Boats, Snowmobiles, ATV, ORM, ORV, & UTV

Services During COVID-19

Due to the alarming surge in positive COVID-19 cases and record-breaking hospitalizations across the country and locally, Linn County is closing buildings to the public once again to help reduce community spread of the virus and to help ensure continuity of County services. The closure will take effect Thursday, November 19 and remain in effect until public health conditions improve and allow for modifications.

Our office will continue to process DNR requests through email, mail, our drop box located in front of the building, or over the phone. For items placed in the drop box, please put all documents in an envelope marked Recorder’s Office and include your contact information. 

For questions about DNR, please call 319-892-5420 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. 

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New Ordinance Allows ATV Use on Certain County Roads

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The Linn County Board of Supervisors approved an ordinance (PDF) allowing the use of all-terrain vehicles (ATVs) and off-road vehicles on certain county roads in unincorporated Linn County. The ordinance took effect Friday, June 5, 2020.

The ordinance contains many provisions, including:

  • Operators of ATVs or off-road utility vehicles must have a valid driver’s license and be at least 16 years of age.
  • An operator 18 years of age and under is required to take and pass an Iowa Department of Natural Resources approved ATV education course and must carry a valid safety certificate while operating the vehicle.
  • Operators and passengers 18 years of age and under must wear an ATV safety helmet.
  • Operators of ATVs or off-road utility vehicles cannot travel at a rate of speed greater than thirty-five (35) miles per hour.
  • ATV or off-road utility vehicle operation may begin at sunrise and must cease at sunset.

For a complete list of the operation requirements and a list of restricted roads in unincorporated Linn County, read the full ordinance (PDF) on the Linn County website. A map of restricted roadways (PDF) is also available online.

Boat Registrations

View or download the Boat Registration Application (PDF), to be used for new boats, renewals, transfers, and duplications of registration, titles, and liens.

To view current Boat Regulation, visit the DNR website.

TypeLengthFirst YearSecond YearThird Year
No Motor - No SailN/A$16.90$12.90$8.90
Motor SailLess than 16 feet$27.40$19.90$12.40
Motor SailBetween 16 and 26 feet$40.90$28.90$16.90
Motor SailBetween 26 and 40 feet$79.90$54.90$29.90
Motor SailMore than 40 feet$154.90$104.90$54.90
All Personal WatercraftN/A$49.90$34.90$19.90
Documented VesselsN/A$29.90$21.50$13.20

Please note: Second- and third-year columns are only for new boats. For renewal fees, use the first-year column. If the registration is already expired, there is a $5 penalty added to the renewal fee.

Fees

There is a transfer fee of $3.75 and a duplicate fee of $3.75.  We accept cash, checks, money orders, and credit cards.

Boat Titles

Boat titles are $12.75 each plus $12.75 with a lien. Transfers require a signed and dated bill of sale, signed registration, and title (if applicable).

Snowmobile & ATV Registrations

View or download the Snowmobile and ATV Registration Application (PDF), to be used for new snowmobiles and ATV’s, renewals, transfers, and duplications of registration, titles, and liens.

The annual registration fee is $17.75 between January 1 and December 31 of every year. The deadline to renew snowmobile and ATV registrations is December 31st annually. There is a duplicate fee of $7.75. Transfers require a signed and dated bill of sale and signed title certificate.

You mail call our office to renew or obtain a duplicate copy of your registration with our office over the phone with a credit card.  You can also renew your registration using the DNR's website.

Owners will be charged a $5 penalty for snowmobiles and ATVs not transferred within 30 days from purchase date.

To view current Snowmobile Reference Guide, visit the DNR website.

To view current ATV/UTV/ORM/ORV Reference Guide, visit the DNR website.

Snowmobile & ATV Titles

The title fee without a lien is $11.50, and the title fee with a lien is $23.  Transfers require a signed and dated bill of sale, signed registration, and title (if applicable).

ORM & ORV Registrations

View or download the ORM & ORV Registration Application (PDF), for new ORM and ORV, renewals, transfers, and duplications of registration, titles, and liens.

The annual registration fee is $17.75 between January 1 and December 31 of every year.  The deadline to renew off road vehicles is December 31st annually.  There is a duplicate fee of $7.75. Transfers require a signed and dated bill of sale and signed title certificate. We accept cash, checks, money orders, and credit cards.

You mail call our office to renew or obtain a duplicate copy of your registration with our office over the phone with a credit card.  You can also renew your registration using the DNR's website.

Owners will be charged a $5 penalty for ORM or ORV’s not transferred within 30 days from purchase date.

To view current ATV/UTV/ORM/ORV Reference Guide, visit the DNR website.

View the Iowa Code for off-road usage.

ORM & ORV Titles

The title fee without a lien is $11.50, and the title fee with a lien is $23.  Transfers require a signed and dated bill of sale, signed registration, and title (if applicable).  We accept cash, checks, money orders, and credit cards.