Polk County Auditor

2020 Polk County Dog License

Delinquent after June 30, 2020 - The Polk County Auditor’s Office issues dog licenses to citizens that live in UNINCORPORATED Polk County. We also issue dog licenses for cities that do not issue licenses per a Polk County ordinance:

Ordinance No. 136

Concerning Licensing of Dogs and Control of Abandoned or At-Large Dogs

1. License Required

Section 3, a person required to obtain a dog license who resides in any unincorporated area of Polk County, or in a municipality in the County which does not license dogs, shall obtain the license from the County Auditor or Auditor’s designee.

Per this ordinance, we issue licenses for anyone in unincorporated Polk County (outside the city limits) AND the following cities: Altoona, Bondurant, Mitchellville, Runnells and parts of Carlisle and Sheldahl (that are located in Polk County).

If you live in the city limits of all other Polk County cities, contact the City Hall of that city.

Please call 286-3079 if you have any questions.

2020 License - If you purchased a 2019 dog license, the 2020 license application will be sent via mail.

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Main Office

Administration Building
111 Court Avenue, Room 230
Des Moines, IA 50309
Mon - Fri: 8 - 5, except holidays


Phone: (515) 286-3080

Fax: (515) 286-3608


Election Office

George Paletta Building
120 2nd Avenue, Suite A
Des Moines, IA 50309 
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Phone: (515) 286-3247

Fax: (515) 286-2099


Central Accounting

Administration Building
111 Court Avenue, Room 315
Des Moines, IA 50309 
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Phone: (515) 286-3753

Fax: (515) 323-5253