Welcome to the home page for Palo Alto County Treasurer’s Office.

Our office is responsible for collection of property taxes, issuance of titles and registrations for the vehicle of Palo Alto County. We now offer driver license issuance, and the capability to pay your property taxes on-line.

We are here to provide quality customer service. If we may be of any assistance, please contact our office.

Property Taxes are now available!!

Payable September 30, 2023 and March 31, 2024

For the time period July 1, 2022-June 30, 2023

Based on Valuations as of January 1, 2022

Please be advised that any check returned to the Treasurer’s office for non-sufficient funds, you will be charged an additional $30.00 fee (as allowed by Iowa Code Section 554.3512)


Experience The Convenience Pay Online!

The Palo Alto County Treasurer's Office is pleased to announce the addition of credit and debit cards payments to our list of payment options for property taxes and motor vehicle. If you choose to pay by debit or credit card, please refer to the following table to determine the applicable convenience fee:

Credit Cards- 2.25% per transaction

Debit Cards- $2.00 per transaction

Discover, MasterCard, Visa and eCheck are accepted for Internet transactions.  


January 1, 2020 a bill of sale will be required with all motor vehicle title transfers in Palo Alto County.  Here is the form that needs to be filled out in full: Bill of Sale

Property Tax:  If you opt to pay your property tax by eCheck, you will be asked to enter a receipt number as your PIN.  This can be found on your property tax statement.Motor Vehicle Renewals - You are not eligible to renew online unless you received a renewal notice through the U.S. Postal Service that contains a PIN number for online renewals.  Half year license and apportioned vehicles are not eligible for online renewal.


2023 Tax Sale is June 19, 2023  

Tax Sale Info.  Notice of tax sale info2023

Forms & Links


Contact Information

Palo Alto County Treasurer’s Office
1010 Broadway
PO Box 77
Emmetsburg, IA 50536
Driving Directions - Located downtown Emmetsburg on Hwy 4 and BroadwayPhone:  712-852-3844
Fax:  712-852-3643


Office Hours
Monday - Friday 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Driver’s License and/or ID cards: By appointment only!!  No more waiting in line!!  Please call 712-852-3844 to set up an appointment.

Drive Tests  by appointment only. To schedule an appointment, please call 712-852-3844

Driver's License REAL ID Info.:

Find out what documents you need for a driver's license here!

Office Staff:
Robin Jamison, Treasurer, took office 1/02/15
Lindsy Frambach
Robin Thomsen
Kathy Mortenson
Tashia Joynt