About the Office of the County Recorder

The office of County Recorder was created by the first Legislative Assembly of the Territory of Iowa in 1839.  The basic duty of the County Recorder was to maintain official records of documents affecting title to real estate in order to preserve property rights and protect innocent third parties in real estate transactions.  Since 1839, County Recorders have acquired more responsibilities such as Registrar of Vital Records, issuer of recreational vehicle registrations and hunting and fishing licenses

The County Recorder's Office is at the hub of the courthouse function to serve you. A significant portion of duties performed by other county officials is dependent on the work performed by your County Recorder.


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Iowa Newborn Birth Certificate Wallet Cards Issued from 1993-2009 will be exchanged at no cost to the entitled customer.

How to Request a Certified Record 
 and frequently asked questions.

You may also exchange the wallet card at the Des Moines County Recorder's Office. *Some exclusions may apply
1. Complete the Application for Certified Copy of Iowa Vital Record       Application for Copy of Birth Certificate
2. Present ID to Vital Records Clerk
3. Surrender original newborn birth certificate wallet card for exchange