What is the “enforcement date”?
Law enforcement defines the enforcement date as the first day of the second month following the registration month. It is recommended that the renewal be processed and the sticker be affixed to the license plate on or before the enforcement date.

For large plates, Iowa law requires the registration validation sticker (often called a tag) to be affixed to the lower left side of the rear plate and for small plates the tags should be affixed to the upper left corner.

Affixing the registration validation sticker should occur on or before the "enforcement date".

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1. When can I renew my registration?
2. What is the penalty if my vehicle registration is not paid on time?
3. What is the “enforcement date”?
4. How do I get personalized plates?
5. How do I register a truck weighing 28 tons or more?
6. How do I register a homemade trailer?
7. How do I store a vehicle?
8. I have lost my validation sticker and/or registration, where do I go to obtain a new one?