We register, title, and collect road use tax on motor vehicles, trailers, and
campers. When a vehicle is purchased, the new owner has 30 days to transfer
ownership or penalties may accrue. Transfer takes place in the county where the
If the motor vehicle is 10 years old or newer, the seller
must verify the odometer reading and complete a Damage Disclosure Statement.
Assignment of ownership is done by completing and signing the backside of the
ownership document (title or certificate of origin). Not all trailers have a
title most are only issued a registration receipt. The registration receipt is
used to transfer ownership. Documents that may be necessary for transfer are:
Vehicle owners have three months in which to pay the
annual registration fee. Normally, this is one of the reigstered owners birth
month. Fees may be paid in the month before the registration month, the
registration monht, or in the month following the registration month. A penalty
fee will attach at five percent of the fee (minimum fee of $5.00) on the first
day of the second month following the registration month. Example: Registration
month: January. Grace month: February. Penalty attaches March 1.
- Title or Certificate of Origin
- Odometer Statement
- Damage Disclosure Statement
- Registration from a vehicle that you sold or junked
- Bill of Sale
and truck tractors over five tons gross weight will still be registered on a
If you are moving in from out of state, you have 30 days
to register your vehicle, based on the date you became an Iowa resident.
Refunds on the unexpired portion of your license fee may be available if
your vehicle has been sold or junked. Refunds of less than $10.00 are not
issued. The license plates and current registration receipt will need to be
surrendered to the county of last issuance.
There are many specialized
plates available through the Department of Transportation. Stop in our office to
see a display of plates that are available. Forms for specialized plates not
available in our office may be found at www.iowatreasurers.org.