All Iowa boat registrations expire in 2022, and Iowans will be registering about 215,000 boats before April 30.
Boat registrations are handled by Iowa’s county recorders. Owners may bring their current registration to any recorder’s office when they renew. Nonresidents who register their boat in Iowa will go to the county where the boat is primarily used.
Boat registrations are good for three years. Only boats displaying a current registration are allowed to operate on Iowa waters. Registration fees go to support water trails, navigation enforcement, aquatic invasive species, boater education and safety, and the registration system.