Contact Information

Scott Finlayson, Treasurer
Scott Finlayson

Phone Numbers

Phone: (319) 356-6091
Fax: (319) 337-0495


8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m., Monday through Friday.

Please be in the office by 4:30 p.m. for title transfers.


Johnson County Administration Building
913 S. Dubuque St
PO Box 2420
Iowa City IA 52244-2420

Please be in the office by 4:30 p.m. for title transfers!

How to buy or sell a vehicle in Johnson County, Iowa

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.

Please note!
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:
Eastdale Plaza
1700 First Avenue
Iowa City, IA 52240

Click here for more information about driver's licenses and the office hours.


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.



Iowa DOT
License Plates
Selling Your Car in Iowa


Disabled Parking Placards

Please note: Your application must be accompanied by a letter from your doctor before you come to our office.

Click here to see information on how to obtain and use a disabled parking placard on the State of Iowa's website.

Click here to download the application form.


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.