Iowa Boat Registration Lettering

The state of Iowa surprisingly has a vast amount lakes to pick from which makes it a great boating destination. You don't want to find yourself without proper state identification though! When boating in Iowa follow the guide below to properly display registration information on your boat.

General information about numbers

We'll guide you through the process of creating Iowa boat numbers when you click design now. Each state has specific verbiage as to their requirements. See the Iowa specific section below. The general requirements for boat registrations numbers are as follows:

  • A minimum of 3" letter height
  • A block style font such as (impact or arial black)
  • Generally located on the forward hull portion of the boat next to the DNR tag
  • A contrasting color to base color of your boat.
  • Letters separated by a space or a dash (-)

Iowa Specific Registration Laws

Please review your state specific requirements before purchasing identification decals as they do vary from state to state. Our designer is setup to comply with the general requirements above. If you require a specific requirement not in our designer, just leave a comment at checkout and we'll adust your design (no big deal!). Iowa DNR website surprisingly lacks specific information about registration number sizing. If you want to be 100% sure you are compliant you will have to call your local DMV or DNR office. Here is the information they provide on their site. Here.

Placement Information

Iowa specifies that boat numbers be placed on the forward portion of the boat (the bow) on both sides.

Number Kits are Standard

Our iowa number kits are solid as a pair with 2.

You get two registration numbers automatically

How does my lettering arrive?

Your vinyl lettering is cut, weeded, and coated in a transfer tape ready to install. Installation instructions are located here. We have many optional installation accessories located in our accessories section.

Iowa Boat Registration Numbers

What our customers say

Excellent graphics. The ones I ordered have to applied to a dry surface. Nothing could be easier.

Stellar S16 16 foot Stallar sea kayak. Just in case we get separated.  Lettering from Karl R, WA

Stellar S16 16 foot Stallar sea kayak. Just in case we get separated. Lettering from Karl R, WA

Sunday, October 23, 2022

No real instructions came and since the little bottles and pen were kind of expensive it would have been nice. Came out nice though.

2007 SeaRay 270 SLX Boat Lettering from karl c, MO

2007 SeaRay 270 SLX from karl c, MO

Monday, October 24, 2022

Love it.

Bass Buggy 18 DLX Boat Lettering from terry w, WA

Bass Buggy 18 DLX from terry w, WA

Monday, October 17, 2022

The decal was very easy to put on, and it looks great! We ordered the dome lettering and could not be happier. It makes our runabout look snazzy.

Tahoe T19 Boat Lettering from Rachel M, KY

Tahoe T19 from Rachel M, KY

Wednesday, October 26, 2022

These stickers were really good quality and easy to put on. The colors are vibrant and well defined lines. They are very attractive.

2023 Tahoe T16 Boat  Lettering from Joe G, OK

2023 Tahoe T16 Boat Lettering from Joe G, OK

Sunday, October 16, 2022

I loved playing around with the many different combinations of ways to make your words. The decal came fast. I messed up one word so they sent me a replacement for a fraction of what it would cost to order another. I love how it looks.

1999 Tr-20 Triton bass boat Back of a bass boat Lettering from Jamie W, KS

1999 Tr-20 Triton bass boat Back of a bass boat Lettering from Jamie W, KS

Saturday, October 22, 2022

Love my new decal! Delivered fast and it looks great.

Carolina Skiff 16JVX Boat Lettering from Joseph C, SC

Carolina Skiff 16JVX from Joseph C, SC

Thursday, October 20, 2022

Fantastic quality and made very tough

2023 Lowe Skorpion  Boat Lettering from Patrick G, AL

2023 Lowe Skorpion from Patrick G, AL

Thursday, October 13, 2022

Exceptional quality and service!

RO Guide Model Drift Boat Boat  Lettering from Brad D, MT

RO Guide Model Drift Boat Boat Lettering from Brad D, MT

Thursday, October 13, 2022

Very easy and clean installation

Pwc Lettering from jason c, GA

Pwc Lettering from jason c, GA

Sunday, October 9, 2022

Came out great! I got the hull numbers in reflective white, which are crisp and snowy in daylight and provide extra visibility to my little skiff after dark. Uploaded a custom font for the boat name, this was the only site I saw that accommodated such. My only quibbles are that I ordered 3" spacing on the hull number trying to end up with 2", as the preview made it look like the selected spacing was affected by the font; it was.in fact spaced exactly 3". I should have asked. I just cut between the sections and placed them manually. Secondly, the decal sheets are cut free with a scissors, and not some sort of cutting tool, so the edge of the sheet is of no use for placement. The application fluid, however, works great, and gives some ability to fine tune everything.

2007 Duroboat 15w Boat Lettering from Eric M, MA

2007 Duroboat 15w from Eric M, MA

Monday, October 3, 2022

In this video we provide a short walk through of the features of our online design tool. You can jump right in and play with it or watch this video if you want to see how everything works.

Lakes in Iowa

You'll need Iowa boat numbers if you are boating in these major lakes (and any other state owned body of water)

Backbone Lake - Bay Branch Lake - Beeds Lake - Big Creek Lake - Big Wall Lake - Black Hawk Lake - Blue Lake - Browns Lake - Carter Lake - Cheever Lake - Clear Creek - Clear Lake - Coralville Lake - Dan Green Slough - De Soto Lake - Eagle Lake - East Okoboji Lake - Elk Lake - Elm Lake - Five Island Lake - Fourmile Lake - Geode Lake - Goose Lake - Green Valley Lake - Hartwick Lake - High Lake - Inham Lake - Iowa Lake - Lake Ahquabi - Lake Darling - Lake Icaria - Lake Manawa - Lake Morris - Lake Odessa - Lake Red Rock - Lake Wapello - Lake Wawasee - Lake Syracuse - Lizard Lake - Lost Island Lake - Lower Gar Lake - North Twin Lake - Okamanpeedan Lake - Panorama Lake - Prairie Rose Lake - Quaker Mill Pond - Rathbun Lake - Rice Lake - Rock Creek Lake - Rush Lake - Saylorville Lake - Silver Lake - South Twin Lake - Spirit Lake - Stony Lake - Storm Lake - Summit Lake - Sunken Island Lake - Swan Lake - Trumbull Lake - Twelvemile Lake - Union Grove Lake - Virgin Lake - Viking Lake (Viking Lake State Park - Stanton, Iowa) - West Okoboji Lake