Polk County Treasurer

  • If I sell my vehicle and do not replace it, do I get a refund for the unused portion of my registration payment?

    If you sell a vehicle and DO NOT replace the vehicle within 30 days, you may apply for a refund. The following is required:

    • You have up to six months after you sell your vehicle to apply for a refund.
    • The calculated unused portion of the registration fee must be $10 or more to receive a refund. The refund is calculated from the date the vehicle is disposed to the expiration of the registration.
    • The license plates must be turned in and the date of disposal disclosed at any county treasurer’s office.
    • The refund is submitted to the State of Iowa by the County Treasurer and the refund will take approximately four weeks to receive.
  • If I sell my vehicle, can I use the same plates on my new vehicle?

    To use your old license plates; you must sell, trade, or junk your vehicle and you have 6 months in which to use those plates on a new vehicle.

    • The calculated unused portion of the registration fee must be $10 or more to receive a credit.
    • The plate number and VIN of the vehicle sold shall be listed on the Iowa Application for Title and/or Registration.
  • If I move out-of-state and register my vehicle in the other state, do I get a refund for the unused portion of my registration payment?

    Yes, if you can prove your vehicle is registered in the other state a refund will be issued on the unused portion of the registration payment.

    • You have up to six months to apply for a refund from the time you register your vehicle in the other state.
    • The calculated unused portion of the registration fee must be $10 or more to receive a refund.
    • Your Iowa plates, a copy of the out-of-state registration, and the claim for refund form shall be submitted to the County Treasurer. Claim for refund form

Contact Us

Polk County Administrative Building
111 Court Avenue, Room 154
Des Moines, Iowa 50309-2298
Vehicle:  515-286-3030 (7-4:45 pm)
Property:  515-286-3060 (7-4:45 p.m.)
Vehicle@PolkCountyIowa.gov
PropertyTax@PolkCountyIowa.gov
Treasurer@PolkCountyIowa.gov