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Birth Records

Available Records

Iowa birth records from 1986 to the current date are available in all counties in Iowa regardless of the county the event occurred. 

Birth events that took place in Poweshiek County between 1880 to 1986 are available at the Poweshiek County Recorder’s office. (There are some instances where the record may not be available at the county level.)

Poweshiek County has limited birth records between 1921 and 1941. 

Poweshiek County does NOT have access to single-parent birth records prior to January 1986, nor do we have access to adoption birth records. Those records can be obtained through the Iowa Department of Health and Human Services.


Certified copies are available for $15 to persons of entitlement. Payment methods accepted are cash, check or credit card.

Non-certified, plain paper copies of Poweshiek County birth records are available at no charge. 


You will need a valid photo ID or driver's license, be at least 18 years old and have entitlement.

Ways to Apply:

  • Apply in person.
  • Applying by mail. If applying by mail, you must complete the application and have your signature notarized. Submit the notarized application, a copy of your government issued photo ID and a check or money order payable to Poweshiek County Recorder to the following address:

Poweshiek County Recorder
302 E Main St
PO Box 656
Montezuma, IA 50171

  • Order by phone call VitalChek at 1-866-809-0290

If you have any questions, please call 641-623-5434.

Vital Record Application


If you do not have a valid driver's license or ID, please provide alternative identification. Identity Documents as acceptable forms of alternative IDs.


Direct and Tangible Interest 

See below for more information on how to order a record through the Iowa Department of Health and Human Services.

Record Request

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