Snowmobiles

All snowmobiles operated in Iowa on ice or on a designated trail must have a current registration decal displayed on the machine. Registration is not required for ORVs being used for agricultural purposes.


Machines which belong to nonresident riders must display a nonresident user permit in order to be legally operated.


Documentation necessary to register and title a snowmobile, ATV, ORM, OMV, ORV, or UTV:

  • Application form filled out and signed by buyer
  • New –Manufacturer’s Statement of Origin (MSO or MCO)
  • Used- Bill of Sale - signed by seller and notarized and
  • If not previously registered or titled: Affidavit for Unregistered vehicle signed by seller and notarized and inspected by peace officer and signed
  • Title – if vessel was previously titled - signed by seller

Snowmobile Reference Guide

Iowa Department of Natural Resources

Affidavit & Applications

Affidavit for Unregistered or Untitled ATVs-Boats-Snowmobiles-ORVs
Application for ATVs-Boats-Snowmobiles-ORVs

Bill of Sale

Bill-of-Sale