Welcome to Wapello County

                                                                      Ottumwa, IA 52501


ATTENTION HOLIDAY SHOPPERS!!  Have you thought about getting special order plates for that someone special?  To guarantee delivery by Christmas, the DOT needs orders by November 21st! You can order online at>vehicle owners>vehicles>plates-order specialty plates OR you can order by mail.  If you come into our office we will submit your application for you!  Any orders received after will not be guaranteed for Christmas.  


THE CURRENT YEAR'S TAXES ARE NOW AVAILABLE ONLINE!!  You can now print a copy of your tax statement on our website by entering the payment information, and click on "Display Details".  

Experience The Convenience of Paying Online!

Payments may be made on-line 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, 2018, and in March, 2019, will be mailed in August, 2018. Taxes become due September 1 and March 1, and delinquent October 2nd and April 2nd. You have until September 30 to pay, but since September 30th falls on the weekend, you will have until October 1st to pay without penalty this year.  You March, 2019 installment will be similar with March 31 falling on Sunday, you will be able to pay those 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.                         


You will have to pay by mail or in the office in order to redeem a tax sale certificate.  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 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.:  8:30 - 1:00/1:30 - 4:30  Tuesday - Friday & 8:00 - 1:00 Saturday

Contact Information

  • Tax Department   Tax Deputies:   Sandy Billings and Laurie Fountain
  • 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


2018 County Holidays

New Year's Day                           January 1

Martin Luther King Jr. Day          January 15

President's Day                           February 19

Memorial Day                              May 28

Independence Day                      July 4

Labor Day                                   September 3

Veteran's Day                              November 12

Thanksgiving Day                        November 22

Day After Thanksgiving                November 23

Christmas Day                              December 25

Day after Christmas                      December 26

Roberta L. Roth Neff

Took Office 1/01/2015

Began as Tax Deputy in August, 1986





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 at any time.