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Polk County Treasurer

Mary Maloney

Took Office:
January 05, 1989

Mary Maloney has served as Polk County Treasurer since 1989, currently elected to her 7th Term. A 1977 Graduate of Iowa State University with a Degree in Economics, Mrs. Maloney brought a Financial and Computer Background in Business to Polk County. Under her leadership significant technological changes have been made to the office. She and her husband Peter and two children are Des Moines residents.

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.

Polk County Office Information

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Phone Number

Property Tax Division: (515) 286-3060
Vehicle Division: (515) 286-3030
Cash Management Division: (515) 286-3035
Administrative Division: (515) 286-3041


Polk County Administration Building
111 Court Avenue, Room 154
Des Moines IA 50309

Location Hourly Rate Maximum Time Limit
Administration Building Parking Lot (County Business Only) $0.50 10 Hours
3rd & Court Parking Ramp - Sky-walk Access $1.00 No Limit
Street Parking Next to the Administration Building $1.25 4 Hours
Walnut Street & Court Avenue Bridges Free No Limit



COVID-19 Update: The Polk County Treasurer's Office will remain closed to the public until further notice.  When the office does reopen, services will be provided by appointment only. 
Find more information and visitor requirements on our COVID-19 Response page.

Walk-in Customer Hours

Property Taxes and Vehicle Registration
Monday - Friday   7:00 AM - 4:30 PM

Vehicle Title Transfers
Monday - Friday   7:00 AM - 4:00 PM

Phone Customer Hours

Monday - Friday   7:00 AM - 4:30 PM (help calls in queue 4:30-5pm)

Mailing Address

Polk County Treasurer's Office
111 Court Avenue, Room 154
Des Moines, IA 50309-2298

Payment Drop Box

The Payment Drop Box is located at the north end of the Administration Building parking lot. Cash Payments are NOT accepted in the drop box.


Office Staff

County Treasurer - Mary Maloney
Chief Executive Officer - Ben Lacey
Administrative Division Deputy - Kellie Phelps           
Property Tax Division Deputy - Jodi Gjersvik
Vehicle Division Deputy - Pam Blankenfeld
Cash Management Division - Accounting Manager - Sarah Smith


The office is closed on the following dates:


  • New Year's Day - Wednesday, January 1, 2020
  • Martin Luther King Jr. - Monday, January 20, 2020
  • President's Day - Monday, February 17, 2020
  • Memorial Day - Monday, May 25, 2020
  • Independence Day - Friday, July 3, 2020 (Observed)
  • Labor Day - Monday, September 7, 2020
  • Veteran's Day - Wednesday, November 11, 2020
  • Thanksgiving Day - Thursday, November 26, 2020
  • Thanksgiving - Friday, November 27, 2020
  • Christmas Eve Day - Thursday, December 24, 2020
  • Christmas Day - Friday, December 25, 2020
  • New Year's Day - Friday, January 1, 2021

Property Tax

The Property Tax Division is responsible for collecting taxes for real estate property, mobile homes, utilities, bushels of grain, monies and credits, buildings on leased land, and city and county special assessments, including delinquent sewer rental and solid waste rates and charges for all tax levying and tax certifying entities of the county.

The Treasurer is also responsible for conducting the tax sale; processing tax sale redemptions; issuing tax sale deeds; processing tax suspensions; preparing plat and moble home tax clearances; and administering the Iowa Property Tax Credit Program based on age/income.

Property Tax Contact Information

Phone: 515-286-3060
Fax: 515-323-5202

Property Tax Staff

Deputy Treasurer - Jodi Gjersvik
Adminstrative Supervisor - Rachael Hagedorn
Administrative Supervisor - Mary Mahnke

Tax Sale

The Polk County Treasurer is responsible for the administration of the Annual Tax Sale and must offer for sale, in an open competitive bidding process (Iowa Code Chapter 446), parcels in which taxes have become delinquent. The purpose of the tax sale is to collect unpaid taxes. The Annual Tax Sale takes place in June of each year.

2019 Tax Sale Terms

Browse common Property Tax related forms Property Tax Forms

Vehicle Renewals

The Vehicle Division issues vehicle titles, registration renewals, junking certificates, personalized and other special emblem plates; notates and releases security interests; collects fee for new registration (use tax), registration, and document fees; processes credits and refunds on vehicle registration fees; and serves as an agent of the Iowa Department of Transportation and Department of Revenue and Finance.

Vehicle Contact Information

Phone: 515-286-3030
Fax: 515-323-5202

Vehicle Staff

Deputy Treasurer - Pam Blankenfeld
Administrative Supervisor - Glenda Cogley
Administrative Supervisor - Chris Guhl
Administrative Supervisor - Raquel Hoveland


The Iowa DOT website allows you to personalize your license plate, check availability, and reserve it.  If it is available and approved, your plates will be manufactured and delivered to the county treasurer's office in the county where you live.  You will be notified when the plates are ready to be picked up.

Personalized and Specialty Plates 


Browse common Title/Registration and related forms Vehicle Forms

Driver's License Services

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