462A.5  Registration and identification number.

1.  The owner of each vessel required to be numbered by this state shall register it every two years with the county recorder of the county in which the owner resides, or, if the owner is a nonresident, the owner shall register it in the county in which such vessel is principally used. The commission shall have supervisory responsibility over the registration of all vessels and shall provide each county recorder with registration forms and certificates and shall allocate identification numbers to each county.

The owner of the vessel shall file an application for registration with the appropriate county recorder on forms provided by the commission. The application shall be completed and signed by the owner of the vessel and shall be accompanied by the appropriate fee, and a writing fee of one dollar. Upon applying for registration the owner shall display a bill of sale, receipt, or other satisfactory proof of ownership as provided by the rules of the commission to the county recorder. Upon receipt of the application in approved form accompanied by the required fees, the county recorder shall enter it upon the records of the recorder's office and shall issue to the applicant a pocket-size registration certificate. The certificate shall be executed in triplicate, one copy to be delivered to the owner, one copy to the commission, and one copy to be retained on file by the county recorder. The registration certificate shall bear the number awarded to the vessel, the passenger capacity of the vessel and the name and address of the owner. In the use of all vessels except nonpowered sailboats, nonpowered canoes and commercial vessels, the registration certificate shall be carried either in the vessel or on the person of the operator of the vessel when in use. In the use of nonpowered sailboats, nonpowered canoes or commercial vessels, the registration certificate may be kept on shore in accordance with rules adopted by the commission. The operator shall exhibit the certificate to a peace officer upon request, or, when involved in a collision or accident of any nature with another vessel or other personal property, to the owner or operator of the other vessel or personal property.

On all vessels except nonpowered sailboats the owner shall cause the identification number to be painted on or attached to each side of the bow of the vessel in such size and manner as may be prescribed by the rules of the commission. On nonpowered boats the number may be placed at alternate locations as prescribed by the rules of the commission. All numbers shall be maintained in a legible condition at all times.

No number, other than the number awarded to a vessel under the provisions of this chapter or granted reciprocity pursuant to this chapter, shall be painted, attached or otherwise displayed on either side of the bow of such vessel.

The owner of each vessel must display and maintain, in a legible manner and in a prominent spot on the exterior of such vessel, other than the bow, the passenger capacity of the vessel which must conform with the passenger capacity designated on the registration certificate.

2.  When an agency of the United States government shall have in force an overall system of identification numbering for vessels, the numbering system prescribed by the commission pursuant to this chapter, shall be in conformity therewith.

3.  The registration fees for vessels subject to this chapter are as follows:

a.  For vessels of any length without motor or sail, five dollars.

b.  For motorboats or sailboats less than twelve feet in length, eight dollars.

c.  For motorboats or sailboats twelve feet or more, but less than fifteen feet in length, ten dollars.

d.  For motorboats or sailboats fifteen feet or more, but less than eighteen feet in length, twelve dollars.

e.  For motorboats or sailboats eighteen feet or more, but less than twenty-five feet in length, eighteen dollars.

f.  For motorboats or sailboats twenty-five feet in length or more, twenty-eight dollars.

Every registration certificate and number issued becomes delinquent at midnight April 30 of odd-numbered years unless terminated or discontinued in accordance with this chapter. After January 1 in odd-numbered years, an unregistered vessel and a renewal of registration may be registered for the two-year registration period beginning May 1 of that year. After January 1 in even-numbered years, unregistered vessels may be registered for the remainder of the current registration period at fifty percent of the appropriate registration fee.

If a timely application for renewal is made, the applicant shall receive the same registration number allocated to the applicant for the previous registration period. If the application for registration for the biennium is not made before May 1 of each odd-numbered year, the applicant shall be charged a penalty of five dollars.

4.  If a person, after registering a vessel, moves from the address shown on the registration certificate, the person shall, within ten days, notify the county recorder in writing of the old and new address. If appropriate, the county recorder shall forward all past records of the vessel to the recorder of the county in which the owner resides.

If the name of a person, who has registered a vessel, is changed, the person shall, within ten days, notify the county recorder of the former and new name.

No fee shall be paid to the county recorder for making the changes mentioned in this subsection, unless the owner requests a new registration certificate showing the change, in which case a fee of one dollar plus a writing fee shall be paid to the recorder.

If a registration certificate is lost, mutilated or becomes illegible, the owner shall immediately make application for and obtain a duplicate registration certificate by furnishing information satisfactory to the county recorder.

A fee of one dollar plus a writing fee shall be paid to the county recorder for a duplicate registration certificate.

If a vessel, registered under this chapter, is destroyed or abandoned, the destruction or abandonment shall be reported to the county recorder and the registration certificate shall be forwarded to the office of the county recorder within ten days after the destruction or abandonment.

5.  All records of the commission and the county recorder, other than those declared by law to be confidential for the use of the commission and the county recorder, shall be open to public inspection during office hours.

6.  The owner of each vessel which has a valid marine document issued by the bureau of customs of the United States government or any federal agency successor thereto shall register it every two years with the county recorder in the same manner prescribed for undocumented vessels and shall cause the registration validation decal to be placed on the vessel in the manner prescribed by the rules of the commission. When the vessel bears the identification required in the documentation, it is exempt from the placement of the identification numbers as required on undocumented vessels. The fee for such registration is twenty-five dollars plus a writing fee.

7.  If the owner of a currently registered vessel places the vessel in storage, the owner shall return the registration certificate to the county recorder with an affidavit stating that the vessel is placed in storage and the effective date of the storage. The county recorder shall notify the commission of each registered vessel placed in storage. When the owner of a stored vessel desires to renew the vessel's registration, the owner shall apply to the county recorder and pay the registration fees plus a writing fee as provided in subsections 1 and 3 without penalty. No refund of registration fees shall be allowed for a stored vessel.

8.  The registration certificate shall indicate if the vessel is subject to the requirement of a certificate of title and the county from which the certificate of title is issued.

Section History: Early form

  [C97, § 2512; S13, § 2512; C24, 27, 31, § 1694; C35, § 1703-e3, 1703-e7; C39, § 1703.03, 1703.07, 1703.08; C46, 50, 54, 58, § 106.3, 106.7, 106.8; C62, 66, 71, 73, 75, 77, 79, 81, § 106.5; 82 Acts, ch 1028, § 6-9]

Section History: Recent form

  84 Acts, ch 1082, § 1, 2; 85 Acts, ch 110, § 1; 87 Acts, ch 134, § 3; 92 Acts, ch 1101, § 1

  C93, § 462A.5

Internal References

  Referred to in § 331.602, 331.605, 462A.6A, 805.8(3a)

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