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Peggy VandenBerg 

Took Office 01/04/2010


I would like to welcome you to the home page for the Monroe County Treasurer's Office. 

I hope that you find this website very useful and that it will make conducting business with the office more convenient as you will have access to information 24 hours a day 7 days a week.

We provide the following services in our office: Property Tax Collection, Issuance of Vehicle Titles and Registrations along with Driver's License Issuance. 

My staff and I are committed to carrying out these responsibilites while providing outstanding customer service.  In doing so we will attend continuing education seminars as well as have office evaluations that will help us improve the way we do business.

If you have any questions or concerns please fee free to contact phone  (641) 932-5011 or email

I has been an honor to serve the citizens of Monroe County for the past 30+ years and I hope to continue that service for many years to come.

Have a great day!!!

Peggy VandenBerg,                                         Monroe County Treasurer

Welcome to Monroe County, Iowa. Enjoy online payment options for your convenience!


            Pay Motor Vehicle Registration Online

Pay Property Taxes Online 

March 20, 2020

Press Release Update

From:  Monroe County Treasurer Peggy VandenBerg

“Governor Reynolds issued a proclamation on 3/19/2020, that waives late penalty on property tax payments through April 16, 2020, to help give some assistance to Iowans dealing with the impact of COVID-19’s arrival in our state,” says Monroe County Treasurer Peggy VandenBerg, “Payments must be postmarked by April 16, 2020, paid online at  by April 16, 2020, or dropped off in the Monroe County Treasurer drop box outside the Treasurer’s Office by April 16, 2020 to avoid a late penalty.”  This proclamation did not extend the payment deadline of March 31, 2020; only the penalty assessment date.

The county offices at the Monroe County Courthouse closed to the public with restricted access at 8 AM on 3/18/2020, due to concerns over COVID-19 in Iowa and surrounding states.  “It’s sad to say that the Coronavirus has changed how we live our lives and conduct our business,” says VandenBerg.  “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 3/17/2020 backdated to 3/16/2020.”   

If your driver’s license has an expiration date of January 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.  It is also considered valid to fly with an expiration date during this time period.

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 non-interstate roads only, trucks hauling food, medical supplies, cleaning products or other household goods 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.

VandenBerg says “The best and safest way to pay your property taxes and motor vehicle renewals is to pay online at 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. 

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

Contact Information: Phone 641-932-5011 Fax 641-932-5351
Email: Peggy VandenBerg at; Stephanie Haywood at; Cheryl Chambers at; Mary Jo Schoenberger at



Effective January 1, 2020 the Monroe County Treasurer’s Office will require customers to provide a bill of sale when transferring titles between private parties.


Iowa Code Section 321.13 already allows county treasurers to request a bill of sale, and many counties already follow this section.  Monroe County will join other counties and require a bill of sale beginning January 1, 2020. 


The bill of sale should include the seller’s name, buyer’s name, make of vehicle, year of vehicle, Vehicle Identification Number (VIN), date of sale, purchase price and signature of both the buyer and seller.  This information can be hand written on a piece of paper or you can contact our office and we can get you one. See the link below for a generic bill of sale.


The Iowa State County Treasurer’s Association (ISCTA) along with the Iowa Department of Revenue (IDR) are trying to validate vehicle purchase prices, which have a direct impact on the State’s Road Use Tax Fund.  The IDR is making the bill of sale a best practice for all Iowa counties in 2020, this will make all Iowa counties more consistent. The ISCTA Executive Board and county treasurers are trying to be proactive and require the bill of sale prior to it being mandated by the IDR.


This is a change for Monroe County residents. However, I believe it will be beneficial for all parties involved.



2019/2020 Property Tax Statments will be mailed the week of August 12th

1st half is due September 1, 2019

2nd half is due March 1, 2020

You can pay online, through the mail or in the office.

If you are paying online with an e-check you will need a "pin" number--it is located in the upper right hand corner of your statment and is referred to as your receipt number or you may call the office and we will get the number for you.



Please visit our county website for all of your current county needs.

Pay Online:

Mastercard, Visa, Discover and e-Check are accepted for Internet Transactions. Please be advised that a service fee will be charged when making an internet payment.  Contact the Treasurer's Office for details on the service fees. 

There will be a $30.00 returned check fee on any returned payments.

Pricing Policy for property tax parcel information.

 Office Hours:

  • Property Taxes........................................Monday - Friday 8:00 A.M. - 4:00 P.M.
  • Motor Vehicle.........................................Monday - Friday 8:00 A.M.. - 4:00 P.M.
  • Driver’s License.....................................Monday - Friday 8:00 A.M.. - 3:30 P.M.


    • Written Tests...............................Monday - Friday 8:00 A.M. - 3:00 P.M.
      You must arrive no later than 3:00 P.M.. to ensure time to complete the test and be issued a credential. If doing multiple CDL tests please arrive by 2:30 P.M.
    • Albia High School Students now have the ability to register in the High School Office to take the online Operator Instruction Permit Test.  See Mrs. Dorpinghaus for testing times and location.Click here for the link to the IDOT'S website for helpful information and the online practice test option.
    • Drive Tests....................................Thursdays by appointment 8:30 A.M. - 2:45 P.M
    • For Driver's License Records Questions or Driving Record Information please call Ankeny at 515-244-8725 or Ottumwa at 641-682-4855. You also have the ability to go to the IDOT's website and send an email or do a Live Chat with an IDOT Employee.  To access the Live Chat option you will need to click on the "Driver's License Information"  on the right hand side of the screen.  Click here to be directed to the IDOT"s website.
    • Real ID Driver's License and Non-Operator ID Cards---Click here for helpful information on how to obtain a Real ID


Holiday Closings:

Monday, February 17, 2020 President's Day
Friday, April 10, 2020 Easter
Monday, May 25, 2020 Memorial Day
Wednesday, July 1, 2020 Year End Processing
Friday, July 3, 2020 Independence Day
Monday, September 7, 2020 Labor Day
Wednesday, November 11, 2020 Veteran’s Day
Thursday, November 26, 2020 Thanksgiving Day
Friday, November 27, 2020 Day After Thanksgiving
Tuesday, December 24, 2020 Christmas Holiday
Wednesday, December 25, 2020 Christmas Holiday
Friday, January 1, 2021 New Year’s Holiday

Contact Information:

  • Property Tax..............(641) 932-5011
  • Motor Vehicle.............(641) 932-5011
  • Driver’s License..........(641) 932-5011 -       For assistance determining the documents you will need to bring with you, please click here.       ‚Äč
  • Fax.............................(641) 932-5351
  • Email..........................
  • County
  • Office Staff

Our Location:

Monroe County Treasurer’s Office
10 Benton Ave E
Albia Iowa 52531

There is a handicapped entrance located on the South Side of the courthouse for your convenience. There is also an elevator for your use as we are located on the second floor of the courthouse.