Humboldt County Iowa

Humboldt County Iowa - Land Between Two Rivers


Contact Information
Drivers's License - 515-332-2993
Humboldt County Treasurer's Office 203 Main Street, PO Box 100 Dakota City, IA 50529

2019/2020 Taxes are now available!

Bill of Sale Required for Transferring Vehicle Titles Beginning January 1, 2020

Effective January1, 2020, the Humboldt County Treasurer's Office will require customers to provide a bill of sale when transferring titles to motor vehicles between private parties.  A bill of sale or purchase agreement is already required for vehicles purchased from a dealership.

The Iowa State County Treasurer's Association (ISCTA) in conjunction with the Iowa Department of Revenue (IDR) aim to substantiate vehicle purchase prices, which have a direct impact on the fees that are remitted to the State's Road Use Tax fund.

The ISCTA Executive Board is encouraging all 99 counties to proactively require a bill of sale to be completed by both the seller and the buyer in advance of any administrative mandate.

Many counties already require a bill of sale between private parties and are allowed to do so pursuant to section 321.13 of the Iowa Code.  Humboldt County will join other counties and require a bill of sale effective January 1, 2020.  The Bill of Sale should include the seller's name, make of the vehicle, year of the vehicle, Vehicle Identification Number (VIN), buyer's name, date of sale, purchase price and signature of seller.

A bill of sale form (PDF) is available HERE.



Property Taxes: 8:00 - 4:00 Monday - Friday

Titles & Registrations: 8:00 - 4:00 Monday - Friday

Driver's License: 8:30 - 4:00 Monday - Friday (availability subject to change)
Written Tests : 8:30 - 3:00 Monday - Friday
Car Drive Tests: Fridays by appointment

All out-of-state customers and new applicants - please click here to make sure you have all the documents you need to be issued an Iowa DL or ID.  Cut-off time for issuance is 3:30 pm.



Online:  eCheck, Discover, MasterCard and Visa

In Office:

   Motor Vehicle & Property Taxes - Cash, Check, MasterCard, Visa, Discover & PayPal

  Driver's License - Cash, Check, MasterCard (Debit & Credit), Visa (Debit Only - acceptable as long as Interlink is not listed on the back of the card), Discover

Vehicle Renewals

Online Vehicle Renewals Exceptions:

  • Vehicles with personalized or special emblem plates may not be renewed online after the second month after the expiration.  (Ex: If the plate's registration month is December, you cannot renew the vehicle online after February 28th.)

  • A vehicle registration cannot be renewed online after the 8th month of penalty.  (Ex: If the plate's registration month is December, you will not be able to renew online after September 30th.)

  • Half year license and apportioned vehicles are not eligible for online renewal at this time.

  • Fire fighter plates cannot be renewed online.

  • If you have SR22 or have outstanding debts to the Clerk of Court, Department of Revenue or owe child support you will not be able to renew online.


Driver's License Practice Test

CDL Practice Test



                                       For information on Personalized and Specialty plates, click HERE.

                                             To order a Personalized or Specialty plate, click HERE.


December Truck Renewals - Remember if your truck is licensed for 28 ton or more, you need to show your Federal Heavy Vehicle Use Tax payment or exemption filed with the IRS (aka 2290).  We have the form in our office otherwise you can download it from the IRS website.

Form -

Instructions -

The IRS office in Fort Dodge is located at 1728 Central Ave.  Phone 515-576-1744

Firefighter License Plates - To apply for Firefighter plates or to renew your Firefighter plates, you need to get a Firefighter License Plate Application from your fire chief.  This needs to be done every year!

Handicap parking is located on the northeast corner of the court house. There is a handicap entrance on the east side of the building. This leads directly to the elevator. our office is on the first floor.