Iowa Public Records

Some records are made exempt.  These include law enforcement investigative files, personnel & medical files, attorney records, trade secrets, government reports that give unfair competitive advantage, and records that could compromise public safety or personal privacy.

Listed below are the online statewide databases that we think will be most helpful to you.  You may reach other resources, such as city and county databases, via the side navigation.

  • Court System - The Iowa court system has two levels. At the first level is the District Court, which is the trial court in Iowa and has general jurisdiction of all civil, criminal, juvenile, and probate matters. There are eight judicial districts in Iowa. At the second level are the two appellate courts: The Court of Appeals, which is the intermediate appellate; and the Supreme Court, the highest court. In Iowa, a case on appeal from the District Court moves to the Supreme Court, which can either review the lower court decision, or assign it to the Court of Appeals for review.  Iowa Court Records
  • Criminal Records - All criminal felony, misdemeanor, DUI/DWI, and juvenile cases are handled by the District Court. Appeals move straight to the Supreme Court.  For database access and information about official background searches, go to our Iowa Criminal Records page.
  • Vital Records - Copies of vital record certificates are provided by: 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.  Reference our Vital Records page for historical birth indexes; the Social Security Death Index for Iowa, plus statewide deaths & burials from 1850 to 1990, and available city & county databases for deaths, cemeteries & obituaries; statewide marriages from 1809 to 1992, and historical marriages in Scott County; and family court divorce records.


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Attorney General Opinions

Search the Iowa Attorney General's database of opinions from 1997 to the present by keyword.

Banking | Banks, Trust Companies, Holding Companies

Regulated state-chartered banks, bank holding companies, and trust operations in Iowa

Banking | Financial Service Licenses

Search for Iowa licensed currency exchanges, debt management companies, delayed deposit companies, education providers, industrial loan companies, money services, mortgage brokers, and mortgage bankers.

Births and Christenings 1830-1950

Iowa births and christenings recorded between 1877 and 1920.

Campaign Disclosure Sanctions and Actions

The Iowa Ethics and Campaign Disclosure Board provides listings of campaign actions (administrative dissolutions, adjusting entries and remedial actions), sanctions (reprimands, admonishments and delinquencies/civil penalties) and hearings/decisions.

Campaign Finance Disclosures

The Iowa Ethics and Campaign Disclosure Board provides listings of reports from the executive branch (personal financial disclosure, lobbyist/client and session reception) and on campaign finance (state/local and state committee reports) in PDF format.

Census Records 1840 - 1860

Provided by Access Genealogy. Browse Iowa census records from 1840 - 1860. Census information is listed by county and date.


Provided by the Iowa General Assembly. Search this version of the Iowa Code by Chapter and/or Section. Gives full text and cross-referencing.


Search past and present Iowa state codes by chapter & section or keyword. Gives full text and cross-referencing.

County Records

Search public records free in Iowa counties.

Court Opinions | Appeals Court

Iowa Court of Appeals opinions. Search by by filing date, text, or case number.

Court Opinions | Supreme Court

Iowa state Supreme Court opinions by filing date or search by case number. Provides summary and full text of each opinion.

Court Records | PACER Federal District Courts  Pay Site

PACER United States District Court civil, criminal, and bankruptcy records for the Northern and Southern Districts of Iowa.

Crash Reports

Use this Iowa State Patrol Department of Public Safety service to search for Iowa State Patrol Crash Reports by date, type, or county.

Criminal Histories | Official  Pay Site

Go here for information from the Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation on how to do a complete official Iowa Criminal History request by mail or fax. Requires a waiver signature from the subject.

Deaths and Burials 1850-1990

Search for Iowa deaths and burials recorded between 1850 and 1990.

Education Jobs

Search for Iowa education jobs by area, category, or keyword.

Electronic Employee Register

Search the State of Iowa government electronic employee register by name, department, or address.

Foreclosure Sales

Available auctions of tax sale foreclosures in Iowa counties.


Database of submitted Iowa gravestone information and photographs.


Use this Iowa Insurance Division site to research fraud investigation, company regulation, consumer information, insurance agents and companies.


State of Iowa career opportunities.

Jobs - Full Time & Part Time

Choose "full time" or "part time" under "Availability" and search for Iowa jobs by title, location, or minimum education/experience. Gives title, location, minimum qualifications, salary, hours, contact/application, information, etc.

Jobs - Government

Browse government job vacancies by general category. Gives job title, vacancy number, salary, location, minimum qualifications, closing date, job description, and application information.

Legal - Weapons Laws

Browse parts of the Iowa state code that have to do with owning, carrying, and using weapons (mainly chapter 724).


Search or browse for legislation (files, bills, resolutions, amendments, reports, etc.) by the Iowa state House or Senate (1995-Present). Gives full text, summary, sponsor, and history (dates, actions, and cross-reference) for each item.

Licenses | Professional, Medical & Business

Search for Iowa professional and business licenses, including those for attorneys, CPAs, physicians, nurses, contractors, real estate brokers, and more.

Liquor Products

Iowa Department of Commerce - Alcoholic Beverage Commission liquor product list.

Lobbyist Directory

Browse alphabetically by last name for registered lobbyists in Iowa. Provides name, address, and phone number.

Lobbyists and Declarations

Search for lobbyists, declarations, or lobbyist clients by name. Lists may be sorted by lobbyist or client.

Marriages 1809-1992

Index of over 2 million Iowa marriage records filed between 1809 and 1992.

Missing Children

Iowa missing children search.

Missing Persons

Iowa Department of Public Safety missing persons clearinghouse.

Protective Orders

Search for protective orders in Iowa by case number and respondent name and county of issuance.

State Employee Salaries

Iowa State Employee Salary database.

Traffic Tickets

Use this Iowa Courts Online service to search for traffic tickets by county and case number or name and make payments online.

Uniform Commercial Code

Search Iowa Secretary of State UCC and federal tax lien records by individual name, business name, or filing number. Access to the certified database, searches, and document copies are all free.

Iowa is located in the midwest region of the United States. The Capital is Des Moines and the largest city is Des Moines.  The Official Web Site is located at  Iowa is the 30th most populous state in the United States.  The 2014 population estimate is 3,107,126 and the 2010 census population was 3,046,869.  The land area is 55,857.13 square miles and there are 54.5 persons per square mile.

92.5% of the population is White, 3.3% is Black or African American, 5.5% is Hispanic or Latino, 2% is Asian, 0.5% is American Indian or Alaska Native, 0.1% is Hawaiian or Pacific Islander, and 1.6% are two or more races. 91% are a high school graduate or higher, and 25.7% have a Bachelor degree or higher.

The median home value is $124,300. There are on average 2.42 persons per household, the per capita income is $27,027, the median household income is $51,843, and 12.4% of the persons in Iowa are considered below poverty level.

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