents or fees.
It's important to note that while operating a snowmobile without a valid registration or title is illegal in Minnesota, the state does offer a grace period for new owners to transfer the title. However, this grace period only applies to the original owner, and since you purchased the snowmobile four years ago, it is unlikely that you would be eligible for this grace period.
Therefore, it's best to complete the transfer of ownership process as soon as possible to avoid any potential legal issues. Good luck!