The Iowa DOT released a memo detailing how the DOT's Vehicle Services division will enforce deadlines when the governor's emergency order expires, which is expected to happen at the end of the day on May 27.
The following deadlines apply after the waivers expire:
- If a customer purchased a vehicle or moved into Iowa between March 16 and May 27, they must apply for title and registration by June 29.
- If a customer was issued temporary plates by a dealer between March 16 and May 27, they must affix permanent plates by July 13.
- If a customer's registration expires on January 31, February 29, March 31, April 30, or May 31, they must renew registration by June 30.
Since the emergency order went into effect, IADA has advised dealerships to send title and registration paperwork to county treasurer by mail. County treasurers have been noting the date of postmark as the date of receipt.
Bankruptcy laws have not been suspended and dealerships continue to have an obligation to funding sources to perfect liens in a timely manner. In order to preserve the lien and avoid a chargeback from the lender, dealerships must continue to submit title and registration paperwork and payments within 30 days of delivery of the vehicle.