Iowa Vital Records are official registrations of births, deaths and marriages.  Certified copies can be obtained from a County Recorder's Office or the IA Department of Public Health.

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Requesting a Certified Copy of an Iowa Vital Record

Iowa Vital Records are official registrations of births, deaths and marriages. Certified copies of Vital Records can be obtained from a County Recorderís office or the Iowa Department of Public Health.

Statewide record searches are available from the Iowa Department of Public Health.

County Recorders file and maintain births and deaths that have occurred in that county and file and maintain marriages of the licenses that were applied for in that county. The fee at the county level is $20.00 for each certified copy. We cannot accept personal checks for payment.  Entitlement has to be proven before a certified copy can be issued.

Use the chart below to determine whether to apply at the county or state level for a certified copy.

Record Location
Vital Records: 1880 Ė 1920 Iowa County Recorderís Office
Vital Records: 1921 Ė 1941 Iowa Department of Public Health
Vital Records: 1942 Ė present Iowa County Recorderís Office
Single-parent births before July 1, 1995 Iowa Department of Public Health
Single-parent births after July 1, 1995 Iowa County Recorderís Office
Legal name changes Iowa Department of Public Health
Adoptions Iowa Department of Public Health

Forms needed:

Application for a Search for an Iowa Vital Record

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Address of office:
901 Court Avenue

Marengo, IA 52301

Hours Office is open:
Monday - Friday
8:00 A.M - 4:30 P.M.

After hour appointments available for Marriage Applications

Phone Number:
(319) 642-3622

FAX Number:
(319) 642-5562

Office holder name:
Sue Peterson

Employees in Office:
Sherry Pope

Helen Mulligan

Downloadable forms
used in the office

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