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You must have an Iowa Registration Certificate and registration decals to legally operate a vessel on Iowa’s public waters. Exceptions: Inflatable vessels that are 7’ or less and canoes and kayaks that are 13’ or less and have no motor or sail.

Documentation necessary to register and title a vessel:

  1. Application form filled out and signed by the buyer.
  2. New boat – Manufacturer’s Statement of Origin (MSO or MCO) and Bill of Sale proving sales tax has been paid.
  3. Used boat – Bill of Sale - signed by the seller and notarized & current registration signed over.
  4. Title – if the vessel was previously titled - signed by the seller.

Additional Information

Affidavit & Applications

Bill of Sale

Last updated on Dec 13th, 2021.

Contact Information

Geralyn S. Greer

Shelby County Recorder

612 Court Street Room 201

Harlan, Iowa 51537

Phone: 712.755.5640 Opt. 4

Fax: 712.755.7556

Email: ggreer@shco.org

Shelby County Courthouse
612 Court Street
Harlan, Iowa 51537