Click on the links below to search free birth, death, marriage, and divorce record databases in Iowa.

Visit the Iowa Department of Public Health for information on how to obtain birth and death certificates, and marriage & divorce records.  To place an order, write to:

Iowa Department of Public Health

Bureau of Vital Statistics
Lucas State Office Building, 1st Floor
321 East 12th Street
Des Moines, IA 50319
(515) 281-4944 recording

Iowa prefers you get all Vital Records from the State Office in Des Moines and NOT at the County Clerk's office. For written requests you must complete the Application for Copy of a Vital Record form and attach a check or money order payable to the Iowa Department of Public Health.

For phone requests, credit cards currently being accepted include American Express, Discover, Mastercard, and Visa for an additional $5.50 processing fee. Due to the volume of calls received daily, callers may expect to hold the line (possibly 20 minutes or more) while waiting for the next available operator. Also, credit cards may not be used to pay for family history requests.

Requests for the purpose of family history take at least 60 days, regardless of the method of request.

Birth Records since July 1880 - $15

Commemorative Birth Certificate - $35

Death Records since July 1880 - $15

Marriage Records since July 1880 - $15

Commemorative Marriage Certificate - $35

Divorce Records since 1906. Only brief statistical divorce records are available.

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