Cerro Gordo County Emergency Notices

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April 30, 2020 - Cerro Gordo County Courthouse

Cerro Gordo county is preparing safeguards for the public and staff in order to open the courthouse to the public at a future date. The Cerro Gordo County Courthouse will continue to restrict access as follows:

  • County Auditor – 1st floor
  • All other offices will not be accessible in person
  • Mail slot for Clerk of Court – 2nd floor
  • Mail slot for County Treasurer – 1st floor

All offices not accessible in person will continue to conduct business only through email, mail and by telephone. We appreciate the patience of the citizens of Cerro Gordo County as we take steps to protect the health and safety of the citizens and our employees. 

Below are contact numbers for county offices in the courthouse:

Attorney (641) 421-3101
Auditor (641) 421-3028
City Assessor (641) 421-3061
Clerk of Court
(641) 494-3637
County Assessor
(641) 421-3143
General Assistance (641) 421-3083
Human Resources (641) 421-3075
(641) 421-3110
License Reinstatement              (641) 421-3111
Recorder (641) 421-3056
Treasurer (641) 421-3125
Veterans Affairs (641) 421-3085


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UPDATED April 27, 2020 - Treasurer - Extension in Late Fees for Property Tax Payments / Changes in Vehicle Registrations - New Late Penalty Date

Governor Reynolds issued a proclamation on 3/19/2020, that waives late penalty on property tax payments through May 27, 2020, to help give some assistance to Iowans dealing with the impact of COVID-19’s arrival in our state. Payments must be postmarked by May 27, 2020, paid online at Iowa Treasurer's Site by May 27, 2020, or dropped off in the Cerro Gordo County Treasurer drop box inside the Courthouse by May 27th to avoid a late penalty.

If your vehicle registration expired January 16, 2020, or later, it will be considered valid until the declared disaster has ended.

If you purchase or transfer a vehicle, you will not be required to obtain a title and registration within 30 days. This will remain in effect until the declared disaster is over. Carry your purchase documents/bill of sale in your car when driving until it is transferred into your name and plated. The bill of sale is also needed at the treasurer’s office to complete the transfer.

If you purchase a vehicle from a dealer, you will not be required to obtain license plates within 45 days. This will remain in effect until the declared disaster is over. Carry your purchase documents in your car when driving until it is transferred into your name and plated.

Many of the motor vehicle forms are available on the Cerro Gordo County Treasurer page. You can also make property tax and motor vehicle renewal payments on the Iowa Treasurer's Site.

If you have questions, call the treasurer’s office at 641-421-3037 or email.

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March 18, 2020 - Treasurer Contacts and Drop Box

Due to the high volume of traffic that we have in our office this month and in order to protect our customers and our staff we will be working inside our office behind closed doors and windows. Please call 641-421-3125 or email with questions pertaining to motor vehicles and/or real estate taxes.

At this time, we have suspended the issuance of passports.

We have a “drop box” located in the Treasurer’s hallway as well as a table with various forms. Forms of payment must be by check or credit card, no cash. Please secure all items with a paperclip or envelope as they are also available on the table.

Please write a contact telephone number on your check or with your credit card information. Your check will serve as a receipt. When provided, a credit card receipt can be emailed. Taxpayers can also verify payment within 48 hours at Iowa Treasurer's Site or Property Tax Search.

Items deposited in our “drop box” today should be processed within 48 hours.

Besides the Treasurer’s hallway drop box, customers are encouraged to pay taxes or renew vehicles online at Iowa Treasurer's Site or by using the United States Postal system.

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