Iowa Deaths from 1954 to the present are available in all counties in Iowa, regardless of the county where the event occurred. Prior to 1954, records would only be available in the county where the event occurred.
When requesting a certified death record by mail, all completed applications must be notarized and a photocopy of the applicant's valid driver's license or other government-issued photo ID is required. We also request a check, money order (or bank certified check) made payable to the Poweshiek County Recorder. All certified copies are $15 each.
If the event occurred in Poweshiek County, and you would like us to process it, please mail your completed application to:
Poweshiek County Recorder
302 E Main St
PO Box 656
Montezuma, IA 50171
Non-certified copies of death records are available for a fee of $5.00 per record. Non-certified copies are only available in the county where the event occurred. For more information on genealogical requests, please contact our office at 641-623-5434.
Poweshiek County has limited records from 1921 to 1941. The application may be brought into our office or mailed to the Iowa Department of Public Health in Des Moines, Iowa:
Iowa Department of Public Health
Bureau of Health Statistics
Lucas State Office Building, 1st Floor
321 E 12th Street
Des Moines, Iowa 50319-0075
To order a death record via phone through the IDPH, please follow the instructions on the back of the Vital Record Application or on their website with the link below.