Snowmobiling in Iowa
Renewal Period for Registrations [Sept 1 - Dec 31]

The renewal period for snowmobile registrations without penalty is September 1st through December 31st, annually.


Be sure to register your snowmobile, annually.
All newly owned machines, or machines not yet entered into the recreational vehicle and vessel registration system (RVVRS), must be registered through the County Recorder’s Office in the owner’s county of residence.

To register you will need:

Snowmobiles which have been entered into RVVRS may be renewed through the Iowa DNR Online License and Registration site. You will need to provide your DNR customer number, which is printed on your vehicle registration.


Ready to hit the trail?
Both resident and nonresident user permits are available at County Recorder’s Office and any license agent that sells hunting and fishing licenses. For those listed within the RVVRS system you may also purchase Iowa Resident User Permits via our the Iowa DNR Online License and Registration site.


Additional Snowmobile Information
+ Operator Incident Report
+ Special Events Permitting
+ Groomer Workshops
+ Snowmobile Trail Grant Program
Rules and Regulations
Snowmobile Education

Snowmobile riders in the state of Iowa who are ages 12 through 17 are required to have taken, and passed, a snowmobile education course and have an education certificate in their possession when riding on public land, public ice, and designated snowmobile trails, if these areas are signed open to snowmobile use.

This regulation applies to both resident and nonresident riders.

Snowmobile Safety