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Requirements for vessel registration vary from state to state. In Iowa, you must have an Iowa Registration Certificate and registration decals to operate a vessel on Iowa's public waters legally. Exceptions to registration are:

  • Inflatable vessels, except canoes and kayaks, that are 7 feet or less in length
  • Canoes, kayaks, and stand-up paddleboards (SUPs) including inflatable canoes, kayaks, and SUPs that are 13 feet or less in length and have no motor or sail
  • Vessels properly registered in another state and using Iowa waters for 60 or fewer days within one calendar year
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