Howard County, Iowa Recorder - Boat Registration, Title and Security
Interest information. Application for Title and Instructions and Bill of Sale.
Howard County, Iowa - Recorder Information
Boat Registration & Title
The Howard County Recorder has the responsibility of registering and titling
vessels of Howard County residents and non-residents if the vessel is
principally used in Howard County.
Boat registrations expire on April 30th, 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:
State Sales Tax Information:
||Sales of boats and other watercraft in Iowa are
subject to the state sales tax of 5 percent plus local option taxes, if any.
This applies to sales by Individuals, as well as, dealers.
||Anyone purchasing a boat from an individual should
obtain a receipt 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.
||For state boating law information, call the Iowa
Department of Natural Resources at: (515) 281-5918 or
CLICK HERE to visit their
||For federal boating laws, call the U.S. Coast
Guard’s Boating Safety Infoline at 1-800-368-5647.
Click on the links below for more specific information about the other
Recorders Home Page
Military Service Records Information
Real Estate Information
»Land Records and Iowa Land Record Website
»Recording Information and Fees
»Document Formatting Standards
»Iowa Real Estate Transfer Tax Calculator
License Registration Information
»Fishing and Hunting
»ATV, ORV and Snowmobiles
Vital Records Information
»Birth, Death and Marriage
Howard County Courthouse
137 North Elm Street
Cresco IA 52136
Monday - Friday
8:00am - 4:30pm
Cherri L. Caffrey
Employees in Recorder's Office:
used in the Recorder's office
By clicking on the links below you will be leaving
the Howard County website and opening a new website.
Iowa State Association of Counties (ISAC)
Iowa Land Records
Other Related Links:
Iowa Secretary of State
State of Iowa Government
Iowa Department of