Birth, Death, and Marriage Certificates
Iowa Vital Records are official registrations of births, deaths and marriages. Certified copies of Vital Records can be obtained from a County Recorder’s office or the Iowa Department of Public Health.
Statewide record searches are available from the Iowa Department of Public Health.
County Recorders file and maintain births and deaths that have occurred in that county and file and maintain marriages of the licenses that were applied for in that county. The fee at the county level is $15.00 for each certified copy. Entitlement has to be proven before a certified copy can be issued. Use the chart below to determine whether to apply at the county or state level for a certified copy.
Record Vital Records: 1880 -1920 Loaction Recorder's Office
Record Vital Records: 1921 - 1941 Location Iowa Department of Public Health
Record Vital Records: 1942 - Present Location Recorder's Office
Record Single-parent births before July 1, 1995 Location IA Department of Public Health
Record Single-parent births after July 1, 1995 Location Recorder's Office
Record Legal Name Changes Location Iowa Department of Public Health
Record Adoptions Location Iowa Department of Public Health
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