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COVID-19 Response

Iowa Governor Reynolds has issued several Proclamation of Disaster Emergencies relating to the COVID-19 pandemic.  These proclamations affect vehicle registration renewals and property taxes as follows:  

Vehicle Registration Renewals: Delinquent penalties on unpaid annual registration fees with a renewal month of January, February, March, April, May and June will not be charged for the duration of the proclamation.  Penalty for these renewal months will begin to be enforced on September 1, 2020. 

Property Taxes: Additional late interest and penalty on unpaid property taxes cannot be imposed during the duration of the proclamation.  The proclamation is set to expire July 31, 2020 at midnight.   

Additional COVID-19 Information:

Building Restrictions & Closures

Vehicle Registration - Questions & Answers

Property Tax - Questions & Answers

 

Building Restrictions & Closures 

County Reopening Date Reopening Information & Methods for Conducting Treasurer Business  Office Information
Buchanan 6/1/2020  - by appointment only

Treasurer staff can assist customers by email, phone, drop box or mail.

Driver’s License - No testing or drive tests at this time.

 Buchanan Contact Information
Dickinson 6/3/20 - by appointment only

Treasurer staff can assist customers by email, phone or mail.

Motor Vehicle & Property Tax - By appointment only.  Only 1 individual is allowed in the building for each appointment. Appointment preferences will be giving for car transfers and out-of-state move-ins.

Driver’s License - By appointment only.  Only 1 individual is allowed in the DL office unless it is a parent/child for a child DL transaction.  Drive tests will not be given at this time. Appointment preferences will be giving for driver’s permit issuance, CDL issuance, OOS driver issuance.

Visitor Requirements Customers must wear face masks; their temperatures will be taken at the courthouse door. No admittance if 100 degrees or over.

 Dickinson Contact Information
Floyd 6/4/20 - by appointment only Treasurer staff can assist customers by email, phone or mail.  Floyd Contact Information
Iowa 5/18/20 - by appointment only

Property Tax - Should be paid online, by mail or placed in our drop box ONLY.

Motor Vehicle - Title Transfers by appointment ONLY.  Motor Vehicle Renewals should be paid online, by mail or placed in our drop box.

Driver’s License - Driver License renewal and computer knowledge testing by appointment ONLY. No Drive Tests at this time. 

 Iowa Contact Information
Johnson 6/8/20 - by appointment only Treasurer staff can assist customers by email, phone, drop box or mail.  Johnson Contact Information
Linn 7/20/20 - by appointment only

Treasurer staff can assist customers by email, phone, drop box or mail.

Click here to complete title transfer during office closure

Appointments will be limited to difficult title transfers, tax sale redemption, plate exchanges and NSF/Revocations.

 Linn Contact Information
Montgomery 5/4/20 Appointments are no longer required. We encourage customers to practice social distancing, wear masks and conduct business via online, phone, mail and email when possible.
Drive exams will be available starting on 6/11/2020.
 Montgomery Contact Information
Polk 8/3/20 (tentative) - by appointment only Treasurer staff can assist customers by email, phone, drop box or mail. The Treasurer's Office is accepting Dealer drop offs and pick ups at the front of the building from 8 AM to 11 AM.  Polk Contact Information
Pottawattamie 6/8/20

Treasurer staff can assist customers by email, phone, drop box or mail.

Temporary office hours: 8:00 to 4:00 M-F.

Limited number of customers in the office at one time.  To be seen, customers must be in line by 3:45 PM.

Dealer drop offs only!  Dealers are not allowed to wait inside the building at this time.

 Pottawattamie Contact Information
Poweshiek 5/18/20 - by appointment only

Treasurer staff can assist customers by email, phone or mail.

Driver’s License - No driving tests until further notice.

 Poweshiek Contact Information

 

COVID-19 Questions & Answers

Vehicle Registration Renewals

Question 1: 

If my renewal month is December (or earlier) and I pay my delinquent renewal prior to September 1st, will my delinquent penalty be reduced or eliminated?

Answer 1: 

No, the Governor’s Proclamation only addressed suspending delinquent penalty for Registration Renewal months of January, February, March, April, May, June and July.

Question 2: 

I have a January renewal and I renewed my plates on March 10th, including one-month’s delinquent penalty. Can I get a refund of the delinquent penalty I paid?

Answer 2: 

No, if you paid delinquent penalty on a January renewal prior to the Governor’s proclamation dated March 16, 2020, you are NOT eligible for a refund.

Question 3: 

My vehicle registration has expired; can I still drive my vehicle on Iowa roadways?

Answer 3: 

The Governor’s proclamation only addresses vehicle registrations that have expired within 60-days of the proclamation.  If your vehicle registration month is January, February, March, April, May, June or July, under the Governor’s proclamation, you are allowed to operate a vehicle with expired registration within the boundaries of the State of Iowa.

Question 4: 

My vehicle registration renewal month was January 2020.  If I am not able to pay my registration prior to the updated penalty enforcement date of September 1, 2020, how much penalty will I owe?

Answer 4: 

The Governor’s proclamation suspends penalty on vehicle registrations for renewal months of January, February, March, April, May, June and July.  If registration is not paid prior to September 1st, one-months penalty will be assessed at the rate of 5% of the annual renewal fee, per vehicle, per month, rounded to the nearest dollar, with a minimum penalty of $5.00 per vehicle. Penalty that would have been assessed for March, April, May, June, July and August has been waived.

Property Taxes

Question 1:

Does the proclamation eliminate late interest on the September tax installment?

Answer 1:

The proclamation only suspends late interest and penalty that accrues after the Governor’s Proclamation was signed.  All late interest that had accrued up to March 19th remains due.

Question 2: 

If I don’t pay my taxes by the end of the proclamation (July 31st), will I owe a full month of late interest for April, May, June & July

Answer 2: 

The Governor’s Proclamation suspends late interest and penalty from being imposed during the proclamation (March 19th - July 31st) so NO late interest or penalty will be assessed for April, May, June or July.  On August 1st, late interest will begin to accrue at the rate of 1.5% per month (rounded to nearest dollar) with a minimum of one dollar.

Question 3: 

Does the Governor’s proclamation change the due date of the March Installment?

Answer 3: 

No, the proclamation does not change the March property tax deadline.  The proclamation only suspends the assessment of late interest and penalty during the proclamation, giving the property owner additional time to pay their property taxes without late interest.