Snowmobilers

The Recorder's Office is responsible for registering all Snowmobiles, ATVs, Boats and Personal Watercraft (PWC).

Recreational Vehicles

 

Purchasing ATVs & Snowmobiles

New or Used From a Dealer

If you purchase a new or used snowmobile or ATV from a dealer, then the registration is to be completed by the dealer.

Sale Between Private Parties (Previously Registered)

Iowa Registered:

  • Registration does NOT need to be current to transfer ownership but a $5 penalty may apply (see Used Vehicle Fees chart)
  • Registration receipt or screen print from an Iowa County Recorders office
  • Title signed by seller*
  • Bill of Sale signed by seller listing purchase price. Sales Tax will be collected on the purchase price.
  • Application for Registration (obtained at local County Recorder’s office)

* If the Title has a notation regarding a lien, the lien MUST be released by the County Recorder listed on the title.

Registered Out of State:

  • Need Registration and/or Title from previous state signed by seller
  • Bill of Sale signed by seller listing purchase price. Sales Tax will be collected on the purchase price.
  • Application for Registration (obtained at local County Recorder’s office)

Never Registered in Any State

Contact the Crawford County Recorder or the Iowa Department of Natural Resources at 1-515-281-5918 for instructions.

New Vehicle Fees

Between Jan 1st thru Dec 31st , to end of current year:
$16.75 + Title and/or Lien Fees

Between Sept 1st thru Dec 31st , to end of following year:
$21.75 + Title and/or Lien Fees

Sales tax will be collected on purchase price.

  • Title Fees: $11.50
  • Lien Fees: $11.50

Used Vehicle Fees

Current Registration:
Same as new fees listed above

Expired Registration:
Between Jan 1st thru Dec 31st, to end of current year: $21.75
($5.00 penalty*, $16.75 registration fee) +Title and/or Lien Fees

Between Sept 1 thru Dec 31st to end of following year: $26.75
($5.00 penalty*, $21.75 registration fee) + Title and/or Lien Fees

Sales Tax will be collected on purchase price.

  • Title Fees: $11.50
  • Lien Fees: $11.50

*A used vehicle in possession of a Snow/ATV dealer when registration expired will NOT pay the $5.00 penalty fee.

Disclaimer: The information contained herein is subject to change by the Iowa Department of Natural Resources.  If you have any questions, please contact your the Crawford County Recorder or the Iowa Department of Natural Resources at 1-515-281-5918.

 

Purchasing Boats or Personal Watercraft

Casual Sales (Between Individuals)

See below if purchasing from a dealer

Used Vessel – Registered in Iowa
Registration does NOT need to be current to transfer ownership, but a $5 penalty may apply.

Documentation Required:

  • Registration signed by seller OR screen print from an Iowa County Recorder’s office
  • Title, if previously titled, signed on the back by seller*
  • Bill of Sale signed by seller listing purchase price of VESSEL ONLY. Iowa State sales tax will be collected on the purchase price.
  • Application for Registration (Obtained at Recorder’s office).

*If the Title has a notation regarding a lien, the lien MUST be released by the County Recorder’s office listed on the title.

Fees – with Current Registration:

  • Registration only $2.25
  • Registration with title $12.25
  • Registration with title & lien $22.25

Fees – with Expired Registration:

Use NEW VESSEL Fee listed under 1/1/10 - 4/30/11 according to length of vessel (see reverse side).

  • If expired with NO title - New Vessel fee PLUS $6.00
  • If expired with a Title - New Vessel fee PLUS $16.00
  • If expired with a Title & Lien - New Vessel Fee PLUS $26.00

Used Vessel – Registered in Another State

Documentation Required:

  • Registration signed by seller, if required by previous state
  • Title, if previously titled, signed by seller
  • Bill of Sale signed by seller listing purchase price of VESSEL ONLY.  Sales tax will be collected on the purchase price.
  • Application for Registration (Obtained at County Recorder’s office)

Used vessels previously registered in another state will pay the fees listed for “New Vessel Fees” on reverse side, prorated by date of registration, plus any penalty, title or lien fees.

A Vessel Never Registered in Any State

Contact the Crawford County Recorder or the Iowa Department of Natural Resources at 1-515-281-5918 for instructions.


New Vessel From a Dealer

Documents will be provided by dealer, which includes:

  • MCO/MSO – Manufacturers Certificate/Statement of Origin (if required)
  • Bill of Sale – Must show amount of sales tax collected by dealer or sales tax will be collected by the County Recorder’s office.
  • Application for Registration
  • Fees are based on date of registration and length, see chart below.

New Vessel Fees – (5/1/10 - 4/30/11)

Vessel Type Before 4/30/11 Fee
All Personal Watercraft (PWCs)   $45.00
Any Length No Motor/No Sail   $12.00
Motor/Sail Less Than 16'   $22.50
Motor/Sail 16' - 25'   $36.00
Motor/Sail 26' - 39'   $75.00
Motor/Sail 40' and over   $150.00
Documented Vessels   $25.00
  • $11.50 Title Fee
  • $11.50 Lien Fee
  • Dealers add $1.00 for postage and mailing fee

Used Vessel From Dealer

Registered in Iowa:
Registration does NOT need to be current to transfer ownership.

Documentation Required:

  • Registration signed by seller OR screen print from an Iowa County Recorder’s office
  • Title, if previously titled, signed on the back by seller*
  • Bill of Sale listing tax collected by dealer
  • Application for Registration

* If the Title has a notation regarding a lien, the lien MUST be released by the County Recorder’s office listed on the title.

Fees – Current Registration:

  • Registration only $2.25
  • Registration with title $12.25
  • Registration with title & lien $22.25

Fees – Expired Registration:

Use NEW VESSEL Fee listed under 1/1/10-4/30/11 according to length of vessel

  • If expired with NO title - New Vessel fee PLUS $1.00*
  • If expired with a Title - New Vessel fee PLUS $11.00*
  • If expired with a Title & Lien - New Vessel Fee PLUS $21.00*

*If registration was expired when the dealer took possession of the boat there will be a $5.00 penalty added to the fees listed above.

Used Vessel From Dealer Registered in Another State:

Documentation Required:

  • Registration signed by seller, if required by previous state
  • Title, if previously titled, signed by seller
  • Bill of Sale listing tax collected by dealer
  • Application for Registration

Used vessels previously registered in another state will pay the fees listed for “New Vessel Fees” prorated by date of registration, plus any title or lien fees.

Crawford County
Recorder’s Office

1202 Broadway
Denison, IA 51442

2nd Floor of the Crawford
County Courthouse

Tel: (712) 263 3643
Fax: (712) 263 3413

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