County Office Hours

M - F 8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

Drivers License Hours

M - F 8:00 a.m. - 4:15 p.m.

Public Health Services Hours

M - F 8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

Clerk of Court Hours

M W F 8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
T Th 8:00 a.m. - 2:30 p.m.
Buena Vista County, Iowa - Beautiful View



Contact Treasurer

County Treasurer:
Sherie Elbert
Deputy Treasurer
Sonia Banuelos
Tax Clerk
Theresa Sandvig
Motor Vehicle Clerk
Danelle Haberman
Motor Vehicle Clerk
Tami Tendel
Motor Vehicle Clerk
Isabel Sanchez
Driver License Deputy
Kim Briley
Driver License Clerk
Josie Bartley
Driver License Examiner
Matthew Sefcik
Sherie Elbert, Buena Vista County Treasurer
P.O. Drawer 149
215 E. 5th
Storm Lake, Iowa 50588
Tax Department/Management
P: (712) 749-2533
F: (712) 749-2561
M-F: 8 am - 4:30 pm
Motor Vehicle Department
P: (712) 749-2534
F: (712) 749-2561
M-F: 8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Driver License Department
P: (712) 749-2571
F: (712) 749-2715
M-F: 8:15 a.m. - 4:15 p.m.
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Driver License Department

Buena Vista County first started issuing drivers licenses on January 13, 2003.  This decision was made because the state was reducing most of their DL sites and traveling teams.  Buena Vista County residents would have had to travel to a state site to renew their licenses.

The County Treasurer's Office took this on as a service to the residents of Buena Vista County.  The County is reimbursed only for basic renewals and that is $7.00 per transaction.  The County does not get paid by the State for drive tests, automated knowledge tests, identification cards, duplicate licenses, handicap permits, etc.

Drivers’ license services are provided by the Treasurer’s office in Buena Vista County. These services include issuing driver licenses, commercial driver licenses, instruction permits, school permits, non-driver identification cards, and handicapped permits.

The Treasurer’s office also administers automated knowledge tests for all licenses and endorsements.   Performs driving tests for motor vehicles only.

  • Drive Tests by appointment: Tuesday – Thursday. Call ahead for appointment.
  • Valid Insurance documentation is needed for all driving tests.
  • Automated Knowledge Testing for Operator, Motorcycle and CDL’s  daily from 8:00 to 3:30.
  • All Iowa driver license manuals, CDL manuals, and motorcycle manuals are available on-line. Click here for the link.
  • Motorcycle Skills and CDL Drives are not available.

Questions concerning eligibility, necessary documents, validity, etc., can be made during the posted hours. All detailed Information on when we offer these services are at the top of the Treasures page.

If you need Drivers’ License Services when we are not available you will need to go to a State operated station. The Spencer State Record Site is available Tuesday – Friday from 8:30 to 5:00, and is open Saturdays from 8:00 – 1:00. Phone: 712-262-6278 or call 1-800-532-1121

For more information visit the Iowa Dept. of Transportation.