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Recreational Vehicles

Register your snowmobile, ATV, boat, or personal watercraft.

Helpful Forms

Off-Highway Vehicle and Snowmobile Registration and Title

The Winnebago County Recorder has the responsibility of registering and titling OHV’s and snowmobiles of Winnebago County residents. The registrations expire on December 31 of each year. Titles are required on all OHV’s registered since January 2000 and on all snowmobiles registered since January 1998.

Items needed when transferring an OHV/Snowmobile

  • Bill of Sale
  • Most recent registration, if the boat is untitled (signature of seller required on the backside of registration)
  • Title, if applicable (signature of seller required on the backside of title)
  • Proof sales tax has been paid, if applicable

Boat Registration and Title Information

The Winnebago County Recorder has the responsibility of registering and titling vessels of Winnebago County residents and non-residents if the vessel is principally used in Winnebago County.

Boat registrations expire on April 30, every three years (starting in 2007). Boat fees are based on the length of the boat. All boats 17 feet and longer require a title (except canoes and kayaks).

Items needed when transferring a boat

  • Bill of Sale
  • Most recent registration, if the boat is untitled (signature of seller required on the backside of registration)
  • Title, if applicable (signature of seller required on the backside of title)
  • Proof sales tax has been paid, if applicable

State Sales Tax Information

  • Sales of boats, other watercraft, and off-road vehicles in Iowa are subject to the state sales tax of 1% plus local option taxes. This applies to sales by Individuals, as well as, dealers. Out-of-state sales tax is 6%.
  • Anyone purchasing a boat from an individual should obtain a receipt or bill of sale that shows the cost of the boat. The buyer will then pay the sales tax on the cost of the boat to the County Recorder.
  • If a trailer is purchased with the boat, the 5% motor vehicle use tax is paid to the County Treasurer.

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