Iowa Vital Records are official registrations of births, deaths and marriages.  Certified copies can be obtained from a County Recorder's Office or the IA Department of Public Health.

  Cedar County, Iowa - Recorder Information
  Births, Deaths, and Marriage Vitals Records

Requesting a Certified Copy of an Iowa Vital Record

Iowa Vital Records are official registrations of births, deaths and marriages. Certified copies of Vital Records can be obtained from a County Recorder’s office or the Iowa Department of Public Health. Vital Records are accepted in Cedar County between the hours of 8:00 A.M. and 3:30 P.M.

Statewide record searches are available from the Iowa Department of Public Health.

County Recorders file and maintain births and deaths that have occurred in that county and file and maintain marriages of the licenses that were applied for in that county. The fee at the county level is $20.00 for each certified copy. Entitlement has to be proven before a certified copy can be issued.

Use the chart below to determine whether to apply at the county or state level for a certified copy.

Record Location
Vital Records: 1880 – 1920 Cedar County Recorder’s Office
Vital Records: 1921 – 1941 Iowa Department of Public Health
Vital Records: 1942 – present Cedar County Recorder’s Office
Single-parent births before July 1, 1995 Iowa Department of Public Health
Single-parent births after July 1, 1995 Cedar County Recorder’s Office
Legal name changes Iowa Department of Public Health
Adoptions Iowa Department of Public Health

Forms needed:

Application for a Search for an Iowa Vital Record

(This form may be used for both state and county requests) you may click here to go to for more information.

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Iowa Vital Records

Address of
Recorder's office:
Cedar County Courthouse
400 Cedar Street Suite 202
Tipton, IA 52772

Hours Office is open:
8:00 A.M. - 4:00 P.M.

Phone Number:
(563) 886-2230

FAX Number:
(563) 886-2120

Office holder name:
Melissa Helmold

Employees in
Recorder's Office:

Jodi Galloway, Deputy

Jody Lovell, Clerk

Recorder's Forms:
Downloadable forms
used in the Recorder's office

Recorder's Links:
Iowa Land Records

Other Related Links:
Iowa DNR

Iowa Secretary of State
U.S. Passport Agency

State of Iowa Government

Iowa Legislature
General Assembly

Iowa Department of
Public Health

Genealogy Websites
Iowa GenWeb

Roots Web

US GenWeb

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