Recorder Vital Records

Information on how to request copies of birth, death, and marriage records.

Recorder’s across the state have access to these records:

  • Births 1986-Present
  • Death 1954-Present
  • Marriage 1954-Present

Effective July 1, 2019, vital records fees will be $15.00.

  • County vital records are regulated by the Iowa Department of Public Health by state laws and administrative rules.
  • Certified copies may be obtained by mail or in person only if the application is completely filled out and notarized. You also need to include a copy of your government photo ID and proof of entitlement to the record requested. Our office accepts checks or money orders through the mail.

Certified Record Application Form Iowa Department of Health and Human Services


Certified Copies of Birth, Marriage & Death Certificates are available foe $15/copy and the requester must have direct and tangible interest in order to request.

Direct and Tangible Interest


Current and valid ID is reguired to obtain a certified record. If you do not have an unexpired ID

Acceptable Identity Documents


Photocopies of birth, death, and marriage records are available for $5/record. The event must have taken place in Pottawattamie County in order to obtain a photocopy. The record will be noted, "Not for Legal Purposes."




Phone (712) 328-5612
Fax: (712) 328-4738
Hours Monday - Friday

8:00am to 3:30pm
Real Estate Filings, Marriage Applications, Passports

8:00am to 4:00pm
Boat, Snowmobile, ATV, Birth, Death & Marriage Records
Location Pottawattamie County Courthouse
Second Floor
227 S 6th St
Council Bluffs, IA 51501