Payment Methods

Pay Online

Pay property tax or registration renewal fees online at:

It's easy, convenient, and secure!

Get instant confirmation of your payment. Registration is mailed out the next business day after payment is made.

Pay by Phone

Pay by electronic check, credit card, and debit card. Fees may apply.

Call 515-286-3030 for vehicle payments

Call 515-286-3060 for property tax payments

Please have the following information on hand when you call:

  • Property Tax Payments: Parcel # or address of the property
  • Vehicle: for registration renewals, have license plate number available

Pay by Mail/Drop Box

Transactions submitted by mail can only be paid by check, cashier's check, or money order. No cash or credit card payments!


Make all checks payable to: Mary L. Wells, Polk County Treasurer

Mail to:

Polk County Treasurer

111 Court Ave, Room 154

Des Moines, IA 50309

If transacting by mail, please include your phone number in case there are any additional questions or an alternative method of payment is needed.

Proof of the mailing date is based on the U.S. Postal Service postmark.

Payments made by drop box by midnight on the date of a deadline will be considered as received on time. The drop box is located on the south side of the Polk County Administration Building (pictured below).

Image of drop box, located at the south side of the Polk County Administration Building. Photo of Drop Box for payments, documents, or returned license plates.

Regular hours are Monday - Friday, 7:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. Third Thursday, 9 a.m - 4:30 p.m. For faster sevice, schedule an appointment.