New Iowa Residents
New to Iowa?
You are required to register your vehicle with the Treasurer in your county of residence within 30 days of establishing residency in Iowa*. Iowa registration is required even if your license plates are still valid in another state.
All applicable fees should be paid at the time of registration.
Required for Move In:
- Your current out of state registration and title.
- The original copy of the title will be needed if you want to convert your out of state title to an Iowa title at the time of registration.
- If your lienholder holds the title, you will only need your current out of state registration and completed application. You will be issued a non-transferrable registration and plates.*
- All owners will need to complete and sign the Application for Certificate of Title and/or Registration (Iowa DOT form 411007)
If the vehicle is a lease vehicle, the lessee will need to:
- Complete and sign the Application for Certificate of Title and/or Registration for a Leased Vehicle (Iowa DOT form 411179)
- Provide the following documents:
- Current out of state registration
- Copy of vehicle title
- Pay a 5% one-time new registration fee on the remaining balance of the lease. Use this worksheet to determine fees due:
- Vehicle Lease Fees for Move-ins 35-051.pdf (Iowa Department of Revenue form)
Use the Iowa DOT's Fee Estimator to calculate registration and/or title fees:
- The 'purchase date' is the date you moved into Iowa
- Mark the box to "include postage amounts"
- If you are not surrendering your title at this time, subtract the $25 for the title fee.
*If you choose not to get your out of state title converted to an Iowa title at the time of your move-in, please note that you will be required to obtain an Iowa title if you sell, junk, or trade your vehicle in Iowa at a later date. If you sell your vehicle out of state, an Iowa title is not required by the state of Iowa. To request an Iowa title you must complete the Application for Certificate of Title and/or Registration (Iowa DOT form 411007) and submit the title from the state that you moved here from.