Iowans will be registering about 235,000 boats between now and April 30, using a new system that has a new look and includes registration information, title and decals on one document.
Boat owners should bring their current registration when they renew as the new system requires additional information, much of which is on the current registration including make, model, model year, hull identification number, boat length, width and more.
Boat registrations are handled by Iowa's county recorders in the county where the individual resides. Nonresidents who register their boat in Iowa will go to the county where the boat is primarily used.
Owners who purchased a boat from a private seller and is registering it in their name should bring the signed registration and to make sure the title is signed over to them, if applicable.
"Our recorders are familiar with the new system so the registration process should go smoothly, provided owners bring their current registration with them," said Susan Stocker, boating law administrator and education coordinator for the Iowa Department of Natural Resources.
Boat registrations are good for three years. The fees go to support water trails, navigation enforcement, aquatic invasive species, boater education and safety and for the new registration system.