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How to request a certified record by phone

Customers can call a toll-free number 866-809-0290 from 6:00 am CST through 7:00 pm CST, Monday through Friday, except for holidays. A fee of $20.00 is required for the record search and includes one copy if a record is on file in our office. Each additional copy of the record is also $20.00. A VitalChek operator will take your information, screen your credit card, authenticate your identity and complete your order. The fee to screen your credit card and authenticate the caller is an additional $13.00. If you request a group order which consists of more than one Vital Event (i.e. Birth, Death or Marriage) within one order there is a fee of $3.00.

Credit cards currently being accepted include American Express, Discover, MasterCard and Visa.

Your request may take 7-21 business days to process.

 

How to request a certified record online

For your convenience, you can process online requests through an independent company that the Iowa Department of Public Health Bureau of Vital Records has partnered with to provide you this service; VitalChek Network, Inc. VitalChek can be reached through their website; http://www.vitalchek.com. An additional fee is charged by VitalChek for this service, and all major credit cards are accepted, including American Express®, Discover®, MasterCard® or Visa®.

 

How to request a certified record by mail

The information on the 'Application for Copy of a Vital Record' form (see below) must be completed in order to make an application for a certified copy of a vital record (birth, death, marriage) registered with the Iowa Department of Public Health. In Iowa, registration of births, deaths and marriages began July 1, 1880. No records of events prior to July 1, 1880, are on file in this office.

A fee of $20.00 is required for the record search and includes one copy. Each additional copy of the record is also $20.00. If the record is not located, the applicant shall receive a notification of the record search. The $20.00 fee shall be retained for the search.

Upon completion of the application form with a notarized signature, attach a check or money order payable to the 'Iowa Department of Public Health,' a clear photocopy of the applicant's current, government-issued photo identification, and submit to the address listed below.

Iowa Department of Public Health
Bureau of Health Statistics
Lucas State Office Building, 1st Floor
Des Moines, Iowa 50319-0075

Documents denoted by Adobe Acrobat Logo are available in Portable Document Format (.pdf).

 

How to request a certified record in person

Walk-in service is available for in-person requests at the state vital records office between the hours of 7:00 a.m. and 4:45 p.m., Monday through Friday, except for state-observed holidays. The office is located at the address listed below, just inside the main north entrance and to the right of the main lobby. The Lucas building is the first state office building east of the state Capitol building, on the south side of Grand Avenue. Written applications must be satisfactorily completed and signed. Applicants must also provide valid, current government-issued photo identification. Copies may either be picked up after two days or mailed to an entitled person.

Iowa Department of Public Health
Bureau of Health Statistics
Lucas State Office Building, 1st Floor
Des Moines, Iowa 50319-0075

 

How to request a commemorative birth certificate

The Iowa Department of Public Health is pleased to offer Iowa-born citizens the opportunity to obtain commemorative certificates of their birth record. The commemorative birth certificate makes a memorable keepsake or gift.

This parchment certificate features a gold foil border, image of the state capital of Iowa, and calligraphy print of the individual’s personal information. Each certificate is signed by both the Governor of Iowa and the State Registrar.  Its 8-1/2” x 11” size is suitable for framing.

Certificates are delivered in protective envelopes within 30 days of application.  All applicants must meet the same qualifying direct-and-tangible interest standards (i.e., immediate family) as for any certified birth certificate request.  Submit each fully completed application form with $35 (check or money order) to:

Iowa Department of Public Health
Bureau of Vital Statistics
Lucas State Office Building, 1st Floor
Des Moines, Iowa 50319-0075

Application

The information on the form must be completed in order to make application for the Iowa commemorative birth certificate. Registration of births in Iowa officially began July 1, 1880.  The original records of all births registered in Iowa are maintained in the Bureau of Health Statistics, Iowa Department of Public Health. 

The $35 fee for the commemorative birth certificate includes the search for the record and one commemorative certificate. If the record is not located, the applicant will receive a notification of the record search results and a $15 refund, with $20 retained in this office to cover the cost of the search as required by statute. Effective March 13, 2006, commemorative requests require a clear photocopy of the applicant's current government-issued photo identification and signature signed in front of a Notary Public.

Each additional commemorative certificate for the same record is $35 and can be ordered on the same application form.

Documents denoted by Adobe Acrobat Logo are available in Portable Document Format (.pdf).

 

How to request a commemorative marriage certificate

The Iowa Department of Public Health is pleased to offer Iowa-born citizens the opportunity to obtain commemorative certificates of marriage. The commemorative marriage certificate makes a memorable keepsake or gift.

This parchment certificate features a gold foil border, image of the state capital of Iowa, and calligraphy print of the individual’s personal information. Each certificate is signed by both the Governor of Iowa and the State Registrar.  Its 8-1/2” x 11” size is suitable for framing.

Certificates are delivered in protective envelopes within 30 days of application.  All applicants must meet the same qualifying direct-and-tangible interest standards (i.e., immediate family) as for any certified birth certificate request.  Submit each fully completed application form with $35 (check or money order) to:

Iowa Department of Public Health
Bureau of Health Statistics
Lucas State Office Building, 1st Floor
Des Moines, Iowa 50319-0075

Application

The information on the form must be completed in order to make application for the Iowa commemorative birth certificate. Registration of births in Iowa officially began July 1, 1880.  The original records of all births registered in Iowa are maintained in the Office of Health Statistics, Iowa Department of Public Health. 

The $35 fee for the commemorative birth certificate includes the search for the record and one commemorative certificate. If the record is not located, the applicant will receive a notification of the record search results and a $15 refund, with $20 retained in this office to cover the cost of the search as required by statute. Effective March 13, 2006, commemorative requests require a clear photocopy of the applicant's current government-issued photo identification and signature signed in front of a Notary Public.

Each additional commemorative certificate for the same record is $35 and can be ordered on the same application form.

Documents denoted by Adobe Acrobat Logo are available in Portable Document Format (.pdf).