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Renewal Period for Snowmobile Registrations Starts September 1, 2014

All newly owned machines or machines which have not been renewed in the recreational vehicle and vessel registration system
(RVVRS) must be registered through the County Recorder’s Office in the owner’s county of residence.

Renewals can be done at any County Recorder’s Office (you only need to provide the IA number assigned to your snowmobile through RVVRS).  Snowmobiles which have been entered into RVVRS can also be renewed by U.S. Postal Service fulfillment through the Iowa DNR Online License and Registration Sales Site. You will need to provide your DNR customer number which is printed on your vehicle registration. You will also be able to purchase Iowa Resident User Permits. To access this site, go to online system

Iowa DNR User Permits
Both resident and nonresident user permits are available at County Recorder’s Offices and any license agent that sells hunting and
fishing licenses.

Iowa Snowmobile Rules and Regulations

Snowmobile Guide 2014

Join the Snowmobile List Serve

To receive information from the IDNR Snowmobile Program, join the program's list serve:

Special Event Permits

The Iowa DNR is authorized to approve a club or individual to hold an organized special events (an organized race, exhibition, or demonstration of limited duration which is conducted according to a prearranged schedule and in which general public interest is manifested) within the state if the event is scheduled to be held on public land or public ice. The DNR shall designate the equipment and facilities necessary for the safe operation of vehicles and for the safety of operators, participants, and observers.

Residents participating in a special event must display a current registration on their vehicles. Nonresidents must display a valid, Iowa nonresident user permit on their vehicles.

At least 30 days before the scheduled date of a special event, an application must be filed with the DNR using the Special Events web-based application found at

For more information, contact the Snowmobile Program Manager ( or call 515-238-3564.


Special Events Calendar

When individuals and groups want to use public land and water for events, they must apply for use of that resource through the Iowa Department of Natural Resources.  These events are compiled by the Special Events System and are displayed on a calendar of events.  These events can be searched by type, location, and date. 

To find events which may be of interest to you, please go to

Our Mission:
To provide sustainable, responsible recreation opportunities for owners of registered snowmobiles.