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

Iowa Department of Public Health
Bureau of Vital Records

Lucas State Office Building, 1st Floor
321 E. 12th Street
Des Moines, Iowa 50319-0075
(515) 281-4944
http://www.idph.state.ia.us

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

Certified copies of birth, death, or marriage certificates may be obtained from the Iowa Department of Public Health Bureau of Vital Records by telephone, in-person, or by postal service.

Fees are payable by check or money order made out to the Iowa Department of Public Health. In-person requests may also be paid in cash. Requests for the purpose of family history take at least 60 days, regardless of the method of request.