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Madison County, Iowa - Recorder

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Military discharge papers (DD 214’s) may be filed in the Madison County Recorder’s office. An original or certified copy is needed for filing purposes.


If you wish to request a certified copy of a military discharge, please complete and return the application. This may be done in person or through the mail. Please send a photo copy of your driver’s license if mailing. Entitlement has to be proven before a certified copy can be issued. There is no charge to record or obtain a certified copy of a military record.


Additional resources:

Madison County Veterans Affairs


If enlisted from the state of Iowa:

Iowa Commission of Veterans Affairs
7700 Northwest Beaver Dr., Building A6A
Camp Dodge
Johnston, IA 50131-1902
(515) 242-5331


To use the calculator, enter the amount paid in the top field. The rest of the fields will automatically calculate showing the process to calculate the amount.

Enter the amount paid in the top field, the rest will auto-calculate.

Total Amount Paid (Must be < $ 99,999,999)

Rounded Up to Nearest $ 500 Increment


Taxable Amount

Tax Rate

Tax Amount Due

You may calculate real estate transfer tax by entering the total amount paid for the property.

This calculation is based on $1.60 per thousand and the first $500 is exempt.


Genealogy research is not performed by the Madison County Recorder’s office. However, this office has land and vital records that are open to the public.

Recorder's Office Contact Information

Madison County Annex

PO Box 152

201 W Court Ave

Winterset, Iowa 50273

Monday - Friday  8:00am  - 4:30pm
Phone number: (515) 462-3771​​​​​​​  
Fax number:  (515) 462-5006

Recorder/Registrar: Lisa K. Smith

Term Expires: 12/31/2022

1st Deputy: Brandy Macumber

2nd Deputy: Angie Day