This office records land documents, records and issues certified copies of birth, marriage, and death records, and issues marriage licenses.


  Howard County, Iowa - Recorder

The Office of the Iowa County Recorder was created by the First Legislative Assembly of the Territory of Iowa in 1839. Since the creation of the County Recorder's office, numerous additional responsibilities have been added over the years.

The County Recorder is responsible for land and records management, maintaining and recording a wide variety of official documents affecting real estate and numerous other valuable miscellaneous documents. The office collects real estate transfer tax for the Iowa Department of Revenue and collects and reports the County Auditor's fee on transfer of property.

The Recorder's office serves as a licensing agent for the Iowa Department of Natural Resources by issuing fishing and hunting licenses, and registering and titling boats, snowmobiles, ATV's and ORV's.

As of July, 1997 the Recorder's office is the County Registrar of Vital Records and has the responsibility of issuing Marriage Licenses, registering Birth, Death and Marriage Certificates and issuing certified copies of Vital Records.

The Howard County Recorder's office we do take passport photos. The Auditor's Office is now the acceptance agent for passports. Click here for more information.

The Recorder's duties are defined by state statutes and established by state agencies through administrative actions. The County Recorder works with the Iowa Department of Natural Resources, Iowa Department of Revenue, Iowa Department of Public Health and the U.S. Department of State Federal Passport Agency. Detailed reports are filed monthly and annually to the county and to the state agencies.

The Howard County Recorder’s Office DOES NOT:
provide legal services
prepare legal documents
accept credit cards



Click on the links below for more specific information about the Recorders services.

Recorders Home Page

Iowa Document Recording Fees 2012

Genealogy Information

Military Service Records Information

Real Estate Information
»Land Records and Iowa Land Record Website
»Recording Information and Fees
»Document Formatting Standards
»Iowa Real Estate Transfer Tax Calculator

License Registration Information
»RVVRS
»Fishing and Hunting
»Boat
»ATV, ORV and Snowmobiles

Vital Records Information
»Marriage Application
»Birth, Death and Marriage
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:
Angie Courtney


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


By clicking on the links below you will be leaving the Howard County website and opening a new website.

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


Genealogy Websites:
Iowa GenWeb

Roots Web

US GenWeb

Iowa Gravestone
Photo Project

 
             

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