Registration for a Motorcycle in Iowa

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In order to ride your motorcycle on public roadways in Iowa, you’ll need to make sure it is registered and that your registration is valid. 

When you buy a motorcycle, you’ll first need to transfer the title and get an insurance policy. Next, you’ll need to get it registered and get your Iowa motorcycle license plates and stickers. 

Note, you should also be sure to have a valid Iowa motorcycle license when you register your motorcycle too. 

This page will provide you with an overview of the steps to register a motorcycle in Iowa for the first time, and then we’ll go over your options for renewing your motorcycle registration before it expires. 

Remember, your registration documents and proof of insurance should be kept on your bike when you ride. 

Iowa Motorcycle Registration Steps

Registering a motorcycle in Iowa is basically the same process as registering any other vehicle.

If necessary, you’ll also need to complete any motorcycle inspections as required by the Iowa DMV.

You’ll need to register your motorcycle in the county where you live. 

How to register a motorcycle in Iowa:

  1. Visit your local DOT office. 
  2. Complete an application for title and registration: https://iowadot.seamlessdocs.com/f/ApplforCertificateofTitleandorRegforaVehicle 
  3. Provide your ownership documents, such as your motorcycle title. 
  4. Provide proof of your identity and address. 
  5. Pay the registration fees.

If you’ve just moved to Iowa, you’ll need to register your motorcycle within 30 days. 

Renew Motorcycle Registration in Iowa

In order to avoid any traffic tickets or late fees, you’ll want to make sure that your Iowa motorcycle registration and license plate stickers are valid. 

You can renew your motorcycle tags up to 1 month before or 1 month after your renewal month without facing a penalty. 

Your options for renewing your Iowa motorcycle registration include:

The information and items you’ll need in order to complete your motorcycle registration renewal include:

  • Your plate number. 
  • Your registration PIN/audit number.
  • Payment for your renewal fees.

Depending on the type of bike you have, you may also need to complete the necessary motorcycle inspections when you renew your motorcycle registration. 

Iowa Motorcycle Insurance

In addition to renewing your motorcycle registration, you’ll also want to make sure that your motorcycle insurance policy is up to date. 

Your annual registration renewal is a great time to compare motorcycle insurance quotes and check for cheaper rates

For more information about Iowa motorcycle registration and registration renewals, check out the official DMV website at: https://iowadot.gov/mvd 

Need more information? Check out our overview of the requirements for motorcycle titles and registrations in Iowa.