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Dickinson County Treasurer

Kris Rowley

Took Office:
January 01, 2007

The Dickinson County Treasurer's Office is committed to delivering professional, courteous and prompt service as we assist you with your property tax, motor vehicle registration and titling, driver's license and Passport photo needs. We are focused on providing you with topnotch service in person, on the telephone and online. Our office offers online payments at your convenience day or night. The Treasurer's Office is located in Dickinson County's beautiful new Courthouse near the Spirit Lake and Okoboji lake chains.

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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Phone Number

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.  


Visitor Requirements:
      - Face masks are optional
      - Social Distancing is Required

Property Taxes and Motor Vehicle – We are asking the public to pay property tax and motor vehicle renewals online, by mail, by drop box or on the phone whenever possible.
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.


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.

Mailing Address

Dickinson County Treasurer's Office
1802 Hill Avenue, Suite 1101
P.O. Box AD
Spirit Lake, IA 51360


Office Staff

County Treasurer - Kris Rowley
Property Tax Deputy - Emily Bossard
Motor Vehicle Division Deputy - Christina Ostovic       
Driver's License Deputy - Michelle Caskey 
Office Assistant - Ann Aalgaard
Office Assistant - Kendra Clayton       
Office Assistant - Crystal Gilmore
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 Tax

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 2020/March 2021 were certified to the county treasurer on July 27, 2020.  The tax statements were mailed out on August 12, 2020, and eNotice Online tax statements were emailed on August 12, 2020, to property owners who signed up for this service. 

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, 2020, and becomes delinquent on October 1, 2020.  The second half of property taxes is due March 1, 2021.  Delinquent interest will be added on April 1, 2021.

Payment Information

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, 2020, or on and after May 15, 2021.  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.

2021 TAX SALE - JUNE 21, 2021

The Dickinson County Tax Sale will be held on Monday, June 21, 2021 at 9:00 AM in the Community Room of the Dickinson County Courthouse.

2021 Tax Sale Delinquent Tax Publication List will be available early June here on as well as on the Dickinson County website. It will be published in the Dickinson County News on Wednesday, June 2, 2021.  A more detailed list can be purchased through the County Treasurer’s office for $100.00 and emailed to purchaser.

2021 Dickinson County Tax Sale Registration

2021 W-9 Form

2021 Certificate of Existence

2021 Tax Sale Delinquent Tax Publication

Vehicle Renewals

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!

Personalized Plates



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! 


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: 

  1. A temporary paper license will be issued at the station and current licenses and identification cards presented for updating will be returned.
  2. 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.

Online Driver's License Services

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.

Deaf or Hard-of-Hearing Indicator Driver's License Designations

During an in-person, online, or kiosk issuance transaction, you can request that your license or ID indicate your status as “deaf” or “hard-of-hearing.” If you choose to add this to your license or ID, it will also be visible in the database used by law enforcement to lookup a driver’s information during a traffic stop. This information may help officers better understand a customer’s behavior if they appear to be non‐responsive to verbal questions due to their hearing status, resulting in a more successful interaction with a deaf or hard-of-hearing individual. This is a voluntary indicator and is not a restriction of driving privileges.

Click the image below to view a short video on the Deaf or Hard-of-Hearing indicator: 

Deaf of Hard-of-Hearing Designation  (Video has no audio)