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Lee County FAQs (Frequently Asked Questions)

 

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Where can I get my driver's license?
The driver's license station is located in the Lee County Treasurer's Office and is open Monday - Friday 8:30 am - 4:00 pm. (Closed Holidays) Visit the Treasurer's Drivers License page for more information.
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When are Eagle Days in Keokuk?
Bald Eagle Appreciation Days are held in Keokuk the 3rd weekend of January.
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When is the Civil War Reenactment?
The Battle of Pea Ridge Civil War Reenactment is held in Keokuk the 4th weekend of April.
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Is there zoning in Lee County?
NO.
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Can I find out if I am registered to vote?
The Auditor's Office can tell you if you are a registered voter. Office Hours are Monday - Friday 8:30 am - 4:30 pm. 319-372-3705.
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Where do I get a sales tax permit?
You must contact the Iowa Department of Revenue for a sales tax permit. 515-281-3114.
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Where can I get relocation and demographics information?
The Chamber of Commerce office can provide information to those considering relocation to the area, as well as demographics information.
In Fort Madison, 319-372-5471 / Monday - Friday 8:30 am - 4:30 pm
In Keokuk, 319-524-5055 / Monday - Friday 8:30 am - 5:00 pm (closed Noon - 1:00 pm)
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Who can help me with relocation or expansion of my business?
The Chamber of Commerce coordinates various programs offered by the state, city and county governments.
In Keokuk, 319-524-5055 / Monday - Friday 8:30 am - 5:00 pm (closed Noon - 1:00 pm)
In Fort Madison, 319-372-5417 / Monday - Friday 8:30 am - 4:30 pm
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Where do I get a 911 map of Lee County?
911 maps are available in the Auditor's office in Fort Madison or the Recorder's Office in Keokuk.  Cost - $3.00 each.
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Where do I get a 911 address?
911 addresses can be obtained from the Lee County Engineer's Office in Fort Madison. Visit the E911 page for more information.
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How can I contact a member of the Board of Supervisors?
Visit the Board of Supervisors page for more information.
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How can I find out the owner of a particular property?
That information is available from either the Assessor's Office or the Auditor's Office. Both are open Monday - Friday 8:30 am to 4:30 pm.
Assessor: 319-524-1375
Auditor: 319-372-3705 or CLICK HERE to visit the BEACON website
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Can I find out the dollar amount a property sold for?
Yes. That information is available from the Assessor's Office. Monday - Friday 8:30 am - 4:30 pm. 319-524-1375 or CLICK HERE to visit the BEACON website
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How can I find out information like square footage, year built and construction of a property?
That information is available in the Assessor's Office. Monday - Friday 8:30 am - 4:30 pm. 319-524-1375 or CLICK HERE to visit the BEACON website
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Can I find out if my property assessment is comparable to others?
Yes. That information is available in the Assessor's Office. Monday - Friday 8:30 am - 4:30 pm. 319-524-1375 or CLICK HERE to visit the BEACON website
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Why did my taxes go up?
Taxes go up for a number of reasons. You should check with the various taxing bodies to which you pay taxes....the county board of supervisors, the city, the school district.
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When are property taxes due?
Property taxes 1st half are due on September 30 and 2nd half are due on March 31 each year. Visit the Treasurer's page for more information.
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How much are my taxes?
The Treasurer's Office can provide that information to you. Monday - Friday 8:30 am - 4:30 pm. 319-372-3405.
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When can I renew my car license plates?
Auto license plates can be renewed the month before, the month of, or the month following expiration. Visit the Treasurer's page for more information.
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How many days do I have to renew my driver's license?
You can renew your driver's license within 60 days of expiration without taking a knowledge test.
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How do I know if my deed should be recorded at the North or South Lee County Courthouse?
The line that separates north and south Lee County follows the Sullivan Line from the west edge of the county to the southeast corner of section four in Jefferson Township. The line then follows the section line south to the center of the section thirty-three east section line in Jefferson Township, then goes east to the Mississippi River. (Note: The Sullivan Line is the continuation of the south border of the State of Iowa)
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What do I need to get a marriage license?
Get an Application to Marry in Iowa from the Recorderís office. The application will need to be completed by the two parties and a disinterested person (any adult who knows both parties). The application must be signed in front of a notary public. Recorderís office personnel are notaries, so bring a picture ID. The fee is $35.00 payable to the Lee County Recorder.
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Where can I get a copy of my birth certificate?
If you were born in Lee County before 1921 or after 1941, the Lee County Recorder can provide a copy of your birth certificate. The Iowa Department of Public Health has birth records for everyone born in Iowa. Visit the Recorder's page for more details.
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What do I need to register my boat?
You may register your boat in the Recorder's office. For a new boat, you will need the manufacture's certificate of origin and the bill of sale. For a used boat, you will need the proof of registration (and title, if applicable) signed over to you by the previous owner. A bill of sale is also required.
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How long is a marriage application valid?
You must apply for a marriage certificate in the Recorder's office. Following application, you will need to return to pick up the application and certificate. The Recorder's office will hold your marriage application and certificate for six months. If you pick up your certificate within the six months, it is valid forever. Certificates not picked up within six months are destroyed and no longer valid.
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How do I change my name on a property?
In most situations, a new deed will need to be prepared and recorded at the Recorder's office.
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What does it cost to record a deed and mortgage?
Deeds and mortgages are recorded at the Recorder's office. The standard recording fee is $5.00 per page that is filmed, plus $4.00 per document. A deed will also require an Auditor's Transfer fee of $5.00 per parcel and a real estate transfer stamp based on the selling price of the property.  Visit the Recorder's page for more details.
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Am I eligible to get a certified copy of a birth, death, or marriage record?
Yes, if you are 18 years of age or older and a direct blood relative. Certified copies of these records are available at the Recorder's Office.  Visit the Recorder's page for more details.
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What is the phone number for the landfill?
319-372-6140. Great River Regional Waste Authority.
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I want to put in a new driveway. What do I need to do?
Complete an Entrance Application form, which is available at the County Engineer's office, 933 Avenue H, Fort Madison. The application form must be signed by the landowner and indicate where the entrance will be built. The landowner will then need to mark the location of the proposed entrance and the Engineer will examine the site to determine the necessary size entrance pipe. Once the permit is approved, a signed copy will be mailed to you indicating the cost of the culvert and any installation charge. Once the culvert charge has been paid, a foreman will schedule the installation.
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How do I access mental health services in Lee County?
There are several ways to access mental health services. See the Central Point of Coordination page for more details.
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Who is eligible to receive services funded by Lee County?
In general, in order to receive services funded by Lee County, the person to be served must have legal settlement in Lee County. Details regarding service access and eligibility can be found in the Lee County Services Management Plan.
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Where do I apply for General Assistance?
You may apply for assistance in either Fort Madison or Keokuk. Visit the General Assistance web page for office location and hours.
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How are General Assistance benefits paid?
All benefits are paid directly to the providers of services. No cash benefits are available.
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Do I need to apply in person for General Assistance benefits?
Yes. For most benefits, monthly appointments are required. Visit the General Assistance web page for office location and hours.

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