Motor Vehicle Department

  • Issuing original, replacement, salvage and in-transit vehicle titles
  • Licensing vehicles
  • Collections taxes on all motor vehicles
  • Vehicle Registration renewals - Renew Online
  • Issuing Specialty Plates - Order Specialty Plate
  • Issuing junking certificates for vehicles that are dismantled or no longer operable
  • Recording and releasing security interests
  • Applying for refunds for sold, traded or junked vehicles

Effective January 1, 2020, the Des Moines County treasurer's office will require customers to provide a bill of sale for all vehicle and trailer transfers.  A bill of sale shall include the seller's name, make of vehicle, year of vehicle, vehicle identification number (VIN), buyer's name, date of sale, purchase price, and signature of seller.  This information may be handwritten on a piece of paper.  For your convenience, a standard bill of sale is linked below.

(Iowa Administrative Code, 701-Chapter 34.2(3))

Bill of Sale for Vehicle Transfer

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THE DES MOINES COUNTY MOTOR VEHICLE DEPARTMENT DOES NOT DO ISSUANCE OF DRIVER'S LICENSE

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Iowa Department of Transportation Office of Driver Services

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