The Governor’s COVID‐19 proclamation of disaster emergency contains waivers related to license plates, permits for overweight loads, and hours of service requirements for motor carriers. While the original proclamation was signed March 17, 2020, section 23 of the original proclamation provided it was effective March 16, 2020 through April 16, 2020. The proclamation was subsequently extended each month, including most recently on January 7, 2021 to last through March 7, 2021. Sections 120‐124 of the proclamation affect MVD services, and are further explained as follows:
Driver’s Licenses. This version of the proclamation does not extend the previous waivers related to driver’s license expiration dates. Please refer to Informational Memos 20‐04, 20‐09, 20‐10, and 20‐31 for additional information and guidance on the impact of the end of this waiver effective January 8, 2021.
License plates. Customers who purchased a vehicle from a dealer will not be required to display license plates on the vehicle for 90 days after delivery of the vehicle to the purchaser if the customer displays the temporary cards. This waiver will expire when the proclamation of disaster emergency has ended.
Overweight Loads for Motor Carriers. On non‐interstate roads only, trucks hauling food, medical supplies, cleaning products, other household goods, agricultural supplies and commodities (including, but not limited to, livestock, raw milk, and crop supplies) may exceed the weights listed in Iowa Code 321.463 by 12.5% without a permit, so long as they don’t exceed 20,000 pounds on an individual axle, and their total weight does not exceed 90,000 pounds. Trucks are still required to obey posted bridge restrictions.
The guidance in this memo is effective retroactively back to March 16, 2020; and will last through the end date of the current proclamation, which is March 7, 2021.
***EFFECTIVE IMMEDIATELY, AND UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE, MASKS ARE REQUIRED TO ENTER THE JEFFERSON COUNTY COURTHOUSE***
Recently, the Jefferson County Board of Supervisors approved a resolution requiring masks to be worn throughout our courthouse.
While there are many opinions regarding the effectiveness of mitigating the spread of infectious dieases (including COVID-19) by wearing a mask, the Treasurer's office will enforce the resolution*. Anyone who does not wish to follow protocol and wear a mask while in this office will be asked to leave and conduct their business remotely.
The vast majority of motor vehicle and property tax transactions can be done using this site. In-person transactions can be done from 8:00AM-4:00 PM Monday-Friday.
Drivers License/Photo ID transactions will continue to be done by appointment only. For those who either can't/won't wear a mask, they can apply for a six month extension at this link:
We frequently wipe down doorknobs and workstations, and use the last half hour of the workday to clean/sanitize the entire office.
I am asking everyone to please respect this decision and help us as we navigate through this. If you feel sick, stay home. If you can't/won't wear a mask, contact us via phone/email and we can walk you through the next steps remotely.
*EXCEPTIONS: Children 2 years of age and younger.
ATTENTION PARENTS OF FAIRFIELD, CARDINAL AND PEKIN MIDDLE SCHOOL STUDENTS!!!
PERMIT TESTING IS NOW AVAILABLE AT YOUR SCHOOL!!!
We are excited to offer the Skip the Trip driver knowledge testing program at FMS, Cardinal and Pekin! Passing the knowledge test is the first requirement needed for an individual to advance through the Graduated Drivers Licensing process.
The operator’s knowledge test has historically only been available at Driver’s License Service Centers or at County Driver’s License stations, but now is available at your school through an online portal. Skip the Trip provides an opportunity to work with you so that less time is spent away from school, work, and other activities by accessing the testing requirement in a more convenient location.
Students will be sent a video explaining the process through the school. They will also be given a packet that includes:
- Iowa Drivers Manual
- Parents Supervised Driving Program Manual
- Quick Reference Guides for Instruction Permits, Minor School and Intermediate licenses
- Letter to students and parents from the Treasurer's office
- Ink pen and bracelet provided by the Iowa Donor Network
The Jefferson County Treasurers office is open to in-person transactions from 8:00 AM-4:00 PM. The following guidelines will apply until further notice:
- Drivers License will be done by appointment only. Customers may make an appointment online (https://www.picktime.com/JeffersonCountyDL) or by calling the office. There will be no skills testing at this time. This includes motorcycle skills tests.
- Only the person needing the credential will be allowed in the office. Exceptions: minors who need parent/guardian signature & elderly/disabled who need assistance from a caregiver.
- Customers need to stop in the MV/Tax room to check in. You will be allowed into/out of the DL room by the staff member on duty (like a doctors office). Customers should not arrive more than five minutes before appointment and MAY be asked to wait outside. If a customer is more than five minutes late, that appointment will be cancelled.
- We encourage everyone to use www.iowadot.gov for anything that can be done remotely.
Motor Vehicle/Property Tax
- We will only allow three customers at a time into the MV/Tax room, and it will be on a first-come, first-served basis. Exceptions: more than one signature required on application. Overflow customers will be asked to wait behind the table in the lobby and MAY be asked to wait outside.
- We encourage everyone to use this website for vehicle renewals and tax payments.
- Our drop box will still be available for those who do not wish to come into the courthouse. The box will be checked throughout the work day.
THIS IS SUBJECT TO CHANGE BASED ON THE GUIDANCE OF PUBLIC HEALTH AND IDOT, AS WELL AS ANY PROCLAMATIONS MADE BY OUR GOVERNOR.
- Property tax/motor vehicle payments can be paid though the mail (PO Box 308), over the phone (641-472-2340/2349) or online using the links below. There is also a drop box located by the north doors that will be checked throughout each work day.
I know that there is concern with making payments to the county when there is so much uncertainty going on right now. I encourage anyone with these concerns to call the Treasurer's office and speak with me. There are different options we can explore for motor vehicle renewals and property taxes.
All Iowans with current licenses or ID's, click here for information on obtaining a REAL ID before October 1st, 2021!
What is a REAL ID?
Passed by Congress in 2005, the REAL ID Act enacted the 9/11 Commission's recommendation that the Federal Government “set standards for the issuance of sources of identification, such as driver's licenses.” The Act established minimum security standards for state-issued driver's licenses and identification cards and prohibits Federal agencies from accepting for official purposes licenses and identification cards from states that do not meet these standards. States have made considerable progress in meeting this key recommendation of the 9/11 Commission and every state has a more secure driver's license today than before the passage of the Act.
Are you new to the State? Do you have a current Iowa Driver's License or ID card, but would like to get one marked REAL ID compliant?
Find out what documents you need for any of the above here!
Click below to view and/or pay your property taxes or vehicle registration online!
Accepted On-Line Payment Methods-eCheck, Discover, MasterCard and Visa are accepted for Internet transactions.
You can now access the Assessor Property Information on each parcel from Step 3 of the property tax application.
If you would like to mail your payment, please make checks out to the Jefferson County Treasurer and send them to:
Jefferson County TreasurerPO Box 308Fairfield, IA 52556