Platte County Collector's Office

Frequently Asked Questions


Tax Questions? - Who To Contact

Contact the County Assessor with questions regarding these items:

  • The assessed value of your real or personal property.
  • If you need to change a name or address.
  • If the wrong vehicles are listed on your statement.
  • The legal description of real estate.
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Contact the County Collector with questions regarding these items:

  • If you did not receive one or more tax statements.
  • General questions concerning the collection process.
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Moving to Platte County From Another State or County:

How long do I have to obtain Missouri license plates and a Missouri driver’s license?

You have 30 days to obtain Missouri license plates and a Missouri driver’s license.

What is needed to obtain Missouri plates?

You will need the title or registration to the vehicle, proof of insurance, a Missouri State Inspection Certificate, and a validated tax receipt from the Platte County Collector’s office or a non-assessment clearance from the Platte County Assessor’s office.

Where can I pay sales tax on my new vehicle?

You can pay sales tax at any license bureau in the state of Missouri.

Moving to Platte County From Another County:

What is required to license my vehicles in Platte County?

You will need the title or registration to the vehicle, proof of insurance, a Missouri State Inspection Certificate, and a copy of the tax receipt showing paid taxes from the county where you were a resident on January 1 of the previous year.

What is required to be placed on the tax rolls of Platte County?

If you are a new resident, or have moved, you need to contact the Platte County Assessor’s office so that an assessment sheet may be mailed to you. You must request this sheet before March 1 to avoid a penalty.

Personal Property Tax Questions and Answers:

Why is my tax bill so high?

The amount of tax you owe each year is based on the value of the vehicles you owned on January 1 of that year. The value of each vehicle is established by the Platte County Assessor's Office. The assessed value of each vehicle can be found on your statement.

Why is my tax bill higher than my friend’s tax bill?

The amount of tax you owe is based on the value of your vehicles, not on the number of vehicles. It is common for a person with one expensive vehicle to owe more tax than someone with several less expensive vehicles. Also, tax bills vary by taxing district because of levy differences.

Why am I being taxed for a vehicle I no longer own?

The amount of tax you owe is based on the vehicles you owned on January 1 of that year. Regardless of whether you no longer own those vehicles or whether you have purchased new vehicles, your tax is based on what vehicles you owned on January 1.

May I pay my personal and real estate taxes with one check?

Yes, but make sure to add them correctly and send the exact amount due. The Collector’s office cannot accept payments for the wrong amount.

How do I avoid paying late fees?

Please be sure that your payment is postmarked no later than December 31. Payments USPS postmarked after December 31 will be returned unless late fees are included.

Do I owe taxes although I am no longer a Missouri resident?

Yes. By state law, your tax obligation is established on January 1. Even if you move out-of-state the next day, you are still obligated to pay Missouri taxes for the year. State law makes no provision for prorating your tax bill.

Who pays the tax bill if I get a divorce?

The tax responsibility goes to the owner of record on January 1. If property is owned jointly, and the court order dissolving the marriage does not address tax liability, both parties are jointly responsible for taxes. Neither party can obtain a statement of no taxes due until the tax liability is satisfied.

Can I pay my taxes online?

Real Estate Tax Questions and Answers:

Will the tax bill be in my name this year?

The tax bill will be in your name if the deed was a straight land transfer. If the property was split or combined, it will not be in your name until next year.

Who is responsible for paying the taxes?

The current owner is responsible for paying all taxes due on the property. Partial payments are not accepted. If you did not purchase the property until later in the year, the taxes should have been prorated and deducted from the selling price at closing or paid to you in cash by the previous owner.

When are tax statements mailed?

The tax bills are mailed the first of November. If you do not receive a tax bill by December 10, you should contact the Collector’s office and request one.

If I do not receive a tax bill on the property I purchased, am I responsible for interest and penalty should the taxes become delinquent?

Yes. Failure to receive a tax bill does not relieve you from paying the taxes or any interest and penalty due should they become delinquent. All taxes become delinquent if they are not paid by December 31.

If I have a question concerning real estate I purchased, what information would help the Collector’s office in locating that real estate?

Real estate is listed in the tax book by legal description and not by address. Please be prepared to give the legal description from your record of deed, if possible, and the owner as of January 1.

If I have an escrow account for my taxes, will I receive a tax bill?

An informational statement only will be mailed to you. If you do not have an escrow with the company listed, please pay from this statement. The tax statement will be mailed to the lending institution where you have your escrow, providing the lending institution has requested it.

Can I pay my taxes online?