Iowa Birth Records


Iowa has been maintaining birth records since July 1, 1880 when the government made it mandatory to begin recording vital events such as births. Incomplete collections before 1880 are available, but those requests must be made at the vital records office in the county where the individual was born.

Iowa is a closed record state, which means that certified copies can only be requested by the person named on the certificate, as well as their immediate family members (including spouse) and lawyers representing them.

Iowa Vital Records Office

The office that handles birth records from 1880-2022 for the entire state of Iowa is The Department of Public Health, where they provide birth records, marriage records, divorce records, and death records.

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