Which Boats Require Registration?
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 that are 7 feet or less in length
- Canoes and kayaks 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