Iowa Marriage & Divorce Vital Records

Iowa marriage divorce recordsCapitol: Des Moines
Most Populous City: Des Moines
Total Area: 56,272 sq mi 
Total Population (2010): 3046355
Source: Wikipedia

Iowa vital records may be obtained from the state Bureau of Vital Records by telephone, in-person, through by mail, or online. (See for more information about the bureau.) Iowa marriage records since July 1880 may be obtained from the Iowa Department of Public Health, Bureau of Vital Records. Statewide record searches are available from the state registrar. Marriage records are maintained in the county where the license to marry was obtained. County registrars are not authorized by law to have records for marriages between the years 1921 to 1941. See to request a search for an Iowa Marriage Record for the Purpose of Obtaining a Certified Copy. Requests for Iowa divorce records, available since 1906 and only in brief statistical formats, will be forwarded to the appropriate office or to the Clerk of District Court in the county where the divorce was granted.

For more information on Iowa vital records, visit Iowa Birth & Death Vital Records

Iowa Vital Records Offices

Record Type: Marriage Certificates
Iowa Department of Public Health
Bureau of Vital Records
321 E 12th St, Lucas Bldg
Des Moines, IA 50319-0075
Phone: 515-281-4944
Fax: 515-281-0479

Business Hours: 7AM-4:45PM
Search Note: Must have copy of a photo ID (mail) or a photo ID (in person) to search. The requester's signature must be notarized. A request form is available from the web.

Records Available: Divorce Records
Note: Divorce records are found at the county court issuing the decree. In general, records are available from 1880. Iowa Bureau of Vital Records does keep a divorce index, but no records.

Records Available: Statewide Court Records
Clerk of Supreme Court
Judicial Branch Bldg
111 East Court Ave
Des Moines, IA 50319
Phone: 515-281-5241
Fax: 515-242-0014
Business Hours: 8AM-4:30PM
Note: Access docket information using the online system described below. Copies of case files must be obtained from the trial courts.

Records Available: Criminal Records
DPS - Division of Criminal Investigations
Records Unit
215 E 7th St
Des Moines, IA 50319
Phone: 515-725-6066
Fax: 515-725-6073

Business Hours: 8AM-4:30PM
Note: Iowa law requires employers to pay the fee for potential employees record checks. (This is normal operating procedure when an employer uses a pre-employment screening company in compliance with FCRA.)
Record Access Requirements: A signed release or waiver is not required, nor are fingerprints. If a waiver is included, the report will show any arrest over 18 months old without a disposition, otherwise not. Email questions to [email protected]
Search Note: Be sure to give the full name. Request form is required for each surname. Form can be obtained from the web by fax, mail, or in person. A returned record is genuine if the DCI logo is imbedded, except if returned by fax.

Records Available: Incarceration Records
Iowa Department of Corrections
510 E 12th Street
Des Moines, IA 50319
Phone: 515-725-5701
Fax: 515-725-5799

Business Hours: 8AM-4:30PM
Note: When a person has a deferred judgment and is under the supervison of this Department, the record is public. When the probation is completed, the record is no longer public record.
Record Access Requirements: Computer records go back to 1983.
Search Note: Location, physical identifiers, county of conviction, and conviction information details are released. Deeper records - sentencing information - are also available; please include details of reason for request.

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