Official Website for Madison County, Iowa

Madison County, Iowa - Vital Records

Vital Records

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Marriage Application Information

You may apply for a Marriage License at any County Recorder’s office in Iowa as long as the ceremony is performed in Iowa. Marriage Applications are accepted in Madison County between the hours of 8:00 A.M. and 4:30 P.M.

To apply for a Marriage License in the Recorder’s Office:

 Party A, Party B, and one witness (must be 18 years or older) must appear in person,
 All three must present photo identification (driver’s license or government issued ID),
 $35.00 fee includes a certified copy of the Marriage Certificate.

There is a 3-day waiting period before the License is valid and the actual marriage may occur. This does NOT include the day the application is received for processing and will be delayed if there are errors on the application.

You must use the current form of Application for Marriage prescribed by the Iowa Department of Public Health. In order to receive the Application by email, you can either call our office at (515) 462-3771 or send us an email at You can also apply via regular mail by contacting our office for instructions. Otherwise, you must apply in person at the Recorder’s office.

You must retain an officiant and provide two witnesses for the marriage ceremony. The ceremony must be performed in the state of Iowa.

Once the marriage has been performed and the Certificate of Marriage has been returned to the Recorder’s office and placed on record, a certified copy will be mailed to Party A or Party B. Either Party may use this certified copy for a name change on social security and driver’s license, etc.

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.



Vital Records: 1880 -1920

Recorder's Office

Vital Records: 1921 - 1941

Iowa Department of Public Health

Vital Records: 1942 - Present

Recorder's Office

Single-parent births before July 1, 1995

Iowa Department of Public Health

Single-parent births after July 1, 1995

Recorder's Office

Legal Name Changes

Iowa Department of Public Health


Iowa Department of Public Health

Forms Needed:

 Application for a Search for an Iowa Vital Record
 This form may be used for both state and county requests; you may go to for more information.