Vital Records

Birth, Death & Marriage

If you are interested in searching for your ancestors we may be able to help. We have the following records:

For events that occurred in Dallas County:

Birth Records: 1880 thru 1920, July 1st, 1941 thru present

Death Records: 1880 thru 1920, July 1st, 1941 thru present

Marriage Records: 1851 thru present

For Events that occurred in another Iowa County:

Birth Records: 1990 thru present

Death Records: 1954 thru present

Marriage Records: 1954 thru present

All applications for certified copies of vital record events must be in writing and completely identify the record, as well as satisfactorily establish entitlement to the record being requested. Entitled persons include the person named on the record or that person's spouse, children, legal parents, grandparents, grandchildren, siblings, or legal representative or guardian. A photo ID including signature must be provided.

Application for a certified copy requires a fee of $15.00 for the record search and includes one certified copy. Each additional copy of the same record is also $15.00. If the record is not located, the applicant receives a notification to that affect. The $15.00 fee is retained for the search. Fees are payable by cash, check or money order made out to "Dallas County Recorder". You may pay with credit/debit card if you physically come into the office. There is additional processing fee to use a credit/debit card. If applying through the mail you must include a copy of your US ID or Driver’s License along with having your signature notarized.

Download a copy of the vital record request

For additional information, please contact the Dallas County Recorder's Office at 515-993-5804.

For information regarding records not available in the Dallas County Recorder's office between 1920 and 1941, contact the Iowa Department of Public Health, Bureau of Vital Statistics at 515-281-4944.

Another source that may help is the Iowa Genealogy Society. Yet another source that may provide assistance in your family research is the State Historical Society of Iowa at

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