Special Vehicles in Iowa
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Iowa Special Vehicles
Iowa law requires that residents legally register all vehicles they intend to operate within the state. DMV.org provides automobile registration information and more in our Registration & Titling section.
However, Iowa's registration rules are slightly different for other types of vehicles.
The Iowa Department of Natural Resources states that all all-terrain vehicles (ATVs) must be legally registered unless the vehicle meets one or more of the following criteria:
- The ATV is used for farming or other agricultural purposes.
- The ATV is owned and used by the United States government or a political subdivision of another state.
Fees and Forms
To register your ATV, you must complete an application at the nearest county recorder's office.
The fee for registering your ATV is $17.75.
The fee to receive a title for a newly purchased ATV is $11.50. All ATVs must be titled in your county of residence within 30 days of purchase from a private party and 45 days from a dealer.
Trailers can be registered at your nearest county treasurer's office. However, a bumper hitch farm trailer does not require a valid registration in Iowa.
Registration fees for trailers are based on the class and size of the trailer.
Iowa's chilly winter weather makes the state a popular spot for snowmobile enthusiasts. However, Iowa residents need to make sure their snowmobiles are correctly registered.
Fees and Forms
In Iowa, snowmobile registrations are supervised by the Iowa Department of Natural Resources. To register your snowmobile, you'll need to fill out a short application at the nearest county recorder's office.
The registration fee is $17.75, but you'll need to contact the recorder's office directly to ask about acceptable payment methods.
The fee to receive a title for a newly purchased snowmobile is $11.50. All snowmobiles must be titled in your county of residence within 30 days of purchase from a private party.
Motorcycles should be registered at your nearest county treasurer's office, but the exact process to follow will depend upon how you acquired your vehicle.
For additional information about your motorcycle registration, you may contact the Iowa Motor Vehicle Information Center at (800) 532-1121 or visit our Motorcycle Registration section.
Motorhomes can be registered at your nearest county treasurer's office. The registration fee will depend upon the class of the vehicle, which is determined by its value.
If you wish to register a fold-out camper, you'll need to pay per square foot, as determined by the outside dimensions of the vehicle.
For more information, visit our RV & Motorhome Registration section.
According to Iowa state law, a vehicle classed as a moped, or motorized bicycle, can have a maximum speed of 30 MPH on level ground.
In addition to registering your moped, you'll need a permit or IA driver's license to operate it. Requirements differ depending on your age:
- 14 to 15 years old: Moped permit AND rider education course.
- 16 to 17 years old: Moped permit OR intermediate license.
- 18 years old and over: Moped permit OR driver's license.
Contact your local Iowa county treasurer's office for information about registering scooters that are operated while standing, as registration requirements vary.
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