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McKenzie County Building Closures

Until further notice, the McKenzie County Board of County Commissioners have approved a motion to close all county buildings to the public effective March 20,2020. 

County employees will still report to work and will be conducting business by phone, email, or other technology-assisted means. We will not be scheduling appointments at this time. Below you will find information for each department and how you can still receive service.

Court proceedings at the McKenzie County Courthouse will continue to occur as scheduled. Attorneys, litigants and those with court business/scheduled hearings should contact the Clerk of Court office at 701-842-8230 or email for further instructions (including access to the courthouse). 

McKenzie County Courthouse (201 5th St NW, Watford City):

Motor Vehicle and Passport Office – Register and title your vehicles and obtain a passport.

  • Motor Vehicle Lobby is closed to the public but services will still be provided.
  • Please call the office at 701-444-3616 ext. 1 for assistance and services.
  • Motor vehicle paperwork can be mailed to our office at:
McKenzie County MVB
201 5th St NW, Suite 510
Watford City, ND 58854
  • Online renewals can be done at On the home page, bottom left under "Quick Links" click "Motor Vehicle Online Renewal"
  • Closest kiosk for vehicle registration renewals is Cash Wise in Williston.
  • Online information can be found at

Auditor/Treasurer Office – Election information and pay property taxes.

Veterans Service Office – services for veterans within the community.

Superintendent of Schools – assists all schools within McKenzie County, including all 6 public school districts and administrator of the McKenzie County Imagination Library.

Human Resources – job opportunities and employee relations.

Human Services/Social Services – community programs, assistance programs, child protection services, child care licensing, foster parent licensing, home and community-based services, and child welfare case management.

State’s Attorney – criminal prosecution and advice to County entities.

Recorder/Tax Director – recorded deeds and documents pertaining to property ownership and more, property valuations, marriage licenses, and mobile home moving permits.

Job Development Authority – works to foster economic growth in McKenzie County.

NDSU Extension (located just behind the Courthouse at 205 6th St NW): 4-H, nutrition, food safety, and heath, farm, family, and community economics, and much more.

Clerk of Court (State Office)
– pay tickets, case docket information, jury duty information.

Upper Missouri District Health Unit – immunizations, health education, and prevention and control of disease.
  • Individuals can call 701-444-3449 or visit their website at

Emergency Management
– disaster preparedness and planning.

McKenzie County Public Works (1300 12th St SE, Watford City):
Individuals can reach all departments by calling 701-444-2600 and choosing the appropriate extension.

Road & Bridge/Engineer’s Office – trip permits and road projects.

Planning & Zoning – zoning changes, conditional use permits, and code violations.

Building Department
– building permits and inspections.

McKenzie County Weed Control – control and eradication of noxious weeds.

Water Resources – rural water membership and pay rural water bills.

– address requests and maps.

Library (112 2nd Ave NE, Watford City):
Summer Reading Program, Library 2 Go, Bookmobile, books, movies, public computers, printing, faxing, Driver’s Licenses through the DMV (1st and 3rd Wednesdays of each month), and so much more.
  • Patrons can call 701-444-3785 for assistance.
  • For more information please follow their Facebook page.

Law Enforcement Center (LEC – 1201 12th St SE, Watford City):

Correctional Facility
  • No visitors are permitted to enter the facility.
  • Work release program and all volunteer programs are discontinued until further notice.
  • Individuals can call 701-842-2565.

Sheriff’s Office

McKenzie County Landfill (2491 132nd Ave NW, Arnegard):
commercial and non-commercial waste disposal, recycling of items, including E-waste and oil.
  • Charge account receipts will be E-mailed at the end of each business day to the addresses that we currently have on file. Please provide a valid, working E-mail address if the one we currently have on file will not work.
  • In an effort to limit hand-to-hand contact cash / check payments will be taken but we would rather use credit / debit cards. 
    • Cash or checks will be tendered or written in the exact amount owed and they will be placed in the mailbox located on the stop sign on the outbound scale.
  • Credit card(s) will be run via telephone call(s) through the main landfill office. Receipts will be E-mailed upon request. Should you need a receipt immediately the scale operator will bring it to you direct on the scale. The number to call is 701.586.3445.
  • The scale operator will give detailed direction(s) on how to proceed when you come onto the inbound scale. When you drive onto the outbound scale please turn your vehicle off so the scale operator can communicate with you.
  • Employees have been directed to stay in their machines. Should someone need help rolling loads or removing prohibited waste they will do it with the machinery. We will no longer be on the ground pulling things out of the open trash that never should have come here in the first place.

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