Madison County, Iowa Recorder - Boat Registration, Title and Security
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Madison County, Iowa - Recorder Information
Boat Registration and Title
Boat Registration and Title Information
The Madison County Recorder has the responsibility of registering and titling
vessels of Madison County residents and non-residents if the vessel is
principally used in Madison County.
Boat registrations expire on April 30th, every three years starting in 2007. Boat
fees are based on the length of the boat. All boats 17 feet and longer require a
title (except canoes and kayaks).
Items needed when transferring a boat:
State Sales Tax Information:
||Sales of boats and other watercraft in Iowa are subject to the state
sales tax of 6 percent plus local option taxes, if any. This applies to
sales by Individuals, as well as, dealers.
||Anyone purchasing a boat from an individual should obtain a receipt
that shows the cost of the boat. The buyer will then pay the sales tax
on the cost of the boat to the County Recorder.
||If a trailer is purchased with the boat, the 5% motor vehicle use
tax is paid to the County Treasurer.
For state boating law information, call the Iowa Department of Natural Resources
at: (515) 281-5918 or
click here to visit their website.
For federal boating laws, call the U.S. Coast Guard’s Boating Safety Infoline at
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for Registration, Title and Security Interest
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Pictured L-R: Lori
Belgarde, Brandy Macumber, Lisa Smith
Madison County Courthouse
112 N. John Wayne Dr.
PO Box 152
Winterset, IA 50273
Hours Office is open:
Monday - Friday
8:00am to 4:30pm
Office holder name:
Term: Four Years Bond $10,000
Term Expires 12/31/2018
Lisa Smith, Recorder/Registrar
Employees in the Recorder's Office:
Brandy Macumber, 1st Deputy
Lori Belgarde, 2nd Deputy
used in the Recorder's office
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