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

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2020 AlumaCraft Jon Boat I Put them on my AlumaCraft Jon Boat Original Paint Lettering from Charles B, TX

2020 AlumaCraft Jon Boat I Put them on my AlumaCraft Jon Boat Original Paint Lettering from Charles B, TX

Saturday, June 27, 2020

Love it!! Fast service, looks great!! I'm ordering more

Boat Lettering from Sheri B, TX

from Sheri B, TX

Sunday, June 28, 2020

Ordering the decals was easy, they were shipped quickly, and they look great on our new pontoon boat. Thank you! Mike Raiche

2020 Sun Tracker Party Barge Pontoon Boat Lettering from Mike R, NH

2020 Sun Tracker Party Barge Pontoon from Mike R, NH

Saturday, June 27, 2020

Fit the spot perfect !!

21’ pontoon boat  Boat Lettering from Leila B, TN

21’ pontoon boat from Leila B, TN

Friday, June 26, 2020

These Decals are PERFECT! very easy to apply and it does not look like they are coming off anytime soon. Would highly recommend for anyone who is looking for decals.

2004/Hurricane FunDeck Boat 228R Boat Lettering from Samuel  H, MI

2004/Hurricane FunDeck Boat 228R from Samuel H, MI

Wednesday, June 24, 2020

Great price. Easy to install

2005 Lagoon power cataraman  Lettering from mark r, FL

2005 Lagoon power cataraman Lettering from mark r, FL

Wednesday, June 24, 2020

This was a straightforward and easy process that came out looking awesome. The instructions were clear and precise and everything lined up as if professionally done.

2020 Sea Doo STI SE 130 and 170 PWCs Lettering from Gregory R, CA

2020 Sea Doo STI SE 130 and 170 PWCs Lettering from Gregory R, CA

Wednesday, June 24, 2020

Easy, fast process. The stickers look great!

‘08 Centurion  Boat Lettering from Scott B, AR

‘08 Centurion from Scott B, AR

Tuesday, June 23, 2020

Amazing quality!! Easy installation!

2004 chaparral signature  Boat Lettering from Shelby S, MA

2004 chaparral signature from Shelby S, MA

Monday, June 22, 2020

great experience. could have arrived quicker, but not a big issue

2013 Southwind 2400SD Boat transom Lettering from Daniel M, CT

2013 Southwind 2400SD Boat transom Lettering from Daniel M, CT

Tuesday, June 23, 2020

Easy to design and, good selection of fonts. Just installed on boat so only time will tell if it withstands the Alaskan seas. So far a happy customer :)

2725 Kingfisher  Boat Lettering from Rebecca R, AK

2725 Kingfisher from Rebecca R, AK

Tuesday, June 23, 2020

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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