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

ORVs that are being operated under the provisions of 321.234A, by a licensed engineer, surveyor, utility, or snowmobile club providing trail maintenance, are required to display a valid registration decal. This includes an ORV that is being operated for recreational purposes in a right-of-way area adjacent to the owner's property line under 321.234A, subsection 3.

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.