Use a temporary boat registration while waiting for your boat registration and title. 

Some dealers apply for the boat registration as part of a new boat sale. 

If the dealer doesn’t apply for your registration you should contact your County Recorder.   

Temporary Boat Registration Process

County Records register and title boats in Iowa. 

  •  New Purchases

The dealer issues you a “registration applied for” placard. This is your temporary boat registration. It is valid up to 35 days from the sale date while waiting on your new registration credentials.  

  • Private Sales

You have 30 days to register a boat following a private sale. Keep a copy of the Bill of Sale on board as a temporary registration during this time. 

Related Agency - Natural Resources

Address: Wallace State Office Building, 502 E. 9th St., Des Moines, IA 50319

Phone: (515) 725-8200