Property Records and Taxpayer Services
CHANGE IN SERVICES UNDER COVID-19
Washington County public facing services are modified due to COVID-19. Many services continue to be available online, by phone, email, and U.S. mail, or by appointment.
For the safety of staff and other visitors, please wear a face-covering to your in-person appointment.
License and Service Centers In an effort to provide a safe environment for the public and our employees, we are modifying the delivery of services we provide face-to-face.
- In person services are available by appointment. See the services available by appointment and make an appointment.
- Drop off and mail in services are available for select services not requiring face-to-face interaction. This is often the fastest way to complete your transaction and is contact free.
- Walk-in customers may be accommodated on a limited basis. We will do our best to serve you depending on capacity and appointment cancellations.
Did you know?
- The Real ID full enforcement deadline has been extended to October 1, 2021. If you do not have a Real ID compliant driver’s license or ID card and wish to obtain one, we recommend getting one as your driver’s license expires if it is before October 1, 2021.
- If your driver’s license expires between March 12 and August 31, you have until September 30 to renew. For more information, see the Department of Public Safety information page.
- If you are renewing or replacing a standard driver’s license and have no changes to your name, address, signature or license number, you can renew online using DVS Applying for a License or State ID.
- If you mailed your tab renewal to DVS more than two weeks ago and have not received your tabs, notify DVS by completing the Report Registration Tabs Not Received form online.
- The U.S Department of State is prioritizing services for customers who need a passport in the next 72 hours for a life-or-death emergency. For questions about a previously submitted application or if you have an emergency travel need call 1-877-487-2778. Learn more about U.S. Department of State operations and travel advisories.
Assessment and Values The Assessor’s Office is available to answer questions. Call 651-430-6175 between the hours of 8 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. and your call will be directed to the appraiser responsible for your area. Leave a message and your call will be returned as soon as possible.
Elections For election-related questions, call 651-430-6175 between 8 a.m-4:30 p.m.
Property Tax payments may be made via U.S. mail, online, bill pay service, or payments may be made in person at the Government Center in Stillwater.
Many small businesses and homeowners have been financially impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic and the related Stay at Home Minnesota order and business closures. Due to that impact, the County Board agreed to an additional 60-day extension of the first half of property taxes without penalty for property taxpayers who own non-escrow properties paid on or prior to July 15 for the following classifications:
- commercial/industrial properties with 2020 total tax due of $100,000 or less;
- residential properties; and
- agricultural/rural vacant land properties.
Residential properties includes both homesteaded properties and non-homesteaded properties.
An online lookup tool is available here to help property owners identify if their property qualifies for an extension.
Businesses may be seeking assistance in paying property taxes. They may wish to seek information from the Washington County Development Agency.
- Acknowledgment and Waiver of Personal Service form
- County Policy regarding Alternative Service of Tax Petitions
Recorder and Registrar of Titles eRecording and recording of paper documents received via U.S. mail continues to be available. Call 651-430-6175 between 8 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. Monday-Friday with questions.
Vital records Birth, death, notary, ministerial and marriage certificate requests with payment may be made via U.S. mail, or leave payment in the drop box outside the main entrance to the Government Center. Call 651-430-6175 between 8 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. Monday-Friday.
The Property Records and Taxpayer Services Department strives to provide quality taxation, assessment, recording, land records, licensing and elections services to the residents of Washington County.
The Department is at the Washington County Government Center, 14949 62nd Street North, Stillwater; service centers are in Cottage Grove; Forest Lake; and Woodbury; with a Stillwater License Center at the Valley Ridge Mall in Stillwater.