Dickinson County Treasurer
January 01, 2017
We recommend you pay your property and vehicle renewal (tag) taxes online. It's easy, fast and safe. Online payment options include Discover Card, MasterCard, Visa, American Express and eCheck - an electronic transfer of funds from your bank account to the County bank account.
Dickinson County Office Information
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Property Tax (712) 336-1205
Motor Vehicle (712) 336-1205
Driver's License (712) 336-6277
Fax (712) 336-6275
Dickinson County Treasurer's Office
1802 Hill Avenue, Suite 1101
P.O. Box AD
Spirit Lake, IA 51360
Parking is available for the public on the west side of the Courthouse off Highway 71, and along the east side on Hill Ave. The Courthouse entrance is located on the west side of the building near the public parking. There is also limited parking on the east side of the Courthouse. The grand opening for the Courthouse was held on June 14, 2009, with a dedication service and placement of a time capsule.
COVID-19 Update: Office is open by appointment only
Find more information and visitor requirements on our COVID-19 Response page.
Property Taxes and Motor Vehicle
Monday - Friday 8:00 AM - 4:30 PM
Driver's License Station
Monday - Friday 9:00 AM - 1:00 PM and 2:00 PM - 4:30 PM
Written Driver's License exams offered till 4:00 PM
Driving tests can be scheduled between 9:00 AM - 3:00 PM by appointment only. Schedule by calling 712-336-6277.
For added convenience in making payments, the Treasurer's Office has a drop box located at the entrance of the Courthouse on the north side of the door. Payments made in cash must be made during normal office hours at the Treasurer's Office.
PASSPORT PHOTO SERVICES
Available at the Dickinson County Treasurer's Office and the Dickinson County Driver's License Station Monday through Friday from 8:00 to 4:30. The cost is $10.00 for two photos or $15.00 for four photos. The wallet-sized U.S. Passport Card is now available for people traveling by land and sea between the United States and Mexico, Canada, the Caribbean and Bermuda. It is not valid for international travel by air. Citizens applying for both Passport Books and Passport Cards will need to submit four photos.
Dickinson County Treasurer's Office
1802 Hill Avenue, Suite 1101
P.O. Box AD
Spirit Lake, IA 51360
County Treasurer - Kris Rowley
Property Tax Deputy - Emily Bossard
Motor Vehicle Division Deputy - Christina Ostovic
Driver's License Deputy - Michelle Caskey
Office Assistant - Patricia Andersen
Office Assistant - Ann Aalgaard
Office Assistant - Terri Foss
Driver's License Assistant - Patti Olthoff
Driver's License Assistant - Cheryl Wee
The Treasurer's Office is closed for county observed holidays which include: New Year's Day, President's Day, Memorial Day, the Fourth of July, Labor Day, Veteran's Day, Thanksgiving, the day after Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve and Christmas.
Property Taxes - Pay online! An eCheck is cheaper than a postage stamp - a 30 cents service charge vs 55 cents postage!
The new taxes payable September 2019/March 2020 were certified to the county treasurer on July 18, 2019. The tax statements are expected to be mailed out in early August 2019.
Property Tax Due Dates:
Payments can be made online, by mail or in the office.
The first half of property taxes is due September 1, 2019, and becomes delinquent on October 1, 2019. The second half of property taxes is due March 1, 2020. Delinquent interest will be added on April 1, 2020.
Payments can be completed using Discover, MasterCard, Visa, American Express, and e-Checks through this Internet site by searching for your property tax information by your name or by the parcel number or by mailing the amount due, including any interest penalties, to the Treasurer's Office.
Cash, checks, eChecks, Discover Card, MasterCard, Visa, and American Express can be accepted for payment at the Treasurer's Office. There is also an ATM at the Courthouse for your convenience in paying with cash.
A service delivery fee is applied to credit card payments and eCheck payments. Returned checks and returned e-check fees are $30.00 each.
Paying Property Taxes Online
Search for your property tax information by your name or by the parcel number.
Tax sales may NOT be redeemed over the Internet site but can be redeemed at the Treasurer's Office.
Subsequent tax sale payments may be paid by tax sale investors at the Dickinson County Treasurer's Office in person or by mail on or after November 15, 2019, or on and after May 15, 2020. if the property taxes are still unpaid by the property owner. These are not eligible for online payments. Subsequent payments paid online in Dickinson County will credit the payment to the property owner and will not be added to the tax sale certificate.
The Dickinson County Tax Sale will be held on Monday, June 17, 2019 at 9:00 AM in the Community Room of the Dickinson County Courthouse.
Dickinson County is no longer accepting registration packets for the June 17, 2019 tax sale. The maximum amount of registrations for the tax sale has been met.
Adjourned tax sales are held monthly. Contact the Dickinson County Treasurer's Office for more information.
2019 Tax Sale Delinquent Tax Publication List is available by clicking here as well as on the Dickinson County Iowa website. The Publication List will be published in the Dickinson County News on Wednesday, June 5, 2019. A more detailed list can be purchased through the county treasurer's office for $100.00 and emailed to the purchaser.
2019 Tax Sale Delinquent Tax Publication List UPDATED 06/18/2019
Motor Vehicle Tags Renewal - Renew online with an eCheck - only a 30 cents service charge vs 50 cents for a postage stamp!
Most delinquent tags are now able to be renewed online, starting with tags considered delinquent August 1, 2009. Contact the Treasurer's Office for assistance if you are not able to renew online.
The State of Iowa is in the process of replacing license plates older than 10 years. This started in April of 2012. At the time your plate qualifies, you will automatically receive a new plate. A $3.00 postage charge is added to the price of the renewal unless you renew in person at the treasurer's office.
Iowa has a new county plate design, effective May 2018!
Check out personalized license plates! They make a nice gift!
Driver's License Services
Driver's License Services:
The Dickinson County Driver's License Station is open Monday through Friday.
Hours are 9:00 AM - 1:00 PM and from 2:00 PM - 4:30 PM.
Visit us before 4:00 PM if you are a new driver to Iowa!
GET A REAL ID BEFORE OCTOBER 1, 2021 - WHAT DOCUMENTS DO I NEED TO BRING WITH ME
Save time by coming prepared! Find out what documents you need to get your REAL ID gold star driver's licenses or identification card. What documents do I need?
REAL ID-Marked Driver's Licenses and Identification Cards
Iowa began issuing REAL ID-compliant driver's licenses (DL's) and identification cards (ID's) on January 15, 2013, in compliance with the REAL ID Act of 2005. Presently, October 1, 2021 is the date REAL ID's or US Passports will be required for flying in all commercial aircraft in the United States. The REAL ID Act promotes security in the issuance of DL's and ID cards and deters identify theft and fraud by requiring states to meet certain physical and procedural security standards for production and issuance of DL's and ID cards as well as insuring documentation standards are met, including proof of identity, date of birth, Social Security number, residence and lawful status or presence. REAL ID-marked DL's and ID's can be used for "official federal purposes" as well as for driving or identification. "Official federal purposes" are defined as boarding commercial aircraft, entering federal buildings that require identification and entering nuclear power plants.
For more information on REAL ID and how to obtain a REAL ID-marked card, visit: REAL ID Information.
Iowa has a new driver's license and ID card, effective June 4, 2018
All transfers of Driver's Licenses to Iowa from Out-of-State, first-time Iowa Driver's Licenses, First-time Iowa Identification Cards and updates to REAL ID Licenses MUST be initiated before 3:45 PM to allow adequate processing time.
The State of Iowa began the transition to issuing 8 year licenses on January 1, 2014. For more details click: Eight Year Driver's License. The transition will occur over the next 5 years, from 2014 through 2018. During that time the DOT will randomly assign customers five, six, seven or eight year licenses designed to equally spread the renewal volumes over an eight year period. The yearly fee will not change. The basic yearly fees remain $4.00 per year for a noncommercial license, $8.00 per year for a commercial driver's license and $2.00 per year for a motorcycle endorsement.
Central Issue of Driver's Licenses and Identification Cards
The State of Iowa has changed to a central issuance system for driver's licenses and identification cards. Under the new system, Iowans will continue to report to a driver's license station in the State of Iowa. Dickinson County's station is located at the Dickinson County Courthouse just inside the west door of the building next to the Treasurer's Office, open Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. - 1 p.m. and 2 p.m. - 4 p.m. The application process and requirements for a license will remain the same. The costs for licenses and identification cards will remain the same. There are, however, two significant changes:
- A temporary paper license will be issued at the station and current licenses and identification cards presented for updating will be returned.
- In approximately two weeks the actual plastic license or identification card will be sent through the US Postal Service to the mailing address given. More information can be found at the Iowa Department of Transportation's website: Driver's License Central Issuance Information.
The Iowa Dept. of Transportation has the following online driver's license services: Online Driver's License Renewal (see the DOT website for qualifications); Signup for Receiving Renewal Notifications by Email; Making Mailing Address Changes; Accessing Driver Records; CDL Self-Certification; Medical Examiner's Certification; Accessing Reinstatement Requirements. Click the above link for the Iowa DOT's myMVD website.