Winnebago County Offices are now closed to the Public.
No walk in service will be provided at this time.
Please plan on the online website or US Postal Service to pay your
Property Taxes and Motor Vehicle Registrations. If you have questions please call
numbers listed below.
Response to COVID-19:
On March 20, Governor Reynolds announced the temporary suspension of penalties and interest for delayed property tax payments until April 16, 2020. Taxes will still be marked delinquent if they are not paid by March 31, but late interest and penalty on property tax payments will NOT apply until April 17.
If your motor vehicle registration expired January 31, 2020 or later, you do not need to renew your registration at this time.
Read more from the IDOT. https://iowadot.gov/mvd/vehicleregistration/registering-a-vehicle
2018 TAXES ARE NOW AVAILABLE
Payable September 2019 and March 2020
Taxes are for the time period July 1, 2018 through June 30, 2019
Based on Valuation of January 1, 2018
Internet Payments Accepted: Discover, MasterCard, Visa, eCheck, Debit Cards with MasterCard and Visa Logo
Payment Methods Accepted in the Winnebago County Treasurer's Office:
- Cash (U.S. Currency Only)
- Credit Cards (Service delivery fee applies)
- Debit Cards (Service delivery fee applies)
- Checks, Money Orders or Cashier's Checks possessing an American Bank Association (ABA)routing number
- NO two party checks are Allowed
- Checks MUST be made payable to Winnebago County Treasurer only
2019 TAX SALE WILL BE ONLINE
2019 Tax Sale Information - The 2019 Winnebago County Tax Sale will begin at 9:00 a.m. on Monday, June 17, 2019. The Sale will be conducted at the Winnebago County Courthouse and bidders shall place their bids online. Bidders need not be present at the courthouse. Please click on the following link for additional information:
TERMS AND CONDITIONS OF THE 2019 TAX SALE
If you wish to attend the sale in person, a limited number of computers will be available on a first come, first serve basis. Wireless internet access will be available for bidders using their own laptop. Please note, all bids must be placed online. Live bids will not be accepted. To obtain additional information, please email the Treasurer's office at firstname.lastname@example.org, or email@example.com, or call (641) 585-2322.
September 2018 PROPERTY TAX INSTALLMENT ARE NOW DUE.
DRAINAGE AND SPECIAL ASSESSMENTS WILL BE INCLUDED ON THE REAL ESTATE BIILLING STATEMENT AND PAYABLE IN SEPTEMBER WITH THE FIRST HALF TAXES.
2nd Half Property Taxes & Mobile Home Taxes
ARE DUE BY MARCH 31, 2020
APRIL 17TH postmarks will be returned for interest. If you escrow, please look over your tax statement as specials and drainage assessments are included on your statement as
NOT all escrow companies will pay these assessments.
Property Tax Information:
Pay Property Taxes
If you opt to pay your property tax by eCheck you will be asked to enter a receipt number as your PIN number. Your receipt number is located in the bottom right hand corner of your tax statement.
You must search the payment engine by last name or parcel number only do not include the District.
Current tax payments are due September 30, 2017 for the 1st half and March 31, 2018 for the 2nd half. Late payments will accrue interest at 1.5% per month.
You can now access the Assessor Property Information on each parcel from Step 3 of the property tax application.
For more information on property in Winnebago County click here
Vehicle Registration Information:
Click here for BILL OF SALE Application: which ARE REQUIRED ON ALL MOTOR VEHICLE PURCHASES
When renewing your vehicles either by mail or in the office please include your renewal notice with payment.
Pay Your Vehicle tags
Your renewal notice must contain a PIN number to renew online. If you have a vehicle that a Heavy Use Tax Form is required the first installment cannot be paid online,(this is an enhancement that will be available in the future.) Fire Fighter Plates, State Stops, and County Stops cannot be paid online.
Drivers License Information:
You may renew 30 day before and 60 days after your birthdate.
Driver License Knowledge Testing must be started by 3:30.
Drive tests Monday - Friday by appointment call 641-585-5387. Proof of vehicle insurance is required.
**ATTENTION CDL HOLDERS** - Federal regulations require you to bring proof of citizenship or lawful presence to renew or upgrade your CDL. Please call our office at 641-585-2322 to determine the documents you will need to bring with you.
For assistance determining the documents you will need to bring in for Drivers License please click here.
Iowa Veterans can now add a Veteran designation to their drivers license or nonoperator identification cards. PLEASE NOTE, this designation can only be added when the license or identification card is being renewed, or if you are being issued for the first time. A link to the required form can be found by clicking here. Your County's Veterans Affairs office will need to complete part of that form before the designation can be added to your drivers license or identification card. Please share this post to help spread the word to Veterans.
Please note that Driver License transactions can be paid by check, cash, or credit cards. Fees do apply to credit cards.
NOTICE: PLEASE BE ADVISED A SURCHARGE OF $30.00 WILL BE ASSESSED FOR ALL DISHONORED CHECKS, AND E-CHECKS RETURNED FOR INCORRECT ACCOUNT INFORMATION AS PRESCRIBED IN IOWA CODE 554.3512
Office Hours: Monday - Friday 8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
- Tax and Motor Vehicle and Drivers License: LAST TRANSACTION WILL BE AT 4:00*
Driver License: Monday - Friday 8:00 am - 4:00 pm
Driver License Written Testing: Monday - Friday 8:00 am - 3:30 pm
- You must arrive no later than 3:30 p.m. to ensure time to complete the test and be issued a credential.
Car Drives: Monday - Friday must call to be scheduled 8:00 am - 3:30 pm
- ALL drive test require Proof of Insurance
HOLIDAY CLOSINGS FOR 2019
- February 18 President's Day
May 27 Memorial Day
July 4 Independence Day
September 2 Labor Day
November 11 Veteran's Day
November 28 Thanksgiving Day
November 29 Day after Thanksgiving
December 24 Christmas Day
December 25 Christmas Day
January 1,2020 New Year's Day
Winnebago County Treasurers’ Office
126 S Clark
Forest City, IA 50436
The Treasurers’ Office is located on the 2nd floor of the new addition of the courthouse.
For Handicapped Accessiblility enter from the west side of the courthouse parking lot through the new additon. Take the elevator to the 2nd floor. The Treasurers’ office is located just around the corner of the elevator.