Beside collecting taxes, the office also handles car registrations and driver’s licenses. Branches had been closed because of coronavirus.

Several offices of the Marion County Tax Collector re-opened Monday to long lines and new precautions to protect against COVID-19.


The offices in Summerfield and Silver Springs remain closed. All other offices open at 8 a.m. and close at 4:30 p.m. going forward.


“It’s been very busy. There’s been a lot of pent up need over the last month,” said Tax Collector George Albright.


Lines stretched out of the building and onto a grassy area next to the building at the main office at 503 SE 25th Ave. Those in line stayed 6 feet apart from one another, as recommended by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, to limit the spread of the new coronavirus.


Albright said while the office was busy, the mood was good, and things were moving smoothly. There were law enforcement officers on scene to help keep things orderly.


Employees inside the office were all wearing face masks. Workers also wiped down counters after assisting each person. Anyone entering the office must undergo a COVID-19 screening process.


Besides paying taxes, the office also issues car registrations and driver’s licenses.


Albright said some services, including paying property taxes and renewing car registrations and driver’s licenses are available online at mariontax.com.


Driver license road testing will resume by appointment only and is limited to Marion County residents.


List of Marion County Tax Collector offices:


Dunnellon Branch, 19995 SW 86th St. Unit 2


Belleview Branch, 10445 SE U.S. 441


State Road 200 Branch, 6154 SW SR 200


North Branch, 7135 North US Hwy 441


Ocala Annex Branch, 110 SE 25th Ave.


— Contact Carlos E. Medina at 867-4157 or cmedina@starbanner.com