Marriage Application information provided by the Howard County, Iowa Recorders office including Application and Instructions.

  Howard County, Iowa - Recorder Information
  Marriage Application

You may apply for a Marriage License at any County Recorderís office in Iowa as long as the ceremony is performed in Iowa. Marriage Applications are accepted in Howard County between the hours of 8:00 A.M. and 4:00 P.M.

To apply for a Marriage License in the Recorderís Office:
Party A, Party B, and one witness (must be 18 years or older)
All three must present photo identification (driverís license or government issued ID),
$35.00 fee includes a certified copy of the Marriage Certificate.

*There is a 3-day waiting period before the License is valid and the actual marriage may occur.

*Once the marriage has been performed and the Certificate of Marriage has been returned to the Recorderís office and placed on record, a certified copy will be mailed to Party A and Party B. Either Party may use this certified copy for a name change on social security and driverís license, etc.

State of Iowa Marriage License Instructions (revised April 2009)
Application for Marriage License in Iowa (revised April 2009) - Please print this document on both sides so that you present only one sheet of paper not two.
Application for Waiver of Three Day Waiting Period (revised April 2009)

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Howard County Courthouse
137 North Elm Street
Cresco IA 52136

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

Phone Number:

FAX Number:

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:
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