Quick and easy access to recreational privileges in Iowa, including hunting, fishing, and specialty licenses:
Purchase Your Licenses Online
Buy your Hunting and Fishing license online today! We offer multi-year packages and combos for whatever you need to stay licensed.
Support conservation in Iowa by buying a natural resource plate for your vehicle.
Make your online reservation for state park cabins, camping sites and lodges.
Iowa DNR Customer Service
Mon - Fri, 8:00am - 4:30pm CST
Submit Online Inquiry
Information / Records Requests
Contact Information by County
If you are purchasing a used boat, snowmobile or ATV, it’s important to understand the process for transferring title and registration.
Iowa law requires seller(s) to provide the following to the buyer(s) at the time of purchase
Does my vessel/vehicle have a title?
You can call the Iowa Department of Natural Resources, your local County Recorder or your local DNR Officer to check to make sure that the vehicle/vessel that you are trying to purchase has no open liens and that the vehicle/vessel has not been reported stolen. You might also check to make sure the person selling it to you is the owner and has authority to sell it. If the vehicle/vessel is being sold at auction, a web-site or even a garage sale, the proper paperwork is still required before it can be registered.
Other things to watch for or ask for:
Your insurance company is also a good source of reference. They should be able to inform you if the vehicle/vessel has ever had a claim or been reported stolen. You can also check to see if there are any insurance requirements.
Iowa law requires transfer of ownership within 30 days. There is NO grace period. A penalty, as well as a citation could be issued if this is not done.
Buying a used vessel/vehicle from one of the many dealers which are licensed through the Iowa Department of Natural Resources can help alleviate many potential problems, because they know legal requirements.
By taking some simple precautions and doing a bit of research, buyers can prevent problems, meet their legal responsibilities, and ride those waves or hit that trail sooner.
Remember, it isn’t fun till the paperwork is done!
Have a boat, snowmobile, ATV, or ORV that you don't have a registration for and you can't get a hold of the seller to get it?
Instructions for Bonding Boats, Snowmobile, ATVs and ORVs
Please contact us:
Affidavit for Unregistered or Untitled (Form #542-8074)
Affidavit of Sale to Satisfy Artisan's/Storage/Landlord's Lien (Form #542-0977)
Application for Boats, Snowmobiles, ATVs and ORVs (Form #542-8067)
Hull Identification Number (HIN) Affidavit (Form #542-2000)
Power of Attorney
Final Checklist for Bond Application