The Howard County Recorder's office can assist you with Licenses and Registrations as listed below. click on the following links for more specific Information about these services.
Fishing and Hunting
The Recorder’s office sells fishing, hunting, fur harvestor, deer and wild turkey licenses. Habitat, migratory bird andtrout fees may be purchased as well. Our office also has other special licenses available. for additional hunting information visit the Iowa
Howard County, Iowa - Recorder Information Boat Registration & Title
The Howard County Recorder has the responsibility of registering and titling vessels of Howard County residents and non-residents if the vessel is principally used in Howard 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).
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. 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.If a trailer is purchased with the boat, the 5% motor vehicle use tax is paid to the County Treasurer.
The Howard County Recorder has the responsibility of registering and titling ATV’s, ORV's, and snowmobiles of Howard County residents. The registrations expire on December 31st of each year. Titles are required on all ATV’s registered since January 2000, and on all snowmobiles registered since January 1998.
As of July 1, 2009, ATV's, ORV's and snowmobiles are subject to the state sales tax of 6 percent plus local option taxes, if any. This applies to sales by individuals, as well as, dealers.