Polk County Treasurer

Registration Fees By Vehicle Type

Registration Fees – Iowa Code 321.109, 321.115 Through 321.123

Type of VehicleFee Formula and Registration Information
(Motor vehicle equipped with life support systems)
Used for transporting sick or injured persons needing medical care to medical facilities.
(Motor vehicle 25 years old or older)
$23 (1970-1983) or
$16 (1969 and older) if it’s a car or MPV owned before 1/1/2009.
$50 if purchased after 1/1/2009

An autocycle is a three-wheeled vehicle that has a steering wheel and seating that does not require the operator to straddle or sit astride.  These vehicles typically have bucket seats, seat belts, a steering wheel, and gas and break pedals similar to a car.

Model Years OldFee
1 – 5 $20
6 or older $10
(Excluding church, private school and transit bus)
Gross weight based on empty weight of the vehicle plus 150 pounds multiplied by the number of passenger seats in the vehicle.
Church Bus $25
Private-School Bus No Fee - Plates Issued at State Level
Transit Bus No Fee - Plates Issued at State Level
Electric Automobile
If owned prior to 1-1-2014 (Battery Powered)
Model Years OldFee
1 – 5 $25
6 or older $15
Note Fees apply if registered to the same owner prior to January 1, 2014. Otherwise, fees are based on weight, list price, and model year of vehicle.
Hearse $50
Motor Homes

Class A

Suggested Retail List PriceModel Years OldFee
$80,000 & over: 1 – 5 $400
  6 & older $300
$40,000 to $79,999: 1 – 5 $200
  6 & older $150
$20,000 to $39,999: 1 – 5 $140
  6 & older $105
Less than $20,000: 1 - 5 $120
  6 & older $85

Class B (Van type vehicle)

Model Years OldFee
1 – 5 $ 90
6 & older $ 65

Class C

Model Years OldFee
1 – 5 $110
6 & older $80
Model Years OldFee*
1 – 5 $20*
6 or older $10*
Motorized Bicycle
Multipurpose Vehicles - 1992 and older models $55
Examples: Chevrolet Blazer, Ford Bronco, IHC Scout, AMC Jeep CJ, and Dodge Ram Charger.

$60 Special Equipped

321.109 – A motor vehicle that has permanently installed equipment manufactured for and necessary to assist a person with a disability who is either the owner or a member of the owner’s household, in entering and exiting the vehicle, or if the owner or a member of the owner’s household uses a wheelchair as the only means of mobility, the annual registration fee is $60.

Specially Equipped Vehicle Owner’s Certification
Passenger cars, electric, low speed vehicles, 1993 and newer multipurpose vehicles, and 2010 and newer model year trucks (10K or less)
(Includes all motor vehicles except trucks, truck tractor, motor homes, ambulances, hearses, motorcycles and motorized bicycles.)
Model Years OldPercent of List Price
1 – 7 1.00
8 – 9 0.75
10 – 11 0.50
12 and after $50

Example: Weight: 3,000 pounds, list price: $18,500
3,000 lbs x .40% = $12
$18,500 x 1% = $185
Annual Fee = $197
Semi Trailer
(Some part of the weight of the semi trailer and load rests upon the towing vehicle.)
Special Truck & Truck Tractor
(Does not include a truck tractor operated more than 15,000 miles annually.)
Special Truck Fees Chart
Small Regular Trailer Less Than 2,000 lbs $20
Regular Trailer 2,000 lbs or greater $30
Travel Trailer
(Designed as a place of human habitation for vacation or recreational purposes.)
Based on square footage of floor space rounded to nearest whole dollar.
Model Years OldFee
1 – 6 $ .30 per sq. ft.
7 & older 75% of original fee
Regular Truck, Truck Tractor, and Buses Gross weight or combined gross weight of combination of vehicles. Certain motor trucks registered for 6 tons or less, towing trailers or semi trailers, not for hire, are exempt from registration for combined gross weight.

Regular Truck Fees Chart
Business Trade Truck

A business trade truck is 2010 model year > and weighs 10k or less and owned by a Corp., LLC, or Partnership, or By a person who files a schedule C or schedule F form with IRS which is eligible for depreciation under the IRS Code.

Leased – Same above criteria except: The lessee is a Corp, LLC, or Partnership and the truck is used primarily for purposes of the business, or the lessee is a person who files a schedule C or F form with IRS and the truck is used primarily for purposes of the person's own business or farming operation.

Penalties, up to $2,250, apply for falsely registering a vehicle as a business-trade truck. The owner must self-certify on the title application and each renewal to maintain business-trade usage.

Business Trade Truck Fees Chart

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.)