Birth Records


The Iowa DOT released an announcement that Iowa Mobile ID is available in the Apple Store and Google Play. The app allows residents to keep a digital version of their Iowa-issued driver’s license or ID on their smartphone.

For Vital Records and Notary purposes, the physical driver's license is still required. Per instructions from the Iowa Department of Health and Human Services the Iowa County Recorder's Office will not be accepting any Iowa Mobile ID's presented to our office.  

Birth records are maintained in the Recorder's Office, issuing certified copies of these records.

The Iowa County Recorder has records for births occurring in our county starting in 1880. Each certified copy is $15.00. Those requesting certified copies must prove entitlement (immediate family) before acquiring a copy.

Births from 1985 to the current date are available electronically in all counties in Iowa, regardless of where the event occurred.

When requesting a certified birth record by mail, all completed applications must be notarized and a photocopy of the applicant's valid driver's license or other government-issued picture ID is required. We accept a check or money order made payable to the Iowa County Recorder. All certified copies are $15 each.

If the event occurred in Iowa County, and you would like us to process it, please mail your completed application to:

Iowa County Recorder
901 Court Ave.
Marengo, IA 52301

To order a birth record via phone through the IDHHS, please follow the instructions on their website.

Iowa Department of Health & Human Services
Bureau of Health Statistics
Lucas State Office Building, 1st Floor
321 E. 12th St.
Des Moines, IA 50319-0075