Information about licenses, renewals, special license plates, transfer of ownership and storage from the Lee County Treasurer's Office.

  Lee County Treasurer - Motor Vehicles

Licenses Available for:
Car Motor Home Moped
Truck Utility Trailer Truck Tractory
Motorcycle Travel Trailer Semi-Trailer

You can purchase your license plates the month before, the month of and the month following your birthday. Example: birthday July 15; you can purchase your license plates in the month of June or July or August.

To renew by mail, simply return the notice with the proper payment in the envelope provided.

To renew online, go to the Iowa State Treasurers Association website and use eCheck, Discover Card, MasterCard or Visa. The PIN and plate number on your notice are necessary for online payment. A service delivery fee is applied to each online transaction. See details at Delinquent plates can not be renewed online.

Special License Plates:
Iowa has over 30 different types of license plates that may be displayed on your vehicle for an additional fee.

Special plates may be ordered directly from the Iowa Department of Transportation in Des Moines.

Applications are available at any County Treasurerís Office.

Transfer of Ownership:

EFFECTIVE January 1, 2020 The Treasurer's Office will require a Bill Of Sale for ALL motor vehicle sales.

Bill of Sale should be completed in ink and include:

Seller's Name
Make of vehicle (Ford, Dodge, etc)
Year of vehicle
VIN # (vehicle identification number)
Buyer's Name and Signature
Seller's Name and Signature
Date of Sale
Dollar amount of Sale

To transfer ownership on a motor vehicle or trailer, you must have the certificate of title.

On vehicles 10 years of age or newer, you must have an odometer statement and damage disclosure statement.

Utility trailers with an empty weight less than 2000 pounds are not titled, to transfer ownership you must have the current registration.

To place a vehicle in storage, the license plates must be turned in before they become delinquent.

Storage does not prorate a license fee, but does drop all back year license fees and penalties.

When taking a vehicle out of storage, the current full year license fee is due. A vehicle must be in storage a minimum of 13 months or additional fees will apply. Please call the Treasurerís office at 319-372-3405 or 319-524-1126 for further details.

Motor Vehicle Hours:

933 Avenue H
Fort Madison, IA 52627
Phone: 319-372-3405
Fax #: 319-372-7033
8:30 am - 3:30 pm in
Fort Madison
Except the 2nd Tuesday of every month when the office hours are 9:00 am - 3:30 pm
25 North 7th Street
Keokuk, IA 52632
8:30am -3:30 pm in

Tax Office Hours:
Monday Ė Friday
8:30 AM Ė 3:30 PM.
Except the 2nd Tuesday of every month when the office hours are 9:00 AM - 3:30 PM

Driverís License Office Hours:
Click HERE

County Treasurer:
Chris Spann

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