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Vital Records 

Marriage Records

Certified copies of marriage certificates are available.  Each certified copy is $15.00.  Certified copies are available only to those with entitlement.  To receive a copy, you must prove your relationship.

To apply for a marriage license, both parties and a witness (18 or older and knows both parties) must sign application before notary.  There is a $35 fee, a three day wait and the marriage can take place anywhere in Iowa. A 3-day waiver can be applied for at the Clerk of Court's Office. An additional $5.00 is then required at time of application.

Birth Records

Birth Records are available for years 1880 to 1920 and 1942 to current. The records for the years 1921 to 1941 are kept at the Iowa Dept of Public Health, in the vital records section.

Births to unwed mothers prior to 7/1/95 are only available at the Iowa Dept of Public Health.

Certified copies are available at a fee of $15.00 each*.

Certified copies available to only those with entitlement. That is, person named on record (if 18 or older), mother or father (if named on record), spouse, brother or sister (must show proof of entitlement), maternal grandparents and paternal grandparents (if father is named on record).

Please note that all applications must be notarized and be accompanied by a state issued I.D.*

Death Records 

Death records are available except for years 1921 to 1941. The records for the years 1921 to 1941 are kept at the Iowa Dept of Public Health.

Copies are available for certified at $15.00 each.

Iowa Department of Public Health
8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
(515) 281-4944





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