On May 26, 2020 Governor Reynolds extended her proclamation to June 25, 2020. This continuation affects property tax payments, motor vehicle transactions and driver’s license transactions.

Penalty and late fees on property tax payments are now waived through June 25 to help give some assistance to Iowans dealing with the impact of COVID-19’s arrival in our state. VandenBerg stated “In order to avoid any penalty on your March 2020 property tax payment all payments must be postmarked, paid online at www.iowatreasurers.org, or placed in the drop box (west side of the courthouse) by 4 p.m. on June 25.” This proclamation did not extend the payment deadline of March 31, 2020; only the penalty assessment date.

“My staff and I are still here at the office handling our workflow and answering questions by phone and email. Many of the driver’s license and motor vehicle deadlines have been extended through a State of Public Health Emergency Proclamation made by Governor Reynolds on March 17 and extended to June 25. Please keep in mind that once the proclamation is allowed to expire you may be limited on the number of days you have to complete a transaction, please call our office to set up an appointment for a title transfer or driver’s license transaction, we are prioritizing these transactions and following IDOT recommendations, 641-932-5011.”

VandenBerg added, “Currently you need to pay your property taxes and motor vehicle renewals online at www.iowatreasurers.org or through the mail or place them in the drop box. If you are paying with an echeck you will need a pin number—if you do not have that number please call the office and we will be glad to assist.” You can also find many of the IDOT documents/forms that you need on the same website.

A new secure drop box has been installed on the west side of the courthouse—this will allow customers the ability to drop items off 24/7/365. This drop box is for all offices of the courthouse and is checked numerous times a day. “I am excited to offer this new service to the citizens of Monroe County and hopes it will help with after hours transactions,” said VandenBerg.

If your driver’s license has an expiration date of Jan. 16, 2020 or later, you do not have to renew your license at this time. It will remain valid until the declared disaster is lifted. The IDOT is also offering a six month extension on driver’s license, if this will help you please go to the IDOT’s website and apply online at https://iowadot.gov/mvd/driverslicense/service-selector

If your vehicle registration expired January 16, 2020, or later, it will be considered valid until the declared disaster has ended.

If you purchase or transfer a vehicle, you will not be required to obtain a title and registration within 30 days. This will remain in effect until the declared disaster is over. Carry your purchase documents/bill of sale in your car when driving until it is transferred into your name and plated. The bill of sale is also needed at the treasurer’s office to complete the transfer.

If you purchase a vehicle from a dealer, you will not be required to obtain license plates within 45 days. This will remain in effect until the declared disaster is over. Carry your purchase documents in your car when driving until it is transferred into your name and plated. On April 1, 2020 the IDOT has issued new procedures for Restricted CDL’s. Eligible applicants are to contact the IDOT CDL program administrators at cdl.program@iowadot.us to make arrangements to obtain their Restricted CDL.

If you have questions, call the treasurer’s office at 641-932-5011 or email the treasurer at pvandenberg@monroecoia.us. Also, check our Facebook page for frequent updates.

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