April 21, 2023
The Office of the Tax Collector for Polk County announces a partnership with First Lakeland Tag Agency, a private company, to give customers more options for vehicle registration services. This will include extended hours for some services!
Beginning Monday, April 24, more people will be able to visit this Lakeland location both by appointment and on a walk-in basis at 4130 Florida Avenue South. From registration renewals to title transfers and parking placards, this will expand the options for people seeking to have their vehicle tag and title work taken care of, with hopefully an opportunity for shorter wait times.
“We are excited about giving citizens a new option in Lakeland, and hope to have other options across Polk County in the future,” says Polk County Tax Collector Joe G. Tedder.
Tedder continues, “This is a cost-effective way to provide additional capacity for services, while partnering with a company that has been in this business for over 50 years.
“As always, our goal is to provide the best customer experience possible, in a convenient and efficient manner,” says Tedder.
The county is seeing record-breaking population growth. The U.S. Census Bureau’s latest report places Polk County as the fifth county in the nation in population growth from 2021 to 2022, gaining 32,225 new residents; the tax collector continues to see that reflected in the number of people served across Bartow, Davenport, Lake Wales and Lakeland offices.
Of approximately 2,000 people seen in a single day across the Tax Collector’s current service center locations in March, First Lakeland Tag Agency will soon join in the work to meet the growing demand for vehicle tag and title transactions in Polk County.
“We are excited to partner with the Polk County Tax Collector Office to offer motor vehicle services to the Lakeland community,” First Lakeland Tag Agency CEO Joe Palumbo said.
Join us! First Lakeland Tag Agency Ribbon Cutting
Tuesday May 2, 2023, at 3:00 p.m.
4130 Florida Avenue South
Lakeland, FL 33813
The hours of operation at First Lakeland Tag Agency are Monday through Friday from 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m., and Saturday from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. Extended service hours and Saturday service until Noon at First Lakeland Tag Agency will give customers additional times in which to take care of their vehicle tag and tile needs. Customers should note, additional fees are charged at this agency location.
The opening of the First Lakeland Tag Agency is an exciting development and one more example of the Tax Collector’s Office working to provide more vehicle tag and title service options for the people of Polk County. Previously, Polk’s Tax Collector’s Office was the first in the state to offer a whole host of online payment services, and later it added an Express PICKUP feature for vehicle registration renewals in which a person can visit www.PolkTaxes.com, order their vehicle registration renewal, and pick it up the same day. The Tax Collector’s Office was also instrumental in bringing kiosk locations for vehicle registration renewal services to Polk County and the State of Florida. Moreover, it has partnered with other tag agencies to broaden available service offerings. These other agencies include the American Legion Tag Agency in Winter Haven, which is open to the public for tag and title services, and Morningstar Fleet Services, which specializes in tag and title work for organizations having numerous commercial vehicles.
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.