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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Motor Vehicle Department

  • Renew plates/validation stickers: (Done during the owner's birth month, or December for large trucks, corporations, etc.
  • Transfer ownership documents: (for all motor vehicles, trailers and mobile homes)
  • Collects all fees: (associated with motor vehicles, use tax, titles, liens, and surcharges)
  • Files liens: (for financial institutions on vehicle titles.
  • Respond to telephone inquiries; provide service to walk-in customers and work closely with dealers.

NOTE: No title transfers processed after 4:00 p.m. Renewals until 4:30.

Experience the convenience of on-line payments

Motor Vehicle Renewals: 

You may renew your vehicles in the office, by mail or on-line.  Starting May 2012 the DOT plans to begin replacing license plates (a rolling-reissue) that are beyond their life expectancy.  This would allow the DOT to replace plates that are too old without wasting money by replacing plates that are not.  The plates would have the same town and country landscape embossed version, but the sequence will be reversed having three letters followed by the three numbers.  They will be replacing ONLY those plates that are older than 10 years.

If you have received a renewal notice with a Personal Identification Number (PIN) CLICK HERE

On-line service is not available if the vehicle registered needs proof of SR22 insurance, any state or county debts are owed, the vehicle has a ½ year license, or is apportioned.

For your convenience a drop box is located on the east side of the Courthouse and can be used for all Courthouse payments.

For more information visit the Iowa Dept. of Transportation website: