Phone: (319) 356-6091
Fax: (319) 337-0495
7:45 a.m. - 5:30 p.m., Monday through Friday
Johnson County Administration Building
913 S. Dubuque St
PO Box 2420
Iowa City IA 52244-2420
Please be in the office by 5:00 p.m. for title transfers!
The Motor Vehicle department is located in the Treasurer's office. You can renew your car registration and obtain license plates.
Effective December 1, 2019, a bill of sale is required when transferring titles to motor vehicles and trailers purchased from a private party.
The Motor Vehicle Department is NOT where you get your driver's license. The Iowa State Department of Transportation Driver's License office is located at:
1700 First Avenue
Iowa City, IA 52240
Boats, snowmobiles and ATV's are registered through the Recorder Office, located at the County Administration Building, 913 South Dubuque Street, Iowa City, 356-6093. Click here to go to the Recorder's site.
Disabled Parking Placards
Please note: Your application must be accompanied by a letter from your doctor before you come to our office.
Recycle License Plates
A license plate collection box is located in the public parking lot at the Johnson County Administration Building, 913 S. Dubuque Street. The secure box is available for use 24 hours a day.
Salvaged plates are turned into scrap and the proceeds are donated to charities including the Iowa City Crisis Center, United Way, Iowa Shares, and Special Olympics.