Iowa boat registration summary is a free resource designed to inform the boating public about registration requirements, recording methods, and title search guidelines for the State of Iowa. The data is maintained as an open wiki forum where readers are encouraged to participate by sharing knowledge and experiences with this particular state. Simply click on the "Wiki-Share" link to contribute further details or suggest a revision.
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|Boat Registration Agency||State of Iowa
Department of Natural Resources
Boat Registration Web Site
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|Boat Registration Overview||Boat registration and titling in the State of Iowa is administered
through the Department of Natural Resources in Des Moines. Outboard motors are not
titled or registered in Iowa. Boat trailer
registration is required in Iowa. Titling is required on boat
trailers weighing over 2,000 lbs.
|Marking Requirements||Boat registration numbers in Iowa begin with an "IA" designation which is followed
by four numbers and then two letters. These must be displayed on all non-documented
boats along with registration sticker tabs. Coast Guard documented vessels may not
display the state registration numbers. However they must display the state
registration tabs, an owner designated vessel name, and a hailing port. An official
documentation number must also be affixed to a visible interior location in the hull
itself or an integral part of the hull.
All boats must be registered except for inflatable vessels that are 7 feet or less in length
and canoes or kayaks that are 13 feet or less in length.
Coast Guard documented vessels are also subject to registration.
|Ownership and Liens||Security interests in non-documented boats are recorded with the
Department of Natural Resources. These will be shown on both the
and title when applicable. All titles with active security interests are sent directly
to the secured party. A UCC financing statement must be filed if the boat is neither
titled or documented. Tax liens are sometimes flagged in the state's registration
database or perhaps recorded as Uniform Commercial Code filings. There are no provisions for recording mechanic's
liens or other non-secured claims against registered boats which are not documented.
Boat registration records in Iowa are administered by the Department of Natural
Resources. This agency does not facilitate online searches for the general public.
However, they will check their records by telephone for a hull identification number
or verify a registration certificate if you have it in hand. Upon request, the DNR
will also fax, mail, or email a print-out at no charge. This can be ordered by
telephone or by submitting a boat record request form. If the boat is neither titled
or documented a Uniform Commercial Code search must be performed to identify any
Boat Record Request
Public Record Vendors
Business Entity Search
Vessel Documentation Companies
|Wiki Contributors||Iowa Department of Natural Resources|
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