Watch for licensing deadlines, treasurer says
Tuesday, January 5, 2021
Some of Dickinson County's drivers may have to pay a visit to the county courthouse in the near future.
"With the new year, many of Gov. Kim Reynolds' Proclamations of Disaster Emergency related to COVID-19 are coming to an end regarding motor vehicle and driver's license deadlines," Dickinson County Treasurer Kris Rowley said.
• Driver's Licenses that expired beginning Jan. 16, 2020, and during the proclamation will be subject to the printed expiration date on the license on Jan. 9, 2021. The 60-day grace period for driving on an expired license will resume as normal, applied to the original expiration date of the license. Contact the Dickinson County Driver's License station to schedule an appointment or to request an extension if your license is expired. If your driver's license has been expired more than one year, you will have to retest.
• The Dickinson County Driver's License Station is open by appointment only – call for an appointment at 712-336-6277 or renew online if eligible at iowadot.gov/mvd/driverslicense/service-selector. Some driver's licenses can be extended for six months for driving purposes online with the Department of Transportation.
• Through Feb. 28, 2021, commercial driver's licenses (CDLs) and commercial learner's permits (CLPs) that expired on or after March 1, 2020, are considered valid until Feb. 28, 2021, for driving anywhere in the U.S., in accordance with relief provided by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration. Beginning March 1, all CDLs/CLPs will be subject to their printed expiration date when driving out-of-state and while driving in Iowa, the 60-day grace period will resume as normal, applied to the original expiration date of the license.
• Motor Vehicle Registration Renewals must be completed within the 30 day grace period. If a renewal is due in December, it must be completed by the end of January.
• Motor vehicles purchased from a dealer between Sept. 1, 2020, and Jan. 8, 2021, and using dealer-issued temporary tags until the vehicle can be titled and plated at the county treasurer's office can be operated on the highways of this state without registration plates for up to 90 days after the date of delivery of the vehicle to the purchaser from a dealer. Normally this must be completed by 45 days. The requirement to submit title application work to the county treasurer within 30 days remains in effect. If late, a late title penalty of $10 is charged at the county treasurer's office.
• REAL ID driver's license enforcement was extended by federal law until Oct. 1, 2021.
"We are open to the public, but because of social distancing health needs, the number of people in the tax/motor vehicle office and in the driver's license station are limited," Rowley said. "Facemasks are required for entry. We are asking people to pay taxes and motor vehicle renewals through our online website, mail, dropbox or by phone, so we can save the in-office visits for our transactions that require face-to-face visits."
The website for Dickinson County is dickinsoncountyiowa.gov. There are links to the Iowa Tax and Tags website, IowaTaxAndTags.org, for making property tax and motor vehicle renewal payments. There are also links on the county website in the treasurer tab for motor vehicle forms and to the Iowa Department of Transportation (IDOT). The IDOT offers many driver's license services online if eligible at iowadot.gov/mvd/driverslicense/service-selector.
Those with questions may call the treasurer's office at 712-336-1205 or email the treasurer at firstname.lastname@example.org. Driver's license appointments can be made by calling 712-336-6277. The tax, motor vehicle and driver's license office are open from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. but are closed from 1-2 p.m. through Jan. 31, 2021.