About Our Office
We continually pursue organizational excellence by:
- Empowering our workforce to excel.
- Serving our customers respectfully, accurately, and professionally.
- Providing exceptional stewardship of public funds.
From collecting property taxes to issuing driver’s licenses, our office serves every resident of Pinellas County at one point or another. As an independently elected position that acts as the county’s chief revenue officer, the Pinellas County Tax Collector is responsible for collecting and distributing a variety of local taxes, including taxes on real estate, tangible personal property, and tourist development. Each year, we collect more than $1 billion in tax revenue, which we distribute to the Pinellas County Board of County Commissioners, the Pinellas County School Board, local cities, fire districts, and other taxing authorities. Our budget is approved annually by the Florida Department of Revenue.
More than just taxes
Our office is also an agent for the Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles. We issue driver’s licenses, identification cards, and titles and registrations for automobiles, trucks, mobile homes and vessels. Additionally, we act as an agent for the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission by issuing hunting and fishing licenses.
Not your typical government office
We are a recipient of the 2013 Governor’s Sterling Award and the 2016 Governor’s Sterling Sustained Excellence Award, Florida’s top honors for performance excellence. We make it a priority to find ways to do business better, faster and cheaper. To deliver world-class service, our office employs a knowledgeable workforce of 275 skilled tax specialists, accountants and customer service representatives. We strive to make technology a key part of our business operations, including online payment options, a modern call center, a high-speed mail system, and an annual online tax certificate auction. In addition, we have made it possible for customers to make multiple transactions in one place – whether online, through our call center, or at one of our offices.