Registration Fees by Vehicle Type

Registration fees - Iowa Code 321.109, 321.115 through 321.123



(Motor vehicle equipped with life support systems)
Used for transporting sick or injured persons needing medical care to medical facilities.



(Motor vehicle 25 years old or older)
$23 (1970-1983) or
$16 (1969 & older) if it's a car or MPV owned before 1/1/2009.
$50 if purchased after 1/1/2009



(Excluding church, private school and transit bus)
Gross weight based on empty weight of the vehicle plus 150 pounds multiplied by the number of passenger seats in the vehicle.


Electric Automobile

If owned prior to 1-1-2014 (Battery powered)

Model Years Old


1 - 5


6 or older






Motor Homes


Suggested Retail
List Price

Model Years Old


Class A

$80,000 & over:

1 - 5




6 & older



$40,000 to $79,999:

1 - 5




6 & older



$20,000 to $39,999:

1 - 5




6 & older



Less than $20,000:

1 - 5




6 & older






Class B


1 - 5


(Van type vehicle)


6 & older






Class C


1 - 5




6 & older




Model Years Old


1 - 5


6 or older



Motorized Bicycle



Multipurpose Vehicle - 1992 and older models


Examples: Chevrolet Blazer, Ford Bronco, IHC Scout, AMC Jeep CJ, and Dodge Ram Charger.

$60 - Special Equipped

321.109 - A multipurpose vehicle that has permanently installed equipment manufactured for and necessary to assist a person with a disability, who is either the owner or a member of the owner's household, in entering and exiting the vehicle, or if the owner or a member of the owner's household uses a wheelchair as his/her only means of mobility, the annual registration fee is $60.

Specially Equipped Vehicle Owner's Certification


Passenger cars, electric, low speed vehicles, 1993 and newer multipurpose vehicles, & 2010 and newer model year trucks (10K or less)

(Pertains to all vehicles where the registration fees are based on weight and list price of the vehicle.)

The formula is calculated as follows:  $0.40 per hundred pounds of vehicle weight, plus

Model Years Old

Percent of List Price

1 - 7


8 - 9


10 - 11


12 and after


Example: Weight: 3,000 pounds, list price: $18,500

3,000 X .40% =


$18,500 X 1% =


Annual Fee =



Semi Trailer

(Some part of the weight of the semi trailer and load rests upon the towing vehicle.)


Special Truck & Truck Tractor

Special Truck Fees Chart


Small Regular Trailer less than 2,000 lbs



Regular Trailer 2,000 lbs or greater



Travel Trailer

(Designed as a place of human habitation for vacation or recreational purposes.)

Based on square footage of floor space rounded to nearest whole dollar.

Model Years Old


1 - 6

$ .30 per sq. ft.

7 & older

75% of original fee


Regular Truck, Truck Tractor and Buses

Gross weight or combined gross weight of combination of vehicles. Certain motor trucks registered for 6 tons or less, towing trailers or semi trailers, not for hire, are exempt from registration for combined gross weight.

Regular Truck Fees Chart


Business Trade Truck

A business trade truck is 2010 model year > and weighs 10k or less and Owned by a Corp., LLC, or Partnership, or By a person who files a schedule C or schedule F form with IRS Which is eligible for depreciation under the IRS Code.

Leased - Same above criteria except: The lessee is a Corp, LLC, or Partnership and the truck is used primarily for purposes of the business, or The lessee is a person who files a schedule C or F form with IRS and the truck is used primarily for purposes of the person's own business or farming operation.

Penalties, up to $2,250, apply for falsely registering a vehicle as a business-trade truck. The owner must self-certify on the title application and each renewal to maintain business-trade usage.

Business Trade Truck Chart