The Handbook of Iowa All-Terrain Vehicle, Off-Road Utility and Off-Road Motorcycle Regulations
The Official Off-roading Handbook of the Iowa Department of Natural Resources - Web Version
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Registration of Off-Road Utility Vehicles (ORVs)
Off-road utility vehicles shall be considered all-terrain vehicles for the purpose of registration but are exempt from the dealer registration requirements and the titling requirements of Iowa Code Chapter 321I.
A motorized vehicle that was previously titled or is currently titled under Chapter 321 shall not be registered or operated as an off-road utility vehicle.
Where to Register
Residents: County recorder offices or any electronic license vendor where hunting and fishing licenses are sold (effective August 15, 2007)
Nonresidents: County recorder offices or any electronic license vendor where hunting and fishing licenses are sold
Exemptions to Registration
Registration shall not be required for the following ORVs:
ORVs owned and used by the United States, another state, or political subdivision of another state
ORVs being used for agricultural purposes
Registration Decals and Certificates for ORVs
The decal shall be affixed on the rear of the ORV so that the decal is clearly visible.
Registration certificates shall be carried either in the ORV or on the person operating the machine.
Transfer of an ORV
ORV registrations are not transferable. In order to maintain a valid registration, the purchaser of a registered ORV must obtain a new registration.