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We will service Okeechobee County residents only until further notice.


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Office Location and Hours

We have one main office in the county. The office address is:

Celeste Watford
Okeechobee County Tax Collector
409 NW 2nd Ave
Okeechobee, FL 34972

(863) 763-3421

Fax: (863) 763-2426

Hours:   8:00 - 4:00  Monday - Friday

Concealed Weapons Permits  8:00 - 3:00

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We have moved..              

       We are so excited to announce that we have moved to our new facility@ 409 NW 2nd Ave.


Coronavirus (COVID-19) Update

We are open!   

We are limiting the amount of customers in the building per the CDC. Only the customer conducting business will be allowed in the office.

Thank you for your continued patience.


Services can also be done at the following websites

Vehicle Registration at www.GoRenew.Com by mail or by phone at 863-763-3421

Driver’s License at www.GoRenew.Com

You can also pay your property taxes online at www.okeechobeecountytaxcollector.com by mail or by phone at 863-763-3421

Florida Fish & Wildlife Commission at MyFWC.com

Dropbox on south side of building by Drive Thru. 


Thank you for working with us as we all face these challenging times. Please do not hesitate to contact our office at 863-763-3421 for any questions or concerns. 

Celeste Watford, CFC    Okeechobee County Tax Collector


Employment Opportunities

Click on Employment Application and send it into the Tax Collector’s office.


Driver License General Information

The Okeechobee County Tax Collector is an agent for the Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles. Florida residents from any County may receive driver license services from our office located at:   409 NW 2nd  Ave Ste A  Okeechobee FL                             8:00 am thru 4:00 pm  Monday-Friday.       863-763-3421

Road Tests are by Appointment only - call  863-763-3421 for appt.

Click here for Additional Drivers License Information

Click here to access the new Drivers License Handbook


FLHSMV has added the enhanced Driver's License check to our public driver license check service. Click on the following link to use this tool to determine whether you need to come into an office for service or use Go Renew.




You can now search for your tax property information on your mobile devices too.
About the Tax Collector's Office

About the Tax Collector's Office The county office of the Tax Collector was established in the 1885 state constitution. It was thought that local taxes could best be collected by a local official, who would be more responsive to the needs of the community that elected him or her. The Tax Collector serves a four year term and is elected at the same time as the President of the United States.

The Tax Collector is responsible for the collection of ad valorem taxes and other taxes set at the local level, including those by special levying districts, state agencies, and county commissions. The Tax Collector also acts as an agent of several state departments, including the Department of Revenue, the Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles, and the Fresh Water Fish Commision.

For the Department of Revenue, the Tax Collector bills and collects real and personal property taxes. The amount of the tax is based on the assessed value of the property and the millage rate, which is set by various taxing authorities. As an agent of the Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles, the Tax Collector issues state motor vehicle licenses and processes applications for titles on automobiles, trucks, mobile homes, and boats. The Tax Collector also sells Hunting and Fishing licenses for the State.


In most counties, the Tax Collector is a fee office and the office budget is approved by the Department of Revenue . The office operates on the fees imposed for services rendered and any excess monies are remitted to the Board of County Commissioners at the end of September every year.

Under Florida law, e-mail addresses are public records. If you do not want your e-mail address released in response to a public-records request, do not send electronic mail to this entity. Instead, contact this office by phone or in writing.


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