Records of births and deaths that have occurred in Poweshiek County are maintained in the Poweshiek County Recorder’s office. Marriage records are maintained in the county where the license to marry was obtained.
We do not have single parent births prior to July of 1995, birth records if you were adopted; or birth, death and marriage records between the years 1921 thru 1941. For the records we do not have, you may contact the Iowa Department of Public Health at (515) 281-4944.
All applications for certified copies of vital records must be in writing and completely identify the record, as well as satisfactorily establish entitlement to the record being requested. Entitled persons include the person named on the record or that person’s spouse, children, legal parents, grandparents, grandchildren, siblings, or legal representative or guardian. A photo ID including signature must be provided. Applicants must be 18 or older. Requests must include the applicant’s current government-issued photo identification, except if by mail, a clear photocopy of the ID, and the applicant’s signature signed in front of a notary public or in the presence of an Iowa Registrar of Vital Records.
A non-refundable $20 fee is required to search for a record and includes one certified copy if the record is located. Each additional copy of the same record is $20.
Birth, Death or Marriage Records
To obtain a certified copy of a birth certificate, death certificate or marriage record you can write to us or come into the office. We have Poweshiek County records only.
For instructions and an application form for a vital record select a link below.