Registering ATVs, Off-Road Motorcycles, Off-Road Utility Vehicles and Snowmobiles Changes Sept 4
Posted: 08/28/2012
The registration renewal period for off-highway vehicles (OHVs) begins Sept. 4 for the 2013 calendar year and will be the first year using the Iowa Department of Natural Resources’ new electronic registrations system.

The new system combines records from the 99 county recorder offices, the previous electronic registration system, and historical registration data into one database that will allow vendors to issue titles and assign liens in addition to customer registrations and registration renewals.  

Registration renewals during this phase in will require customers to go to their county recorder’s office. Customers should bring their most recently issued registration, vehicle make, model, and model year; vehicle identification number (VIN); color of vehicle; number of wheels; and title information to make the conversion as easy as possible.

Customer vehicle records have been loaded into the new system but each record must be converted at the county recorder office. 

“There are two notable changes in the registration process. The first is registrations can only be done during the county recorder’s normal business hours and the second is the vehicle must be entered into the new system by a county recorder, before it is eligible for renewal, transfer, or having a duplicate title issued,” said Rhonda Fowler, ATV and snowmobile education coordinator for the Iowa Department of Natural Resources. 

“During this first year with the new system, customers should allow extra time for their renewal while records are being transitioned,” Fowler said.

There are plans to add license sales agents willing to offer OHV registrations in the future.

USER PERMITS REQUIRED FOR ATVS, OFF-ROAD MOTORCYCLES, OFF-ROAD UTILITY VEHICLES AND SNOWMOBILES
Certain off-highway vehicles operating on designated routes, designated riding areas, and public ice are now required to display a current DNR user permit in addition to a valid registration decal.  The new requirement began on July 1.

Snowmobiles registered in Iowa must display a current DNR user permit in addition to a valid registration decal.  ATVs, ORMs and ORVs registered in Iowa must display a valid registration decal, but are not required to display a current DNR user permit.

Snowmobiles, ATVs, ORMs, and ORVs not registered in Iowa must display their current registration decal and a current Iowa DNR user permit.

The effective date for a DNR user permit has been changed from calendar year to a registration cycle.  Permits purchased after Sept. 1 will be effective until Dec. 31, 2013.

DNR user permits can be purchased at county recorder offices and wherever hunting and fishing licenses are sold. User permits cost $17.75 if purchased from a county recorder and $17.50 if purchased from other license sales locations.