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Birth 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.
To order a Birth, Death, or Marriage Record through the State Office
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
Call toll free 1-866-809-0290 between 6:00 am CST – 7:00 pm CST Certified copy fee of $20 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 2:00pm or mailed to entitled person.