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IMPORTANT ANNOUNCEMENTS: With the recent developments of COVID-19 and until further notice, our offices will be CLOSED to the public starting Friday, March 20, 2020. Our staff will continue to work at our offices and use alternate means to serve our customers whenever possible. We appreciate your patience as we work to safeguard the health and safety of our customers and employees.


Coronavirus (COVID-19) Response

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POLK COUNTY TAX COLLECTOR CLOSES OFFICES TO THE PUBLIC IN RESPONSE TO COVID-19

BARTOW, Florida – Until further notice and pursuant to state office closings due to the coronavirus (COVID-19) emergency, the Tax Collector’s Office Service Centers are closed to the public beginning Friday, March 20, 2020. To Read More Click Here
Our Services
Online services are available at this time. To check on availability and make an online payment select from the services below:

Driver Licenses Renewals
Driver Licenses Address Changes
Driver License Replacements
I.D. Renewals
I.D. Address Changes
I.D. Replacements
Automobile Registration Renewals
Motorcycle Registration Renewals
Trailer Registration Renewals
Vessel Registration Renewals
Address changes for vehicle registrations (not related to a renewal)
Vehicle Titles
Property Tax Payments
County Local Business Tax Renewal Payments
Hunting and Fishing Licenses
New Concealed Weapons License
Concealed Weapons License Renewals



More Information
Customers who previously scheduled appointments for driver license transactions and concealed weapons licensing are affected by our COVID-19 emergency office closings.

Pursuant to Emergency Executive Order 20-52 issued by Governor DeSantis, the effective period for all driver licenses and identification cards, expiring from March 16, 2020 through April 15, 2020, has been extended thirty (30) days.

Given the aforementioned order, and in our consultation with our office, Polk County Sheriff’s Office deputies are avoiding issuing citations related to driver licenses that expire during these dates, and similarly avoid issuing citations or taking criminal traffic enforcement action related to vehicle registrations and license tags that expire in the above referenced time period (30 days from expiration for those registration and plates expiring on March 16, 2020 through April 15, 2020).

Property Taxes: In response to the COVID-19 outbreak, the Tax Collector has extended the real estate property tax and tangible personal property tax payment due date for the 2019 tax year from March 31, 2020 to April 15, 2020. Real estate property tax and tangible personal property taxes are normally due by March 31st in the year following the year the taxes are assessed. Pursuant to this extension, real estate property tax and tangible personal property tax payments made by April 15, 2020, for the 2019 tax year will be considered timely paid.

Delinquent Real Estate Property Taxes & Certificate Sale/Auction: In order to avoid having delinquent real estate property taxes go to sale/auction, the Tax Collector has extended the time to pay delinquent real estate property taxes to no later than 5:00 PM, June 12, 2020. Note: The tax certificate sale/auction is conducted online and has been moved from its original date of Monday, June 1, 2020 to Monday, June 15, 2020.

Attention Truckers: FLHSMV is extending expiring commercial driver licenses (CDL) and waiving commercial truck hours-of-service regulations and other related regulations so emergency supplies, equipment, commodities and resources for the state’s response to COVID-19 can be moved more quickly and efficiently throughout the state. To learn more, click here…

Due to the COVID-19 emergency, the Department of Homeland Security is extending the REAL ID enforcement deadline for driver licenses from October 1, 2020 to October 1, 2021. This means individuals who do not have a “gold star” on their Florida driver license or I.D. now have an additional year to become Real ID compliant.

In consideration of Emergency Order 20-52-DOR-002, the Tax Collector is extending the tourist development tax payment deadlines as follows: Tourist development tax remittances/returns due no later than March 20, 2020 (for February 2020 sales) are now due no later than March 31, 2020. Also, Tourist development tax remittances/returns due no later than April 20, 2020 (for March 2020 sales) are now due no later than April 30, 2020..






**Also, customers seeking to conduct automobile registration renewals may use kiosks located at the Publix at Oak Bridge and Publix at Grove Park.

To further address customer questions, the Tax Collector’s Office has added a chat function here on our website (located in the bottom right hand corner of this page). The chat service will be available beginning Friday, March 20, 2020, 8:30 AM to 5:00 PM, Monday-Friday.

Customers may also contact us by telephone during business hours at (863)534-4700 or (863)581-8099.

Additionally customers may contact us by email at [email protected]

If you need a Driver License Road Test, please visit Atlantic Driving School in Winter Haven. Atlantic Driving School provides road tests throughout the day and on Saturdays.

We will continue to provide updates accordingly here on our website, and our office Facebook pages.

At this time, we apologize for any inconvenience to our customers and appreciate their understanding.

About the Office of Joe G. Tedder, Tax Collector for Polk County, Florida

Joe G. Tedder is elected by the people of Polk County to serve as their Tax Collector. The Office of Tax Collector is provided in Florida’s Constitution to serve in the state’s political subdivisions known as counties. The Tax Collector’s Office for Polk County has service centers in Bartow, Lakeland, Davenport, and Lake Wales. The Tax Collector’s Office serves over 686,000 residents in Polk County, offering services such as: Driver licenses and identification cards; motor vehicle registrations, decals, license plates, titles and disabled person parking placards; real estate and tangible personal property taxes; county local business taxes; tourist development taxes; concealed weapons license applications and renewals; and, other services.