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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 20, 2020.

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

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

Also, customers seeking to conduct automobile registration renewals may use kiosks available at select Publix locations. For more information, visit

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, Monday-Friday.

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 and give us an opportunity to help you!”

Customers who have attempted to utilize 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,, 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.

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