✅ Updated October 2020

Ultimate guide to renewing your vehicle registration in Iowa

Here's the ultimate guide to renewing your vehicle registration in Iowa. We've simplified the entire process for you so you can save time.

 

What You’ll Need to Renew your Vehicle Registration in Iowa

  • By Mail or in Person Renewal
    • Your IA registration renewal notice
      OR
    • Your vehicle registration information
    • Payment for registration renewal fees - Check payable to your local county treasurer if by mail
  • Online Renewal
    • Your IA license plate number
    • Your online registration renewal PIN, which can be found on your renewal notice, OR
    • Your vehicle registration audit number, which can be found on your last vehicle registration renewal receipt
    • Payment (E-check, VISA, Discover, and MasterCard credit/debit card are accepted)

 

What You’ll Do to Renew your Vehicle Registration in Iowa

  • If Renewing in Person:
    • Step 1: Visit your local Iowa County Treasurer’s office
    • Step 2: Submit all the required documents
    • Step 3: Pay the applicable fees - (renewal fees in Iowa vary by county)
    • Step 4: Wait for your new plate decal to be issued
  • If Renewing by Mail:
    • Step 1: Complete all the required documents
    • Step 2: Include a Check payable to your local county treasurer
    • Step 3: Mail your documents and payment to the address of your local county treasurer’s office
  • If Renewing Online:
    • Step 1: Visit the Iowa State County Treasurer’s Association website (You can choose whether to create an account, or make a one-time payment)
    • Step 2: Provide all the required information
    • Step 3: Pay the applicable fees
    • Step 4: Your new registration will be processed and mailed within 24 business hours of the authorization of your online payment

 

Caveats and Exceptions to Renewing your Vehicle Registration in Iowa

  • Vehicles may be renewed during a three month window around your renewal month without penalty. This includes the month prior to your renewal month, your renewal month, and the month following your renewal month. If the last day of the three month window falls on a Saturday, Sunday, or holiday, renewals can be completed on the first business day of the following month without penalty
  • If you've lost or never received your renewal notice, you may still be able to renew online or in person. You may need to provide your current registration renewal receipt audit number and your vehicle information
  • You will be charged an additional service fee when renewing your Iowa DMV vehicle registration online
  • If you are a resident of any of the following counties, please click the appropriate hyperlink for details regarding registration renewals: Buchanan, Clayton, Dickinson, Floyd, Iowa, Johnson, Linn, Montgomery, Polk, Pottawattamie, Poweshiek

 

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