Iowa implements streamlined OHV registration

Publish Date: 
Jul 9, 2012

DES MOINES, Iowa - The process to register off-highway vehicles (OHV) in the state is moving to a new system that will combine owners' registration, title and current decal into one document. Owners renewing their registrations for 2013 will need to go to their county recorder during this transition.

The new system will require additional information that owners bring with them, including their most current registration certificate; make, model, model year and color of the OHV; vehicle identification number (VIN); weight and engine displacement (CCs); and number of wheels.

The system is designed to allow for future registration renewals to take place online and at participating license vendors, increasing customer convenience.

Along with the new registration system, there is a new trail pass required for all snowmobilers and for nonresident OHV operators who plan to ride on public lands or public ice, or designated areas like trails and OHV parks.

The $17.75 trail pass was requested by snowmobile groups that will be used to improve and expand trails and riding opportunities. The trail pass will be available at local license sales agents through their touch screen terminals. The 2012 passes are valid through Dec. 31. Iowa resident ORV operators are not required to have a trail pass.

The requirements that off-road utility vehicles be registered and titled went into effect July 1. This requirement has been applicable to other OHVs in the past.

Gov. Terry Branstad signed the trail pass legislation into law during the 2012 legislative session.

Posted by Holly Wagner