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Bill of Sale Required for Transferring Vehicle Titles Beginning January 1, 2020

Effective January 1, 2020, the Benton County Treasurer's Office will require customers to provide a bill of sale when transfering titles to motor vehicles between private parties.  A bill of sale or purchase agreement is already required from a dealership.  

The Iowa State County Treasurer's Association (ISCTA) inconjuction with the Iowa Department of Revenue (IDR) aim to substantiate vehicle purchase prices, which have a direct impact on the fees that are remitted to the State's Road Use Tax Fund. 

Many counties already require a bill of sale between private parties and are allowed to do so pursuant to section 321.13 of the Iowa Code.  Benton County will join other counties and require a bill of sale effective January 1, 2020.  The Bill of Sale should include the seller's name, make, year & VIN of the vehicle along with the buyer's name, date of sale, purchase price and seller's signature.

Bill of Sale Document

Please verify "Special or Holiday Closures" below.

THE BENTON COUNTY TREASURER'S OFFICE WILL BE OPENING JUNE 15, 2020 FOR MOTOR VEHICLE AND DRIVER'S LICENSES.  IT WILL BE APPOINTMENT ONLY AND ONE PERSON PER APPOINTMENT UNLESS A MINOR.  APPOINTMENTS MUST BE SCHEDULED BY EITHER CALLING 319-472-2450 OR EMAILING BCTREAS@BENTONCOUNTYIA.GOV.  NO WALK INS WILL BE ALLOWED.  IF EMAILING PLEASE STATE WHAT YOU NEED TO DO AND A TELEPHONE NUMBER.  APPOINTMENTS FOR DRIVER'S LICENSES WILL BE FOR ESSENTIAL LICENSES (EXAMPLE CDL AND EXPIRED LICENSES) AND ONLY BENTON COUNTY RESIDENTS AT THIS TIME.  THERE ARE WILL BE NO DRIVE EXAMS AND WRITTEN TEST ARE APPOINTMENT ONLY ALSO.  MOTOR VEHICLE WILL BE APPOINTMENT ONLY TO TRANSFER VEHICLE TITLES.  ALL RENEWALS AND TAX PAYMENTS WILL NEED TO BE EITHER MAILED, DROPPED OFF IN OUR DROP BOX OR PAID ONLINE.  EACH MOTOR VEHICLE CUSTOMER WILL BE ALLOWED 2 TRANSACTIONS PER DAY.  ALL CUSTOMER MUST WAIT OUTSIDE UNTIL YOU ARE CALLED FOR YOUR APPOINTMENT.  YOU WILL BE SCREENED AT THE DOOR AND ALL CUSTOMERS MUST WEAR A MASK WHEN ENTERING THE BUILDING.  PLEASE REMEMBER TO BE PATIENT AS THIS IS ALL NEW TO EVERYONE.  WE ARE DOING OUT BEST!

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Driver’s License Issuance: 

Vinton Courthouse  - (319) 472-2450

Monday thru Friday 8:30am - 4:00pm 

(enter in the west door, first office to your right)

Written tests must be started before 3:30pm CDL written tests must be started by 3pm!!

Driving Tests: Tuesday by appointment only

No CDL or Motorcycle drive exams

Motor Vehicle Registration & Titling and Property Tax Collections

 Monday Thru Friday 8am-4:30 pm


CAUTION: A new online drivers license renewal application became available 7-22-2013 thru the DOT website https://mymvd.iowadot.gov/ . However, make sure you are on the Official DOT site; there have been numerous reports of customers attempting this online renewal and not realizing they were on a bogus site that charges fees and does NOT renew the license. 


Motor Vehicle Titling & Registration & Tax Collections

 Monday thru Friday 8:00am-4:30pm 

Special Closings

THE BENTON COUNTY TREASURER'S OFFICE WILL BE OPENING JUNE 15, 2020 FOR MOTOR VEHICLE AND DRIVER'S LICENSES.  IT WILL BE APPOINTMENT ONLY AND ONE PERSON PER APPOINTMENT UNLESS A MINOR.  APPOINTMENTS MUST BE SCHEDULED BY EITHER CALLING 319-472-2450 OR EMAILING BCTREAS@BENTONCOUNTYIA.GOV.  NO WALK INS WILL BE ALLOWED.  IF EMAILING PLEASE STATE WHAT YOU NEED TO DO AND A TELEPHONE NUMBER.  APPOINTMENTS FOR DRIVER'S LICENSES WILL BE FOR ESSENTIAL LICENSES (EXAMPLE CDL AND EXPIRED LICENSES) AND ONLY BENTON COUNTY RESIDENTS AT THIS TIME.  THERE ARE WILL BE NO DRIVE EXAMS AND WRITTEN TEST ARE APPOINTMENT ONLY ALSO.  MOTOR VEHICLE WILL BE APPOINTMENT ONLY TO TRANSFER VEHICLE TITLES.  ALL RENEWALS AND TAX PAYMENTS WILL NEED TO BE EITHER MAILED, DROPPED OFF IN OUR DROP BOX OR PAID ONLINE.  EACH MOTOR VEHICLE CUSTOMER WILL BE ALLOWED 2 TRANSACTIONS PER DAY.  ALL CUSTOMER MUST WAIT OUTSIDE UNTIL YOU ARE CALLED FOR YOUR APPOINTMENT.  YOU WILL BE SCREENED AT THE DOOR AND ALL CUSTOMERS MUST WEAR A MASK WHEN ENTERING THE BUILDING.  PLEASE REMEMBER TO BE PATIENT AS THIS IS ALL NEW TO EVERYONE.  WE ARE DOING OUT BEST!

       Holiday Closings

Monday, February 17, 2020---President's Day

Monday, May 25, 2020---Memorial Day

Friday, July 3, 2020---Independence Day

Monday, September 7, 2020---Labor Day

Wednesday, November 11, 2020---Veteran's Day

Thursday & Friday, November 26 & 27, 2020---Thanksgiving Holiday

Thursday, December 24, 2020 at Noon---Christmas Eve

Friday, December 25, 2020---Christmas

Friday, January 1, 2021---New Year's Day