May 18, 2021 - News

Polk County's long wait for new car titles may be over soon

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Illustration: Sarah Grillo/Axios

It’s been taking weeks to transfer vehicle titles in Polk County, but that’s expected to improve in two weeks when the Polk County Administration Building reopens.

Why it matters: Failure to transfer vehicle titles can result in penalties.

  • A new owner generally has 30 days to present the title to county treasurers so it can be issued in their name.

Flashback: Limited in-person appointments opened for title transfers last year, an exception to pandemic restrictions because of the complicated nature of the document transactions.

  • Lots of other county services remained virtual.

What to expect: There’s a big backlog. We checked yesterday and the next available appointment was June 10.

  • Treasurer staffers are working six days a week to catch up but remain in a jam due to restrictions and high demand, Treasurer Mary Wells told supervisors last week.
  • Reopening the county administration building and resuming in-person appointments would help resolve the problem, she added.
  • June 1 is the target date to reopen, Polk County Chairwoman Angela Connolly told Axios.
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