Experience The Convenience - Pay Online!


The Humboldt County Treasurer's Office is now open to the public.  For Motor Vehicle or Property Tax processing you may transact your business between 8:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. Monday through Friday.  Please be aware that there are only two work stations to wait on customers.  If these two areas are in use, you are asked to wait in the hallway until a customer exits the office. 

For Driver License processing, appointments are still required.  Please call the office at 515-332-2993 to schedule your appointment or to obtain additional information.  There are currently NO written or drive tests being administered at this time.

There is also a drop box located on the north side of the court house by the center door for your use in paying property taxes or motor vehicle renewals.  We appreciate your patience and understanding.



First Half due by September 30, 2020 and Second Half due by March 31, 2021

Covers Tax Period July 1, 2019 through June 30, 2020

Based on Valuation as of January 1, 2019

                              Pay Property Taxes                                Pay Vehicle Renewals



Bill of Sale Required for Transferring Vehicle Titles Beginning January 1, 2020

Effective January 1, 2020, the Humboldt County Treasurer's Office will require customers to provide a bill of sale when transferring titles to motor vehicles between private parties.  A bill of sale or purchase agreement is already required for vehicles purchased from a dealership.

The Iowa State County Treasurer's Association (ISCTA) in conjunction with the Iowa Department of Revenue (IDR) aim to substantiate vehicle purchase prices, which have a direct impact on the fees that are remitted to the State's Road Use Tax fund.

The ISCTA Executive Board is encouraging all 99 counties to proactively require a bill of sale to be completed by both the seller and the buyer in advance of any administrative mandate.

Many counties already require a bill of sale between private parties and are allowed to do so pursuant to section 321.13 of the Iowa Code.  Humboldt County will join other counties and require a bill of sale effective January 1, 2020.  The Bill of Sale should include the seller's name, make of the vehicle, year of the vehicle, Vehicle Identification Number (VIN), buyer's name, date of sale, purchase price, and signature of seller.

A bill of sale form (PDF) is available HERE.


Online Vehicle Renewals: 

  • Vehicles with personalized or special emblem plates may not be renewed online after the second month after the expiration.  (Ex: If the plate’s registration month is December, you cannot renew the vehicle online after February 28th.)
  • A vehicle registration cannot be renewed online after the 8th month of penalty.  (Ex: If the plate’s registration month is December, you will not be able to renew online after September 30th.) 
  • Half year license and apportioned vehicles are not eligible for online renewal at this time. 
  • Fire fighter plates cannot be renewed online.
  • If you have SR22 or have outstanding debts to the Clerk of Court, Department of Revenue or owe child support you will not be able to renew online.

Accepted On-Line Payment Methods:  eCheck, Discover, MasterCard and Visa are accepted for Internet transactions

 Accepted Office Payment Methods:

    Motor Vehicle and Taxes:  Cash, Check, Master Card, Visa, & Discover

    Driver’s License:  Cash, Check, Master Card, Visa & Discover

 December Truck Renewals - Remember if your truck is licensed for 28 ton or more, you need to show your Federal Heavy Vehicle Use Tax payment or exemption filed with the IRS (aka 2290).  We have the form in our office otherwise you can download it from the IRS website.  IRS Phone:  800-829-1040

Form - http://www.irs.gov/pub/irs-pdf/f2290.pdf

Instructions - http://www.irs.gov/pub/irs-pdf/i2290.pdf

To access Humboldt County’s Website, click HERE.

To access the Humboldt County Assessor’s property information and pdf property tax statement, click HERE.


2019 Tax Sale Bidder Information


FYI’s regarding Humboldt County Property Taxes...

  •  Pay taxes by 4:00 pm, Friday, May, 31, 2019 to avoid being published in the newspaper
  •  Pay taxes by 4:00 pm, Friday, June 14, 2019 to not be sold at the Tax Sale
  •  No taxes will be collected in the office or on the Internet on Monday, June 17, 2019

                           DT List Bidder 2019                                               DT Pub Bid 2019          

                          MH DT 2019                                                    MH Pub Bid 2019


   Drivers's License Practice Test


CDL Practice Tests


                     Driver's License/ID Renewal                               Check License/ID card Mailing Date

                     Specialty and Personalized Plate Orders               Electronic Renewal Notification

                     Mailing Address Change                                      Check CDL Certification

                     Non-Certified Driving Record                               Purchase Certified Driving Record

                     Reinstatement Requirements                              Payment of Civil Penalties

For information on Personalized and Specialty plates, click HERE.

To order a Personalized or Specialty plate, click HERE.

Office Hours

  • Property Tax:  8:00 - 4:00/ Monday - Friday
  • Titles and Registrations:  8:00 - 4:00/ Monday - Friday
  • Driver License: 8:30 - 4:00 / Monday - Friday (availability is subject to change)
  •      Apppointments are required.  Please call 515-332-2993.
  •      Written Testing: 8:30 - 3:00 / Monday - Friday
  •      Car Drive Tests: Fridays by appointment

Contact Information

Our Location

Humboldt County Treasurer’s Office                                                                                        

203 Main St                                                                                                                                   

Dakota City, IA  50529

Handicap parking is located on the northeast corner of the courthouse.  There is a handicap entrance on the east side of the building.  This leads directly to the elevator.  Our office is on the first floor.


Jana Bratland
10,044 - 79th


Welcome to the Humboldt County Treasurer’s Office website.  It is my intention that this site provide you access to my office 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

Currently you have the option of paying your current and delinquent property taxes or motor vehicle registration renewals online.

My office is located in the southwest corner of the first floor should you need to transact your business on site.  We are here to assist you in the collection of property tax payments, titling and registering vehicles and driver’s license issuance.

My staff is very knowledgeable and capable of handling your requests.  We look forward to working with you.

Jana, Jana P,  Kerry & Pam