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Iowa Boat Registration / Title Forms and FAQ

Iowa Frequently Asked Questions

Iowa Registration and Title Information
Summary of boat registration and titling rules in Iowa
How do you register a boat in Iowa?
In Iowa, you can register your boat in person
Where do you register your boat in Iowa?
In Iowa, you register your boat at the DNR
What boats are required to be registered in Iowa?
The following boats are required to be registered in Iowa: All motorboat & sailboats, canoes & kayaks 13 ft or greater, Inflatable vessels 7 ft or greater
What boats do not require registration in Iowa?
The following boats are not required to be registered in Iowa: Canoes & kayaks less than 13 ft & have no motor or sail; Inflatable vessels 7ft or less
Are USCG documented boats required to be registered in Iowa?
USCG documented boats are required to be registered in Iowa
How much does it cost to register a boat in Iowa?
To register a boat in Iowa, the fees are based on length of boat and when in the three year registration cycle you process the registration. To see a complete list of fees, please go to the Iowa Department of Natural Resources Boat Registration Guide.
How much does it cost to get a duplicate boat registration in Iowa?
A duplicate boat registration in Iowa costs $3.75
How much does it cost to get a duplicate boat decal in Iowa?
A duplicate boat decal in Iowa costs $3.75
How much does it cost to transfer a boat registration in Iowa?
Transfering a boat registration in Iowa will cost you $1
Does Iowa title boats?
Boats are titled in Iowa
Where do you title your boat in Iowa?
In Iowa, boats are titled through the DNR
What boats are required to be titled in Iowa?
Boats 17 ft or longer are required to be titled in Iowa
What boats do not require a title in Iowa?
Kayaks, canoes, & inflatables are exempt from being titled in Iowa
How much does it cost to title a boat in Iowa?
It costs $11.50 to title a boat in Iowa
How much does it cost to get a duplicate boat title in Iowa?
A duplicate boat title in Iowa costs $11.5
How much does it cost to transfer a boat title in Iowa?
It will cost you $11.50 to transfer a boat title in Iowa
How much does it cost to record a lien on a boat in Iowa?
Recording a lien in Iowa will cost you $11.5
Does Iowa issue e-titles for boats?
Iowa does not issue e-titles for boats.
Does Iowa require boat inspections?
If the owner claims the boat has never been registered, we require the owner to fill out a form of "Affidavit of Unregistered/Untitled" & a LE Officer will inspect the boat in Iowa
What is the sales tax rate for boats in Iowa?
Sales tax rate on boats varies between 6% or 7% in Iowa. Iowa has 99 different Counties that register vessels
Does Iowa have an annual tax on boats?
Iowa does not have an annual tax on boats.
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