New Homeowner Information
Payment of Property Taxes
Washington County mails only one property tax statement in March of each year to the current owner of record. As a new owner, it is important for you to verify that taxes due in the year of sale are paid. First half taxes are due May 15 and the balance is due October 15 (agricultural land is due November 15). A penalty is charged on any late payments. Property owners are able to view property tax information, make payments, and print copies of their property tax statement and valuation notice on the web at Pay Property Taxes. An additional convenience fee is charged for online payments. Payments can be made online using Visa, Mastercard, Discover, and by electronic check. Payments accepted at our counters are only by cash or check.
You may be eligible for the homestead classification if you own and occupy your property as your primary residence. The homestead classification may reduce the amount of property tax you pay. A homestead application should be submitted within 30 days of moving into the property. More information on homestead and homestead applications can be found at Homestead.
If you have moved since you last voted, you will need to re-register before voting in future elections. Please contact this office to request a voter registration card. You can also obtain a voter registration card at Voter Registration.
Updating Driver’s License and Other County Services
If you have moved, you have 30 days to update the address on your driver’s license or state identification card. Also, throughout the year you may need to renew your motor vehicle registration, purchase a game and fish license, renew a registration on a watercraft or all-terrain vehicle, or apply for a passport. Washington County operates three full service license centers located in Stillwater, Woodbury and Forest Lake that provide these services. The hours and locations are available at Hours and Locations.