321G.4  Registration with county recorder--fee.

The owner of each all-terrain vehicle or snowmobile required to be numbered 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 the all-terrain vehicle or snowmobile is principally used. The commission has supervisory responsibility over the registration of all-terrain vehicles and snowmobiles and shall provide each county recorder with registration forms and certificates and shall allocate identification numbers to each county.

The owner of the all-terrain vehicle or snowmobile 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 all-terrain vehicle or snowmobile and shall be accompanied by a fee of twenty-five dollars and a writing fee. An all-terrain vehicle or a snowmobile shall not be registered by the county recorder until the county recorder is presented with receipts, bills of sale, or other satisfactory evidence that the sales or use tax has been paid for the purchase of the all-terrain vehicle or snowmobile or that the owner is exempt from paying the tax. However, an owner of an all-terrain vehicle, except an all-terrain vehicle purchased new on or after January 1, 1990, may apply for registration without proof of sales or use tax paid until one year after January 1, 1990. An all-terrain vehicle or snowmobile that has an expired registration certificate from another state may be registered in this state upon proper application, payment of all applicable registration and writing fees, and payment of a penalty of five dollars.

Upon receipt of the application in approved form accompanied by the required fees, the county recorder shall enter it upon the records 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 all-terrain vehicle or snowmobile and the name and address of the owner. The registration certificate shall be carried either in the all-terrain vehicle or snowmobile or on the person of the operator of the machine when in use. The operator of an all-terrain vehicle or snowmobile shall exhibit the registration certificate to a peace officer upon request, to a person injured in an accident involving an all-terrain vehicle or snowmobile, or to the owner or operator of another all-terrain vehicle or snowmobile or the owner of personal or real property when the all-terrain vehicle or snowmobile is involved in a collision or accident of any nature with another all-terrain vehicle or snowmobile or the property of another person or to the property owner or tenant when the all-terrain vehicle or snowmobile is being operated on private property without permission from the property owner or tenant.

If an all-terrain vehicle or snowmobile is placed in storage, the owner shall return the current registration certificate to the county recorder with an affidavit stating that the all-terrain vehicle or snowmobile is placed in storage and the effective date of storage. The county recorder shall notify the commission of each all-terrain vehicle or snowmobile placed in storage. When the owner of a stored all-terrain vehicle or snowmobile desires to renew the registration, the owner shall make application to the county recorder and pay the registration and writing fees without penalty. A refund of the registration fee shall not be allowed for a stored all-terrain vehicle or snowmobile.

Section History: Early form

  [C71, 73, 75, 77, 79, 81, § 321G.4; 81 Acts, ch 113, § 3]

Section History: Recent form

  86 Acts, ch 1235, § 1; 89 Acts, ch 244, §6; 99 Acts, ch 113, §2; 99 Acts, ch 114, §21

Internal References

  Referred to in § 321G.6, 331.602, 331.605


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