BARTOW, Florida – Until further notice and pursuant to state office closings due to the coronavirus (COVID19) emergency, the Tax Collector’s Office Service Centers are closed to the public beginning Friday, March
This affects all those seeking walk-in services, including customers who previously scheduled appointments
for driver license transactions and concealed weapons licensing.
For consideration and 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.
Additionally, the Tax Collector has extended the deadline for current real estate property taxes and tangible
personal property taxes (originally set for March 31) to April 15, 2020.
The Tax Collector’s Office emphasizes that mail or online payment options are being conducted at this time.
To check on availability and make an online payment, visit PolkTaxes.com
Examples of services available online are:
- Driver licenses renewals
- Driver license address changes
- Driver license replacements
- I.D. renewals
- Automobile registration renewals
- Motorcycle registration renewals
- Trailer registration renewals
- Vessel registration renewals
- Property tax payments
- County local business tax renewal payments
- Hunting and fishing licenses
- Concealed weapons license renewals
To learn more or conduct your online transactions, visit PolkTaxes.com
Also, customers seeking to conduct automobile registration renewals may use kiosks available at select
Publix locations. For more information, visit PolkTaxes.com
To further address customer questions, the Tax Collector’s Office has added a chat function to
PolkTaxes.comThe chat service will be available beginning Friday, March 20, 2020, 8:30 AM to 5:00 PM,
Polk County Tax Collector Joe Tedder stated, “The decision to close our Service Centers does not come
without great consideration and thought. Each day we typically see approximately 3,000 people in our
lobbies and truly understand the impact this will have on our citizens. We have spent the last forty-eight
hours working on alternate ways to serve the public. I ask our customers to please go to PolkTaxes.com and
give us an opportunity to help you!”
Customers who have attempted to utilize PolkTaxes.com for online payments and information, or the chat
service, and still have questions or concerns should call 863-534-4700 or 863-581-8099.
We will continue to provide updates accordingly on our website, PolkTaxes.com, and our office Facebook
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.