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Birth Records in Iowa

The Bureau of Health Statistics in Iowa maintains birth records from July 1, 1880 to the present.

All applications for certified copies of birth records must be in writing. You must completely identify the record you want and establish your need and entitlement to the birth record you are requesting.

Entitled persons include:
• The individual listed on the birth record
• The legal parents, grandparents, spouse, children, grandchildren, siblings, or a legal representative or guardian.

In addition, if you are a legal guardian, legal representative, or a sibling, you must provide additional proof of your entitlement to the record.

Obtaining a copy of a birth record can be done in person, by phone or by mail. Proof of identity is required in the form of a photo ID (or a legible photocopy when requesting a copy by mail). In addition, you must sign your request in the presence of a registrar at the Iowa Registrar of Vital Records (or have your signature notarized when requesting a copy of a birth record by mail).

Requesting a Birth Record in Person

You may request a birth record in person at:
Iowa Department of Public Health
Bureau of Health Statistics
Lucas State Office Building, 1st Floor
Des Moines, Iowa 50319-0075

The hours are from 7:00 AM to 4:45 PM Monday through Friday with closures for state recognized holidays.

You must complete a written application www.idph.state.ia.us/  and sign it in the presence of a registrar. You must also provide your valid, and current, government-issued photo ID card. You can pick up copies in person two days later or request they be mailed to an entitled person.

Requesting a Birth Record by Mail

Fill out the “Application for Copy of a Vital Record” form. This form can be downloaded at: www.idph.state.ia.us/

Next, have your signature on the form notarized, attach your fees in the form of a check or money order made payable to the “Iowa Department of Public Health”, and attach a legible photocopy of your current, government-issued photo ID card. Mail all of the above to:

Iowa Department of Public Health
Bureau of Health Statistics
Lucas State Office Building, 1st Floor
Des Moines, Iowa 50319-0075

Requesting a Birth Record by Phone

Call the state Health Statistics office at (515) 281-4944. Their hours are between 7:00 AM and 4:45 PM, Monday through Friday, except for Iowa’s state-observed holidays.

You’ll hear a recording with instructions for applying by mail or in person and finally by ordering with a credit card (acceptable cards are American Express, Discover, MasterCard, and Visa). Choose the credit card option when prompted and you will be connected to a health statistics operator who will take your information and process your payment. Ordering by phone incurs an additional $5.50 service fee. This is in addition to your birth record search fee and any other charges. Phone orders take up to three weeks to process.

Because of the high call volume, you can expect a long wait before reaching an operator – possibly over 20 minutes. You may not use credit cards for family history requests. For family history requests, apply in person or by mail.

Birth Record Fees

Searching for a record costs $15 (this is a non-refundable fee) the search includes one certified copy of the birth record - if it is located. Additional copies of the same record are $15. Acceptable forms of payment include check or money orders made payable to the issuing registrar’s office. The checks must be drawn from the applicant’s checking account and all money orders must be in the applicant’s name. In addition, all fees must be paid when applying for a birth record.

Commemorative Birth Records

Iowa-born citizens can request commemorative certificates of their birth record which makes a memorable keepsake or gift. Commemorative birth certificates include parchment with gold foil borders and an image of the state capital of Iowa. The personal information is in a beautiful calligraphy print and the certificate is signed by the Governor of Iowa and the State Registrar. These beautiful certificates are about 8 1/2 x 11 inches and are suitable for framing.

You can find an application for a commemorative birth certificate here: www.idph.state.ia.us/  You must fill the application out completely and have your signature notarized. As with any birth certificate request, you must meet the same qualifications (such as being an immediate family member or the person listed on the birth record) to request a commemorative record. You can specify whether you wish to pick up the certificate or have it mailed to you.

It takes about thirty days to process your application for an Iowa commemorative birth certificate. Fill out an application, have your signature notarized, attach your fees of $35 in the form of a check or money order, attach a legible copy of your current, government-issued photo ID, and mail to:

Iowa Department of Public Health
Bureau of Vital Statistics
Lucas State Office Building, 1st Floor
Des Moines, Iowa 50319-0075

The $35 commemorative birth record fee includes the search for the record along with one commemorative certificate. If the record is not located, you will receive the record search results and a partial refund ($20). The Department of Public Health keeps $15 as a search fee as required by statute. You can order additional commemorative certificates for the same record on the same application form. Each additional copy costs $35.

Interested in obtaining your birth certificate?

Here is a list of counties, offering information on who to contact, so that you can apply for your own birth certificate today:

Iowa:

Adair County Recorders
Greenfield, IA
515 - 743 - 2411

Adams County Recorder ~ http://www.adamscountyia.com/
Corning, IA
515 - 322 - 3744

Allamakee County Recorder
Waukon, IA
319 - 568 - 2364

Appanoose County Recorder
Centerville, IA
515 - 856 - 6103

Audubon County Recorder
Audubon, IA
712 - 563 - 2119

Benton County Clerk
Vinton, IA
319 - 472 - 3309

Black Hawk County Recorder ~ http://www.co.black-hawk.ia.us/depts/recorder.html
Waterloo, IA
319 - 291 - 2472

Boone County Recorder
Boone, IA
515 - 433 - 0514

Bremer County Recorder ~ http://www.co.bremer.ia.us/new/departments.htm
Waverly, IA
319 - 352 - 0401

Buchanan County Recorder
Independence, IA
319 - 334 - 4259

Buena Vista County Recorder ~ http://www.co.buena-vista.ia.us/recorder 
Storm Lake, IA
712 - 749 - 2539

Butler County Recorder ~ http://www.butlercoiowa.org/clerkofcourt.htm
Allison, IA
319 - 267 - 2735

Calhoun County Recorder
Rockwell City, IA
712 - 297 - 8121

Carroll County Recorder ~ http://www.co.carroll.ia.us/PublicHealth/publichealth.htm
Carroll, IA
712 - 792 - 3328

Cass County Recorder
Atlantic, IA
712 - 243 - 1692

Cedar County Recorder
Tipton, IA
319 - 886 - 2230

Cerro Gordo County Recorder ~ http://www.co.cerro-gordo.ia.us/Recorder/
Mason City, IA
515 - 421 - 3056

Chickasaw County Recorder ~ http://www.chickasawcoia.org/Recorder/certifiedcopy.asp
New Hampton, IA
515 - 394 - 2336

Clay County Recorder ~ http://www.co.clay.ia.us/
Spencer, IA
712 - 262 - 1081

Clayton County Recorder
Elkader, IA
319 - 245 - 2710

Clinton County Recorder
Clinton, IA
319 - 244 - 0223

Crawford County Recorder
Dennison, IA
712 - 263 - 3643

Dallas County Recorder ~ http://www.co.dallas.ia.us/recorder/recorder.asp
Adel, IA
515 - 993 - 5804

Delaware County Recorder
Manchester, IA
319 - 927 - 4665

Des Moines County Recorder ~ http://www.co.des-moines.ia.us/Recorder/Vitals.asp
Burlington, IA
319 - 753 - 8221

Dickenson County Recorder ~ http://www.co.dickinson.ia.us/default.asp
Spirit Lake, IA
712 - 336 - 1495

Dubuque County Recorder ~ http://www.dubuquecounty.org/offices/recorder/vitals.html
Debuque, IA
319 - 589 - 4434

Emmet County Recorder
Esterville, IA
712 - 362 - 4115

Fayette County Recorder
West Union, IA
319 - 422 - 3687

Floyd County Recorder ~ http://www.floydcoia.org/departments/recorder/certifiedcopy.asp
Charles City, IA
515 - 257 - 6154

Franklin County Recorder
Hampton, IA
515 - 456 - 5675

Fremont County Recorder ~ http://www.co.fremont.ia.us/fremcorecdbirth.htm
Sidney, IA
712 - 374 - 2315

Greene County Recorder
Jefferson, IA
515 - 386 - 3716

Grundy County Recorder
Grundy Center, IA
319 - 824 - 3234

Guthrie County Recorder
Guthrie Center, IA
515 - 747 - 3412

Hamilton County Recorder
Webster City, IA
515 - 832 - 9535

Hancock County Recorder
Garner, IA
515 - 923 - 2464

Hardin County Recorder
Eldora, IA
515 - 939 - 8178

Harrison County Recorder ~ http://www.harrisoncountyia.org/recorder/index.html
Logan, IA
712 - 644 - 2545

Henry County Recorder ~ http://www.henrycountyiowa.us/Recorder.html
Mt. Pleasant, IA
319 - 385 - 0765

Humboldt County Recorder
Dakota City, IA
515 - 332 - 3693

Ida County Recorder
Ida Grove, IA
712 - 364 - 2220

Iowa County Recorder
Marengo, IA
319 - 642 - 3622

Jackson County Recorder
Maquoketa, IA
319 - 652 - 2504

Jasper County Recorder
Newton, IA
515 - 792 - 5442

Jefferson County Recorder
Fairfield, IA
515 - 472 - 4331

Kossuth County Recorder
Algona, IA
515 - 295 - 5660

Lee County Recorder ~ http://www.leecounty.org/Services/RecorderServices.htm
Fort Madison, IA
319 - 372 - 4662

Linn County Recorder
Cedar Rapids, IA
319 - 398 - 3441

Louisa County Recorder ~ http://www.louisacountyiowa.org/louisa/recorder/vitals.html
Wapello, IA
319 - 523 - 5361

Lucas County Recorder
Chariton, IA
515 - 774 - 2413

Lyon County Recorder
Rock Rapids, IA
712 - 472 - 2381

Madison County Recorder ~ http://www.madisoncoia.us/recorder/recorder.html
Winterset, IA
515 - 462 - 3771

Mahaska County Recorder
Oskaloosa, IA
515 - 673 - 8187

Marion County Recorder
Knoxville, IA
515 - 828 - 2211

Marshall County Recorder
Marshalltown, IA
515 - 754 - 6355

Mills County Recorder ~ http://www.millscoia.us/recorder/recorder.html
Glenwood, IA
712 - 527 - 9315

Mitchell County Recorder
Osage, IA
515 - 732 - 5861

Monona County Recorder
Onawa, IA
712 - 423 - 2575

Monroe County Recorder
Albia, IA
515 - 932 - 5164

Montgomery County Recorder
Red Oak, IA
712 - 623 - 4363

Muscatine County Recorder ~ http://www.co.muscatine.ia.us/departments/rec_vit.shtml
Muscatine, IA
319 - 263 - 7741

Obrien County Recorder
Primghar, IA
712 - 757 - 3045

Osceola County Recorder
Sibley, IA
712 - 754 - 3345

Page County Recorder
Clarinda, IA
712 - 542 - 3130

Palo Alto County Recorder
Emmetsburg, IA
712 - 852 - 3701

Plymouth County Recorder ~ http://www.co.plymouth.ia.us/recorder1.htm
Le Mars, IA
712 - 546 - 4020

Polk County Recorder ~ http://recorder.co.polk.ia.us/vitals.htm
Des Moines, IA
515 - 286 - 3160

Pottawattamie County Recorder ~ http://www.pottcounty.com/html/departments14c.shtml
Council Bluffs, IA
712 - 328 - 5612

Poweshiek County Recorder
Montezuma, IA
515 - 623 - 5434

Sac County Recorder ~ http://www.saccounty.org/recorder/index.asp
Sac City, IA
712 - 662 - 7789

Shelby County Recorder ~ http://www.shco.org/recorder.htm
Harlan, IA
712 - 755 - 5640

Sioux County Recorder ~ http://www.siouxcounty.org/recorder.htm
Orange City, IA
712 - 737 - 2229

Story County Recorder ~ http://www.storycounty.com/index.aspx?DN=22,6,1,Documents
Nevada, IA
515 - 382 - 7230

Tama County Recorder ~ http://www.tamacounty.org/
Toledo, IA
515 - 484 - 3320

Wapello County Recorder
Ottumwa, IA
515 - 683 - 0045

Warren County Recorder ~ http://www.co.warren.ia.us/Recorder/vitals.htm
Indianola, IA
515 - 961 - 1089

Washington County Recorder
Washington, IA
319 - 653 - 7727

Webster County Recorder ~ http://webstercountyia.org/
Fort Dodge, IA
515 - 576 - 2401

Winnebago County Recorder
Forest City, IA
515 - 582 - 2094

Winnesheik County Recorder
Decorah, IA
319 - 382 - 3486

Woodbury County Recorder ~ http://www.woodbury-ia.com/departments/Recorder/
Sioux City, IA
712 - 279 - 6528

Worth County Recorder
Northwood, IA
515 - 324 - 2734

Wright County Recorder ~ http://www.wrightcounty.org/recorder.htm
Clarion, IA
515 - 532 - 3204

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