Birth, Death & Marriage Records

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MarriageCertificateWebBirth records Request & Availability

Entitlement to a record include person named on the record, or person’s spouse, children, legal parents, grandparents, grandchildren, siblings, or legal representative or guardian. (Legal guardians & representatives must provide proof of guardianship or representation) Applicant must be 18 years old or older.

Instructions for Mailing to Cerro Gordo County

  • Birth Records Request

    • 1880-1920

    • 1921-1941

    • 1942-1989

    • 1990 - Current

  • Death Records Request

    • 1880-1953

    • 1954- Current

  • Marriage Records Request

    • 1880-1953

    • 1954- Current

To order a Birth, Death, or Marriage Record through the State Office

Mail Request

Iowa Department of Public Health
Bureau of Health Statistics
Lucas State Office Building
1st floor, 321 E. 12th Street
Des Moines, IA  50319-0075

*Request must be signed in front of a notary public & include a photo copy of driver’s license

Telephone Request

Call toll free 1-866-809-0290 between 6:00 am CST – 7:00 pm CST  Certified copy fee of $15 and an additional $13 fee will be collected to screen the credit card and authenticate the caller’s identity and complete the order. Turnaround time may be about 2 weeks depending on volume & mail service.

*Genealogy requests are NOT available by telephone request.

In Person Request

 May be made at the state Bureau of Health Statistics from 7:00 am – 4:45 pm, Monday through Friday, except for State observed holidays. Inside the North lobby entrance and to the right.  The Lucas building is the 1st building East of the state Capital.

*Photo id (driver’s license is required)

*Application must be signed in the presence of registrar staff

*Certificate will generally be ready for pick up the next business day after 2:00 pm or mailed to entitled person.


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