Polk County Treasurer

Blackout Plates are Back!

Blackout Plate

Polk County, Iowa, Huge hit “Blackout” license plate is Back!

The Polk County Treasurer’s Office inventory of Blackout Plates has been restocked.  Please be patient as we are experiencing significant customer traffic in the office.  The extremely high popularity of the Blackout Plate, in addition to the property tax deadline and usual monthly vehicle title/registration activity, is resulting in a Public Service Room full of customers.  We recommend you check our website www.PolkCountyIowa.gov/Treasurer to see the number of customers waiting prior to visiting our office.

Non-Personalized Blackout Plates (County Treasurer of your residence)

1.You have to go to your County Treasurer to exchange your current plates for Blackout Plates

2.What you need to bring with you:

-Current plates
-Current registration
-Money:  Non-personalized Blackout Plates cost $35 and have an additional $10 renewal fee each year
-Patience – The Blackout Plates are in extremely high demand and it is a very busy time of year in the Treasurer’s Office so we are assisting a high volume of customers

Personalized Blackout Plate (Iowa DOT)

If you are wanting personalized Blackout Plates, you will need to order them online from the Iowa DOT:  https://iowadot.gov/mvd/personalizedplates/home.aspx

If you want to switch your current personalized plates to personalized Blackout Plates, you need to complete the personal plate form (https://iowadot.gov/mvd/vehicleregistration/vehicleregistration/plates/blackout) and mail it directly to Iowa DOT

Office of Vehicle & Motor Carrier Services
P.O. Box 9278, Des Moines, IA
50306-9278

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Polk County Administration Building
111 Court Avenue, Rm 154
Des Moines, Iowa 50309-2298


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