Iowa Vital Records are official registrations of births, deaths and marriages. Certified copies can be obtained from a County Recorder's Office or the IA Department of Public Health.


  Howard County, Iowa - Recorder Information
  Births, Deaths, & Marriage Vitals Records

Requesting a Certified Copy of an Iowa Vital Record

Iowa Vital Records are official registrations of births, deaths and marriages. Certified copies of Vital Records can be obtained from a County Recorder’s office or the Iowa Department of Public Health.

Statewide record searches are available from the Iowa Department of Public Health.

County Recorders file and maintain births and deaths that have occurred in that county and file and maintain marriages of the licenses that were applied for in that county. The fee at the county level is $20.00 for each certified copy. Entitlement has to be proven before a certified copy can be issued.

Use the chart below to determine whether to apply at the county or state level for a certified copy.

 
Record Location
Vital Records: 1880 – 1920 Howard County Recorder’s Office
Vital Records: 1921 – 1941 Iowa Department of Public Health
Vital Records: 1942 – present Howard County Recorder’s Office
Single-parent births before
July 1, 1995
Iowa Department of Public Health
Single-parent births after
July 1, 1995
Howard County Recorder’s Office
Legal name changes Iowa Department of Public Health
Adoptions Iowa Department of Public Health


Forms needed:
Adobe PDF icon Application for a Search for an Iowa Birth Record
Adobe PDF icon Application for a Search for an Iowa Marriage Record
Adobe PDF icon Application for a Search for an Iowa Death Record
Form may be used for both state and county requests; you may CLICK HERE to go to www.idph.state.ia.us for more information.
For county applications, please make payment payable to Howard County Recorder



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Address:
Howard County Courthouse
137 North Elm Street
Cresco IA 52136

Office Hours:
Monday - Friday
8:00am -  4:30pm

Phone Number:
563.547.9210

FAX Number:
563.547.9252

County Recorder:
Cherri L. Caffrey


Employees in Recorder's Office:
Deputy Recorder:
Roxann Vokaty

PT Clerk:
Lori Balik

Recorder Forms:
Downloadable forms
used in the Recorder's office




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Recorder Links:
Iowa State Association of Counties (ISAC)

Iowa Land Records

Other Related Links:
Iowa DNR

Iowa Secretary of State

State of Iowa Government

Iowa Legislature
General Assembly


Iowa Department of
Public Health


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Iowa GenWeb

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