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 News Briefs


Release Date: Friday, January 15, 2021

BARTOW, Florida - On Monday, January 18, 2021 the Polk County Tax Collector’s service centers throughout Polk County will be closed for business in observance of Martin Luther King (MLK) Jr. Day. MLK day is also the only federal holiday designated as a national day of service. There are many ways to serve! To find out more about the national day of service and how to get involved, go to

The American Legion Tag Agency in Winter Haven will also be closed. Regular office hours will resume on Tuesday, January 19, 2021.

Polk County residents in need of renewing their vehicle registration can still do so using the KIOSK services available at the Oakbridge and Grove Park Publix locations in Lakeland.

Customers are reminded that appointments are required for all driver license, I.D. card, road test, written test, and concealed weapon services conducted in our service centers.

For more information, office hours and locations, please go to

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 720,000 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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