Welcome to Wapello County

Ottumwa, IA 52501


Effective November 18, 2020, all Wapello County Buildings will be closed to the public until further notice.  This is an attempt to maintain continuity of operations and limit potential exposure to   COVID-19/Corona Virus. 

We will still be available to assist you by phone, mail and email.  Business matters that require immediate attention will be taken care of by appointment.  My staff and I thank you for your cooperation during these unprecedented and trying times.  By working together, we will get through this. 

 Property Tax Department:  101 W Fourth St, Ottumwa, IA 52501

                                         Phone:  641-683-0040


Motor Vehicle Department:  102 E Main St, Ottumwa, IA 52501

                                  Phone:  641-683-4636


Please continue to check back for updates should anything change.

NOTICE:  Beginning February 1, 2020, we will require a Bill of Sale for transferring vehicle titles.                                                         Bill of Sale flyer February 2020

Bill of Sale

If you're Paying Online:

Payments may be made online using an E-Check, Mastercard, Visa, or Discover.  A service delivery fee will apply. You will need a current receipt number (tax) or PIN (vehicle) to pay online.  Call one of our offices for assistance.  

If your E-Check does not "Clear," whether due to lack of funds, or incorrect entry of your ABA or account numbers,  a twenty dollar fee will be charged

Pay Property Taxes;   The statements for the taxes payable in September 2020, and in March 2021 were mailed on August 11, 2020. Taxes become due September 1st and March 1st, and delinquent October 1st and April 1st.   

Pay Your Vehicle tags;   To renew your car license online, you must have a pin number and be free of "Stops," placed on your records by the State of Iowa.        


2020 Tax Sale Information The 2020 Wapello County Tax Sale was suspended in June 2020, per the Governor's Proclamation of Disaster Emergency.  Please contact our office for details.



In order to redeem a tax sale certificate, you will have to pay in the office or by mail.  You may call for the amount due.  However, between May 1 and July 31, you must pay with certified funds (cash, cashier check, money order or we will accept a debit or credit card [additional fees apply].)  We also require certified funds if a 90-Day Notice of Expiration of Right of Redemption has been served.   If you have any questions, please call our office at 641-683-0040.


Office Hours and Locations

  • Tax Department, 2nd Floor of the Courthouse, 101 W. Fourth St:  8:00 - 4:30  Monday - Friday
  • Motor Vehicle Department (Main Office), 102 East Main St:  8:00 - 4:30  Monday - Friday
  • Motor Vehicle, (Satellite Office) 2849 N Court St.:  8:00 - 1:00 Saturday only 

Contact Information

  • Tax Department   Tax Deputies:   Sandy Billings and Valerie Mc Elroy
  • Motor Vehicle Department    Motor Vehicle Deputies:   Theresa Shipley and Melody Johns
    • Phone:  641-683-4636
    • Fax:      641-683-4634
    • Email Motor Vehicle:
    • Satellite Office  641-682-4855 Ext.52258


            2020 County Holidays

  • January 1,  New Year's Day                    
  • January 20,  Martin Luther King Jr. Day     
  • February 17,  President's Day
  • May 25, Memorial Day                                                    
  • July 3,  Independence Day                  
  • September 7,  Labor Day                                 
  • November 11,  Veteran's Day                           
  • November 26,  Thanksgiving Day                       
  • November 27,  Day After Thanksgiving               
  • December 24,  Christmas Eve                            
  • December 25,  Christmas                                  


Laurie L. Fountain

Took Office 1/01/2019

I started working in the Treasurer's Office

March 1, 2007, promoted to Delinquent

Tax Collector January 1, 2013, and was 

appointed as Tax Deputy in January 2015.





RANKING:  20th



My staff and I welcome you to the Wapello

County Treasurer's website where

you can conduct business with us 24/7.


Our goal is to make your business

transactions with our office as convenient

and pleasant as possible while providing

you with accurate and efficient service.


Please feel free to contact me by phone

at 641-683-0040 or by email at