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

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2018 Sea-Doo GTX PWC Lettering from Thomas W, TN

2018 Sea-Doo GTX PWC Lettering from Thomas W, TN

Sunday, September 26, 2021

The boat name turned out just perfect! Very well done and easy to apply. We bought a trashed boat in 2020. The guy we bought it from said, "This boat has potential." So.... many $$ and over a year later, it finally met its potential and has a new life:)

2000 Larson lxi 206 Boat Lettering from Paula T, MO

2000 Larson lxi 206 from Paula T, MO

Friday, September 24, 2021

Fast shipping will order again.

Boat Lettering from Andrew T, MI

from Andrew T, MI

Friday, September 10, 2021

Just as described!

Crownline Boat Lettering from Trevor N, NY

Crownline from Trevor N, NY

Friday, September 10, 2021

The product was simple to design and user friendly website. My decals came in a few days and easybto install if you watch their video. Great purchase at great price. John C

Lettering from John  C, PA

Lettering from John C, PA

Tuesday, September 7, 2021

Refurbished my Uncles-old sailing dingy. Was excited to find boat lettering with the same font that was originally on the bot. It looks great. Thank you.

Water penguin Sailing dingy Lettering from Gary L, NJ

Water penguin Sailing dingy Lettering from Gary L, NJ

Sunday, September 5, 2021

Looks great!!!

Savannah SS-19 Boat Lettering from Stan D, NC

Savannah SS-19 from Stan D, NC

Tuesday, September 7, 2021

Awesome stickers!!!! Very quick shipping.

2021 Seadoo GTX PWC Lettering from Robert B, KS

2021 Seadoo GTX PWC Lettering from Robert B, KS

Saturday, September 4, 2021

Great decals thank you! Looks great on our Bennington pontoon!

2013 20SL Pontoon boat Lettering from ZACHARY H, CA

2013 20SL Pontoon boat Lettering from ZACHARY H, CA

Sunday, September 12, 2021

The domed letters make a great boat look even better!

2021 BassCat Sabre Boat Lettering from Richard E, CO

2021 BassCat Sabre from Richard E, CO

Saturday, September 11, 2021

Beautiful! I thought it was going to cost me an arm and a leg and you guys made it affordable to name this 30 YO boat without a name.

1989  23' Parker  Boat Lettering from Vanessa R, NJ

1989 23' Parker from Vanessa R, NJ

Friday, September 24, 2021

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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