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Vital Records

Birth, Marriage, Death Certificates

The City Clerk's Office is not responsible for birth and marriage licenses but we are happy to provide you with information on how to obtain these vital records.

Contact the Polk County Recorder at (515) 286-3160 or their website for:

  • Marriage licenses and marriage certificates
  • Polk County birth certificates
  • Polk County death certificates
  • Deeds & Contracts
  • State & Federal Tax Liens
  • Mortgages
  • Assignments
  • Releases
  • Plats & Surveys
  • Easements
  • Military Records

Contact the State of Iowa Department of Public Health at (515) 281-4944 or their website for:

  • Iowa birth certificates for people not born in Polk County
  • For Iowa death records not available at the Recorder’s Office

Contact the Polk County Election Office at (515) 286-3247 or their website for:

  • Voter registration
  • Office Hours: 7:30 AM - 5:00 PM
  • Address
Polk County Administrative Building  Directions 
111 Court Ave Suite 250
Des Moines, Iowa 50309