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Applying for an Iowa Marriage License

Marriage Application and License fee is $35.00. The parties to be married and one witness must be at least 18 years of age and must appear in person between the hours of 8:30 A.M. and 4:30 P.M. or you may mail a completed application that has been notarized to us. There is a three (3) day waiting period before the actual marriage may occur.
Please call 641-394-2336 or email recorders@chickasawcoia.org to have an application sent to you.

Requesting a Certified Copy of an Iowa Birth, Death, or Marriage Certificate 

Certified copies of birth, death and marriage can be obtained from this office once entitlement has been proven. Certified copies are $20.00 each.

Vital records are available at the Recorder/Registrar's office for the years 1880 - 1920 and 1942- current. We do have some records starting at 1854. The State Health Department has the records for 1921-1941.

Application For A Search For An Iowa Vital Record
Please call 641-394-2336 or email recorders@chickasawcoia.org to have an application sent to you.

In Iowa, official registration of births, deaths, and marriages began July 1, 1880. All original records that have been registered are on file with the Iowa Department of Public Health, Bureau of Vital Records. Statewide record searches are available from the state registrar. Local registrars are located in county recorders offices and maintain records of birth, death and marriages that have occurred in that county. County registrars, however, do not have code authority to have on record: single-parent births prior to July 1, 1995; adoptions; any record ordered seal by a court of law; or birth, death, and marriages between the years 1921 to 1941.

All applications for certified copies of vital record events 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. Legal guardians and representatives must also provide additional proof of guardianship or representation.

Application for a certified copy requires a fee of $20 for the record search and includes one certified copy. Each additional copy of the same record is also $20. If the record is not located, the applicant receives a notification to that affect. The $20 fee is retained for the search. Fees are payable by check or money order made out to the issuing registrar's office (i.e., Iowa Department of Public Health for state-certified, county recorder's office for county-certified).

For county-certified certificates from Chickasaw County please send to Chickasaw County Recorder, P.O. Box 14, New Hampton, IA 50659.  Please enclose a self addressed stamped envelope and a photo copy of your photo identification.  All applications received by mail must be notarized.


Certified copies of birth, death, or marriage certificates may be obtained from the state office of vital records by telephone, in-person, or through a postal service. Fees are payable by check or money order made out to the Iowa Department of Public Health. In-person requests may also be paid in cash. Requests for the purpose of family history take at least 60 days, regardless of the method of request.


Genealogy research is not performed by the Chickasaw County Recorders office.

We have a large collection of documents available for genealogy research during regular business hours. We do not take telephone request.


To order a certified copy by telephone using a credit card, call toll-free (866) 809-0290. An additional $13.00 fee is charged for the expedited process of credit card usage. An additional $3.00 fee is charged for group orders of more than one Vital Event within one order. Vital Check operator lines are available from 6:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m., Monday through Friday, except holidays.




Walk-in service is available for in-persons at the state vital records office between the hours of 7:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m., Monday through Friday, except for state-observed holidays. The office is located at the address listed below, just inside the main north entrance and to the left of the main lobby. The Lucas building is the first state office building east of the state Capitol building, on the south side of Grand Avenue. Written applications must be satisfactorily completed and signed. Applicants must also provide photo identification. Copies may either be picked up after two days or mailed to an entitled person.


Written request and fees may be mailed to the address below. Requests must state the relationship to the person named on the record and the purpose for the copy. Filled requests may take up to 30-45 days, depending on mail service.

Iowa Department of Public Health
Bureau of Vital Records
Lucas State Office Building, 1st Floor
321 E. 12th Street
Des Moines, Iowa 50319-0075

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