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Payment Options

We have the following payment options available to you when paying your Polk County property or vehicle renewal (tag) taxes. Please choose a method of payment that will be convenient for you and will give you the best assurance that your payment will arrive on time. If you choose to mail your payment, make sure that you have a proper U.S. Postal Service postmark. Phone numbers and hours:

Pay Online, Not In Line:
Pay in Person:
Payment Drop Box:

Pay Online, Not In Line

Pay property and vehicle renewal (tag) taxes online by electronic check, credit card or debit card at www.IowaTaxAndTags.gov.


Accepted Payment Types: electronic check, credit card and debit card. Service fees apply.

Property Tax Division: 515–286-3060
Please have the district and parcel number or the address of the property for which you are paying.

Vehicle Division: 515-286-3030
Please have available the license plate number or title number for which you are paying.


Property tax and vehicle renewal payments can be made by check, cashiers check, and/or money order. DO NOT SEND CASH by mail. Credit cards are NOT accepted through the mail.

If you choose to mail your payment, please mail it early and use the envelope that is provided with your tax and/or vehicle statement. Also, be sure to affix the correct amount of postage on the envelope--including extra postage for oversized and/or heavy envelopes. We cannot accept mail that has postage due. Mailed payments must have a U.S. Postal Service postmark dated on or before the due date to avoid a late interest.

The U.S. Postal Service postmark is the only date recognized for date of mailing. We do not accept the date written on your check or a business metered date as proof of the mailing date. Before mailing your payment, check with your local post office to make sure the postmark date will be prior to the interest and/or penalty date. If you want to be sure that your payment has a postmark before the interest and/or penalty date, have the post office postmark the envelope in your presence.

Make payable to:
Mary Maloney, Polk County Treasurer

Mail payment to:
Polk County Treasurer
Polk County Administration Building
111 Court Avenue, Room 154
Des Moines, IA 50309-2298

Pay in person

Pay in person by visiting:
Polk County Treasurer
Polk County Administration Building
111 Court Avenue, Room 154
Des Moines, IA 50309-2298

Payments in person may be made by cash, check, cashier check, money order, electronic check, credit card and debit card. Service fees apply to electronic check, credit card and debit card payments.

Payment Drop Box

Customers may 'drop off' their property tax and/or vehicle renewal payments at the 'payment drop box'. Customers using this payment method should attach their check to the billing document and double check to insure the amount of the check matches the amount due on the billing document.

Items placed in the drop box by midnight on all deadlines will be considered timely received and will be processed within twenty-four business hours. Registration renewal receipts and tags will be mailed to the vehicle owners. Cash payments are not allowed in the drop box. Those customers who wish to pay by cash must report to room 154 for Cashier processing.

The payment drop box is located at the North end of the parking lot at:
111 Court Avenue
Des Moines, IA 50309-2298

Phone numbers and hours

Property Tax (515) 286-3060 7:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Phones are answered from 7:00 a.m. - 4:45 p.m.
Vehicle Division (515) 286-3030 7:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. (for title transfers)
7:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. (for all other transactions)
Phones are answered from 7:00 a.m. - 4:45 p.m.
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