Vital Records
Birth, Death and Marriage

Certified copies of birth, death, and marriage can be obtained provided entitlement is proven. Certified copies are $15.00 each. Questions on entitlement may be directed to the County Recorder's Office at (563) 244-0565


Marriage Applications

The Recorder processes Applications for Marriage in the State of Iowa. Marriage Licenses and Certificates of Marriage are also issued.

The Marriage Application and License fee is $35.00. The requirements for issuing a Marriage Application requires the Bride, Groom and one witness, over the age of 18 years of age to appear in person, with current Government-Issued ID, between the hours of 8:00 am and 4:30 pm Monday through Friday.  There is a three (3) day waiting period before the actual marriage may occur.

Marriage License Applications are taken by appointment, please call (563) 244-0565 for your appointment.


Birth Certificates

Vital records of births are available at the Recorder's Office for the years 1880-1920 and 1942-current. The State Health Department has the records for 1921-1941. Birth Certificates are available statewide back to 1990.

Unwed births, adoption records, and legal name changes prior to 1990 must be obtained from the State Department of Health 866-809-0290.

Birth certificates are available statewide back to January 1, 1990.


Death & Marriage Certificates

Death & Marraige certificates are available statewide back to 1954 in the Recorder's Office.


To Obtain a Vital Record:

http://www.idph.iowa.gov/health-statistics/request-record