Requesting a Certified Copy
of an Iowa Birth, Death, or Marriage Certificate

For assistance with vital records, please call (563) 326-8650.

Vital records refer to official registration of births, deaths, and marriages. Certified copies of vital records can be obtained from this office once entitlement has been proven. Call the office to verify your entitlement. Certified copies are $20.00 each. If sending fee to our office, make check or money order payable to "Scott County Recorder".

Effective March 13, 2006, the request must be signed in front of a notary public and include a clear photocopy of the applicant’s current government-issued photo identification.

Use these forms for both state and local requests for a certified copy of an Iowa vital record (Birth, Death, or Marriage Certificate).

Use the chart below to determine the office to contact for your record.

Record Location
Vital Records: 1946 - Current Scott County Recorder's Office
Vital Records: 1880 - 1945 Iowa Department of Public Health
Single-parent births before July 1, 1995 Iowa Department of Public Health
Single-parent births after July 1, 1995 Scott County Recorder's Office
Legal name changes Iowa Department of Public Health
Adoptions Iowa Department of Public Health
Any record ordered seal by a court of law Iowa Department of Public Health

In Iowa, official registration of vital records (births, deaths, and marriages) began July 1, 1880.  All original records that have been registered are on file with the Iowa Department of Public Health, Bureau of Vital Records.  Statewide record searches are available from the state registrar.  Local registrars are located in county recorders offices and maintain records of birth, death and marriages that have occurred in that county.

County registrars, however, do not have code authority to have on record:

All applications for certified copies of vital record events must be in writing and completely identify the record, as well as satisfactorily establish entitlement to the record being requested. Entitled persons include the person named on the record or that person's spouse, children, legal parents, grandparents, grandchildren, siblings, or legal representative or guardian. Legal guardians and representatives

Application for a certified copy requires a fee of $15 for the record search and includes one certified copy. Each additional copy of the same record is also $15. If the record is not located, the applicant receives a notification to that affect. The $15 fee is retained for the search. Fees are payable by money order or local check made out to the issuing registrar's office (i.e., Iowa Department of Public Health for state-certified, county recorder's office for county-certified).