Marion County, Iowa

Marion County, Iowa Recorder - Boat Registration, Title and Security Interest information. Application for Title and Instructions and Bill of Sale.

  Marion County, Iowa - Recorder Information
  Boat Registration and Title

Boat Registration and Title Information

The Marion County Recorder has the responsibility of registering and titling vessels of Marion County residents and non-residents if the vessel is principally used in Marion 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).

DNR Boat Registration Guide

Items needed when transferring a boat:

Marion County Iowa Recorder (641)828-2211. Bill of Sale
Marion County Iowa Recorder (641)828-2211. Most recent registration (signature of seller required on backside of registration)
Marion County Iowa Recorder (641)828-2211. Title, if applicable (signature of seller required on backside of title)
Marion County Iowa Recorder (641)828-2211. Proof sales tax has been paid, if applicable
Marion County Iowa Recorder (641)828-2211. Application for Registration, Title and Security Interest

State Sales Tax Information:

Marion County Iowa Recorder (641)828-2211. Sales of boats and other watercraft in Iowa are subject to the state sales tax of 5 percent plus local option taxes, if any. This applies to sales by Individuals, as well as, dealers.
Marion County Iowa Recorder (641)828-2211. 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.
Marion County Iowa Recorder (641)828-2211. If a trailer is purchased with the boat, the 5% motor vehicle use tax is paid to the County Treasurer.

Boating Laws:

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 1-800-368-5647 or click here to visit the U.S. Coast Guard Boating web site.

Forms (click on the links below to access the forms):

Bill of Sale Boat

Application for Registration, Title and Security Interest

Affidavit for Untitled, Unregistered ATV, Motorcycles, Utility Vehicles, Snowmobiles, or Boats

Boat Registration and Title Information

Address of
Recorder's office:

Temporary Location

614 E. Washington St.
Knoxville, IA 50138

Hours Office is open:
Monday - Friday
8:00 A.M - 4:30 P.M.
Open through lunch hour

Phone Number:
(641) 828-2211

FAX Number:
(641) 828-3538

Office holder name:

Karen Schwanebeck [email protected]

Employees in
Recorder's Office:

Deputy Recorder

Naomi Agan [email protected]

Recording Clerks

Ranae Thompson [email protected]

Jamie McClellan
[email protected]

Michael Hoy
[email protected]

Recorder's Forms:
Downloadable forms
used in the Recorders office

Recorder's Links:

Iowa Land Records

Iowa Real Estate
Transfer Tax Calculator

Other Related Links:

Iowa DNR

Iowa Secretary of State
U.S. Passport Agency

State of Iowa Government

Iowa Legislature
General Assembly

Iowa Department of
Public Health

Shoreline of Red Rock Lake in Marion County, Iowa

Wooden coal miner statue in Memorial Park

Cordova Observation Tower

Visit the Marion County Parks!