Vital Records

Marriage Records


Certified copies of marriage certificates are available. Each certified copy is $20. Certified copies are available only to those with entitlement. To receive a copy, you must prove your relationship. 

Request a marriage record online.
  

Marriage Applications


To apply for a marriage license, both parties and a witness (18 or older and knows both parties) must sign application before notary. There is a $35 fee, a three day wait (not counting the day of application - see instructions) and the marriage can take place anywhere in Iowa. A three day waiver can be applied for at the Clerk of Court's Office, where an additional $5 is required at the time of application.

For a current application for marriage and marriage instructions, email us at recorder@linncounty.org.

Print the forms and instructions:

Birth Records


Birth Records are available for years 1880 to 1920 and 1942 to current. The records for the years 1921 to 1941 are kept at the Iowa Department of Public Health, in the vital records section. Births to unwed mothers prior to July 1, 1995 are only available at the Iowa Department of Public Health.

Certified copies are available for $20 each, and are only available to those with entitlement. 

Individuals with entitlement are:
  • Person named on record (if 18 or older)
  • Mother or father (if named on record)
  • Spouse
  • Brother or sister (must show proof of entitlement)
  • Maternal grandparents
  • Paternal grandparents (if father is named on record).
Please note: All applications must be notarized and be accompanied by a state-issued I.D.
  
Apply for a birth record.
  

Death Records


Death records are available except for years 1921 to 1941. The records for the years 1921 to 1941 are kept at the Iowa Department of Public Health. Certified copies are available for $20 each.

Apply for a death record.