Frequently Asked Questions for those moving to Dubuque:


Where do I register to vote?

Voter registration is managed through the Dubuque County Courthouse. You can register to vote by mail, in person, with the Department of Transportation, and with a State Public Service Agency. 

In the State of Iowa, you must be registered before you can vote. The voter pre-registration deadline is 10 days before general and 11 days before all other elections. You may register to vote on Election Day at the polling place for the precinct where you currently live. If you register on Election Day, you will be required to show proof of identity and proof of residency that is current within 45 days.


How much is sales tax?

The sales tax rate in Dubuque County is 7% which includes a one-percent local option sales tax. Statewide, schools benefit from a one-cent sales tax funding that is restricted for new facilities, building additions, significant renovations, and technology infrastructure and device purchases.


Where can I find out about property taxes?

For 2021-2022, the City of Dubuque property tax levy is $9.88899 per $1,000 as of January 1, 2020, taxable valuation.  Additional levies include school district, area school, and county for a total levy of $31.70847. For questions concerning your property taxes, please contact Kevin Dragotto, Dubuque County Auditor, 563.589.4499.


Where can I get my driver's license?

Upon becoming a resident of Iowa, a person 16 years old or older has 30 days to obtain an Iowa driver's license. Driver's licenses are obtained from the Dubuque Driver's License Station, 2460 Gateway Drive, Dubuque, Iowa 52003. Phone: 563.583.9844.


Where do I register my vehicle?

Residential Iowa license plates may be obtained throughout the year from the Dubuque County Treasurer's Office at the Dubuque County Courthouse, 720 Central Ave. Phone: 563.589.4450.


Where do I get a marriage license/application?

You may apply for a Marriage License at any County Recorder in Iowa as long as the ceremony is to be performed in Iowa. Marriage applications are accepted at the Dubuque County Recorder's Office, 720 Central Ave, between the hours of 8:00 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. Monday - Friday. Phone: 563.589.4434.


Where do I get a hunting, fishing or boating license?

Licenses are available for purchase at most sporting goods stores and variety stores throughout Dubuque County. To purchase your hunting or fishing license online or see a list of locate retailers, visit the Iowa Department of Natural Resources website.

To register your boat with teh Department of Natural Resources, see their Boating Registration page


Where do I get a license for my dog/cat?

In Dubuque all dogs and cats over the age of six months are required by law to be licensed and vaccinated against rabies. Newcomers with dogs and cats can apply for a license online at www.petdata.com or contact the City of Dubuque Health Department. Phone: 563.589.4181.

When the tag is received, the tag should be securely attached to the pets collar at all times. Licenses can only be issued with proof of current rabies vaccination so this must be provided at time of application. Also, if an animal is spayed or neutered, certification is required in order to license the animal at the reduced rate.

For additional information, contact the Health Services Department at 563.589.4185 or visit the Pet Licensing page on the City of Dubuque website.


What is the City of Dubuque's website?

The City of Dubuque's website is www.cityofdubuque.org.


What are the City of Dubuque's Annual Goals and Priorities?

The City Council completes a goal setting session to establish a vision statement, mission statement, and developed priorities for policy agenda. Click here for more information.


What is Dubuque County's website?

The County's website is www.dubuquecounty.org.


What type of worship services can I expect to find in Dubuque?

The Dubuque Area Congregations United provides a list of worship services. To learn more, visit dacuonline.org.


Is there a resource for residents seeking information regarding diverse connections, activities, events, goods and services?

The Community Foundation of Greater Dubuque compiles a Cultural Resource Guide with information on community organizations, ESOL, hair and beauty, grocery and restaurant, and other resources available in the Greater Dubuque community. They also offer a Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion tookit for organizations. 

Also, the Multicultural Family Center, located in downtown Dubuque, provides a wide variety of programming and networking opportunities for students, families and adults. Click here to visit their website.


Where can I find a list of events and community activities for the Greater Dubuque area?

Check out these community sites for events and activities:
Travel Dubuque


Where do I learn more about services available to newcomers in multiple languages?

In Dubuque, the Presentation Lantern Center assists citizen in learning the English language. Participants receive a tutor with whom they study English. They are also taught practical life skills to use in their new home, study for their U.S. Citizenship test and interact with many people from other countries of origin.


What are the school districts & higher education institutions in the Greater Dubuque area?

The Greater Dubuque area is home to five colleges and universities, as well as a number of community /technical colleges and seminaries. To learn more about education in the Greater Dubuque area, click here.


How do I find employment?

If you need assistance finding employment in Greater Dubuque, we can help you. Dubuque has a wide range of employment opportunities, from entry level to senior professional, in an equally broad range of sectors.

Access Dubuque JobsIf you’re seeking employment, you can use AccessDubuqueJobs.com, our region’s number one talent source. This cutting-edge recruitment website is the gateway to information regarding job opportunities in our area. This service is free for job seekers.

AccessDubuqueJobs.com is collaborative effort made possible by the Telegraph Herald & Greater Dubuque Development. 


How do I find a rental apartment or house?

One of the more pressing concerns for anyone moving to a new area is where to live. Fortunately for those who are looking to relocate to the Greater Dubuque area, finding a home to fit your family's needs and personality is fun and exciting.  To learn more about available housing, click here.


Where can I find a map of the city?  

The City of Dubuque covers nearly 30 square miles. Click here to view a map. 


How can I connect to volunteer opportunities? 

Dubuque offers many ways to share your time, talent and treasures with a wide variety of organizations and non-profits. See our Getting Involved page for more information.



What locally-grown or raised food options are available?  

 In both the summer and winter, the Farmers Market showcases area farmers’ fruits, vegetables, flowers, baked goods, crafts and food. During summer months, the Millwork Night Market also offers locally grown produce and meats. Several Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) programs are also available—see a list and contact info on the Dubuque County Iowa State Extension page. Grow your own produce or help support one of the local community gardens.  


What is the City doing to promote Public Safety? 

Dubuque’s crime rate is among the lowest in the state and the nation. For information about local safety, visit the City's Crime Prevention and Public Information webpage


Are there walking/running/biking trails in the area?

Dubuque has miles of both paved and crushed limestone surface trails, inside the city and outside the city limits in Dubuque County. Trails are beautifully maintained, safe and easy to use.

Find information regarding city trails, the Heritage Trail System and the Mines of Spain Trail System.


Who are the largest employers in the community? 

The Greater Dubuque area is home to a number of large and small businesses. Click here to view a listing of the area's largest employers.


What public transportation is available? 

The Jule is the City of Dubuque’s public transportation system, with numerous bus routes covering the community. The Intermodal Transporation Center is the downtown transfer location and connection to Burlington Trailways national bus transportation. For more information on The Jule, click here.

The Region 8 Regional Transit Authority (RTA) provides transit service for the general public, including people with disabilities, in Delaware, Dubuque, and Jackson counties. To learn more, visit the RTA website

DuRide is a local non-profit service that provides a safe and personalized transportation option for seniors. Volunteer Drivers offer door-to-door service 365 days a year. To learn more, visit the DuRide website.

Dubuque is home to multiple taxi services as well as Uber and Lyft ridesharing services.

Dubuque has a wide range of options for those who use a bicycle for transportation, including a Rack and Ride Program which allows cyclists to utilize bicycle racks on The Jule buses. To learn more about bicycle transportation in Dubuque, visit the City of Dubuque website.

The Dubuque Regional Airport serves both business and leisure travelers with service through Envoy (American Airlines) between Dubuque and Chicago's O'Hare International Airport. Private and corporate jets also make use of the great central location of the airport as well.


Have questions about the community? Need assistance with your relocation? Planning a relocation visit to Dubuque? Contact Mandi Dolson, Director of Workforce Solutions, at 563-557-9049 or by email.