Recreational Vehicles

Boats, ATVs, off-road utility vehicles, off-road motorcycles, and snowmobiles are registered and titled in the Recorder’s Office in the county in which you reside.

Registration & Sale Forms

Boat Registration

Registration and renewal of boats are done in the Recorder’s Office. Boat registrations must be renewed every three years and are transferable. These can be acquired starting January 1st of the new registration cycle and are valid for three years. All Iowa registrations expire on April 30th of the renewal year. Boat registrations can be renewed from January 1 through April 30, 2022 without penalty for 2025 decals.

A signed registration and title (if titled) is required to transfer a boat registered in Iowa. A Bill of Sale, registration, and title (if titled) is required to transfer a boat that is registered in another state. Casual sales of boats are subject to Iowa Sales Tax. A receipt, bill of sale, or satisfactory evidence must be presented that sales tax was paid.

If renewing by mail, you will need to add $1.00 per item requested for postage.

Title/Lien Fees 

  • Boat Title: $13.50
  • Boat Lien: $13.50

Helpful Resources

ATV, ORV, ORM and Snowmobile Registration

Registrations for ATVs, ORVs, ORMs, and Snowmobiles are on an annual cycle and expire on December 31 of every year. Registrations are renewed from September 1 through December 31 of every year without a penalty and are non-transferable. All Off-Highway Vehicles and Snowmobiles have titles. The current cost of a renewal is $18.50.

Snowmobiles are required to have a $18.50 user permit when riding on public land, public ice, and designated snowmobile trails in addition to the registration decal.

If renewing by mail, you will need to add $1.00 per item requested for postage.

Proof of Insurance is required for snowmobiles.

A signed Iowa title and bill of sale (registration) is required to transfer an OHV or Snowmobile. A signed title (if applicable), registration and a bill of sale are required for out-of-state machines transferring into Iowa. Casual sales of OHVs and Snowmobiles are subject to Iowa Sales Tax. A receipt, bill of sale, or satisfactory evidence must be presented that sales tax was paid.

Helpful Iowa DNR Resources

Senate File 2423-An Act relating to snowmobile registrations & nonresident user permits

Online Renewals

Recreational vehicle and boat registration renewals may be paid online. Visit our renewal page for more information. 

Renew Registration Online

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