Polk County Treasurer
Mary L. Wells
March 23, 2021
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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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 be open by appointment only for Title Transfers and New to Iowa Move-Ins beginning October 1st. Vehicle Renewal and Property Tax transactions should be completed online, by phone, mail or drop box. 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)
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.
County Treasurer - Mary L. Wells
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 - Friday, January 1, 2021
- Martin Luther King Jr. - Monday, January 18, 2021
- President's Day - Monday, February 15, 2021
- Memorial Day - Monday, May 31, 2021
- Independence Day - Monday, July 5, 2021 (Observed)
- Labor Day - Monday, September 6, 2021
- Veteran's Day - Thursday, November 11, 2021
- Thanksgiving Day - Thursday, November 25, 2021
- Thanksgiving - Friday, November 26, 2021
- Christmas Eve Day - Thursday, December 23, 2021 (Observed)
- Christmas Day - Friday, December 24, 2021 (Observed)
- New Year's Day - Friday, December 31, 2021 (Observed)
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
Property Tax Staff
Deputy Treasurer - Jodi Gjersvik
Adminstrative Supervisor - Rachael Hagedorn
Administrative Supervisor - Mary Mahnke
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.
PROPERTY TAX FORMS
Browse common Property Tax related forms Property Tax Forms
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
Deputy Treasurer - Pam Blankenfeld
Administrative Supervisor - Glenda Cogley
Administrative Supervisor - Chris Guhl
Administrative Supervisor - Raquel Hoveland
ORDER PERSONALIZED AND SPECIALTY PLATES ONLINE
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.
Browse common Title/Registration and related forms Vehicle Forms
Driver's License Services
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