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Iowa Vital Records - Births, Deaths & Marriages

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Learn how and where to obtain birth, marriage, and death certificates and records in Iowa, including the dates for which Iowa vital records are available, where they are located, and links to online Iowa vital records databases.

Iowa Vital Records:

Iowa Department of Public Health
Bureau of Vital Records
Lucas Office Building
321 East 12th Street
Des Moines, IA 50319-0075
Phone: (515) 281-4944 (recorded message)

Personal check or money order should be made payable to the Iowa Department of Public Health. Call or visit the Web site to verify current fees or to download an application form. Written requests for certified copies of vital records will not be accepted unless they include a clear photocopy of the applicant's current government-issued photo ID and the applicant's notarized signature. Family history requests take at least 60 days.

Iowa Birth Records:

Dates: From 1 July 1880
Cost of copy: $15.00
Comments: State law restricts access to the registrant, immediate family members or others representing a tangible intereste in the record. With your request, include as much as you can of the following information: the full name of the person listed on the certificate, date of birth, place of birth, full name of father, full maiden name of mother, your relationship to the person whose certificate you are requesting, your address and your notarized signature.
Application for Iowa Birth Certificate


Iowa Death Records:

Dates: From 1 July 1880
Cost of copy: $15.00
Comments: Death records prior to 1904 do not include parents' names. State law restricts access to the registrant and family members, genealogists representing the family, or others with a tangible interest. With your request, include as much as you can of the following information: the full legal name of the deceased, date of death, county of death, sex, date of birth, race, name of spouse, name of parents, the reason for your request, your relationship to the person named on the death certificate, and your notarized signature.
Application for Iowa Death Certificate


Iowa Marriage Records:

Dates: From 1 July 1880
Cost of Copy: $15.00
Comments:
Application for Iowa Marriage Certificate


Iowa Divorce Records:

Dates: Varies
Cost of copy: $6.00
Comments: For Iowa divorce records, contact the Clerk of District in the county where the divorce was granted.

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