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.


  Lee 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.

Check or money order should be made payable to "Lee County Recorder" unless you are sending your form to Des Moines.  In that case, you would need to make your check or money order payable to "Iowa Department of Health".   If you have any question regarding payment, please call the Recorder's office at 319-376-1070.

 

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


Forms needed:
Application/Instructions for Copy of Birth Certificate
Application/Instructions for Copy of Death Certificate
Application/Instructions for Copy of Marriage Certificate
*These forms may be used for both state and county requests; you may CLICK HERE to go to www.idph.state.ia.us for more information.



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