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Time To Register Your Boat

Okoboji Docks-300Des Moines, Iowa — It’s time to register your boat if you haven’t done so already. Iowans have until April 30th to register their boat, using a new system that has a new look and includes registration information, title and decals on one document.

Boat owners should take their current registration with them when they renew as the new system requires additional information, much of which is on the current registration including make, model, model year, hull identification number, boat length, width and more.

Boat registrations are handled by Iowa’s county recorders in the county where the individual resides. Nonresidents who register their boat in Iowa will go to the county where the boat is primarily used.

Owners who purchased a boat from a private seller and are registering it in their name should bring the signed registration and make sure the title is signed over to them, if applicable.

“Our recorders are familiar with the new system so the registration process should go smoothly, provided owners bring their current registration with them,” said Susan Stocker, boating law administrator and education coordinator for the Iowa Department of Natural Resources.

Boat registrations are good for three years. The fees go to support water trails, navigation enforcement, aquatic invasive species, boater education and safety, and for the new registration system.

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