Welcome to Palo Alto County, IA


Experience The Convenience Pay Online!

Discover, MasterCard, Visa and eCheck are accepted for Internet transactions. 

  •  Property Tax:  If you opt to pay your property tax by eCheck, you will be asked to enter a receipt number as your PIN.  This can be found on your property tax statement.
  •   Motor Vehicle Renewals - You are not eligible to renew online unless you received a renewal notice through the U.S. Postal Service that contains a PIN number for online renewals.  Half year license and apportioned vehicles are not eligible for online renewal.


Office Hours

  Monday - Friday 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Driver’s License and/or ID cards: Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday 8:30 to 3:30. Availability is subject to change. If you have any questions, please call 712-852-3844

                         NO TESTS AFTER 3:00 P.M.
Drive Tests  by appointment only. To schedule an appointment, please
                call 712-852-3844


Contact Information

  • Office Staff:  
    •  Debra Quamme 
    •  Robin Thomsen
    •  Jeanelle Stokes
    • Kathy Mortenson
    • Kay Frerk 
  • Phone:  712-852-3844
  • Fax:  712-852-3643
  • Email: mhilfiker@co.palo-alto.ia.us
Our Location

 Driving Directions - Located downtown Emmetsburg on Hwy 4 and Broadway

Palo Alto County Treasurer’s Office
1010 Broadway
PO Box 77
Emmetsburg, IA 50536

Mary Hilfiker


9,778 - 81ST

Welcome to the home page for Palo Alto County Treasurer’s Office.

Our office is responsible for collection of property taxes, issuance of titles and registrations for the vehicle of Palo Alto County. We now offer driver license issuance, and the capability to pay your property taxes on-line.

We are here to provide quality customer service. If we may be of any assistance, please contact our office.

Please be advised that any check returned to the Treasurer’s office for non-sufficient funds, you will be charged an addtional $20.00 fee (as allowed by Iowa Code Section 554.3512)