Iowa Marriage Records Search
Iowa marriage records are not open to the public at the state level and can only be accessed by the registrant, immediate family members, a legal guardian or a legal representative. At the county level, Iowa marriage records are not confidential and accessible by the public.
For marriage records prior to 1880, 1880 to 1920 and 1942 to the present, copies of Iowa marriage certificates are available for purchase directly from the County Recorders’ Office in the county where the marriage occurred. Marriage records since July 1, 1880 to the present are typically available from the State Bureau of Health Statistics.
Certified copies of Iowa marriage records are available by mail order for $20 with a check or money order made payable to the Iowa Department of Public Health, a photocopy of current government issued photo ID along with a completed and notarized application sent to the following address:
Iowa Department of Public Health
Bureau of Health Statistics
Lucas Office Building
321 East 12th Street
Des Moines, IA 50319-0075
Tel: (515) 281-4944
You may also go to the State Bureau of Health Statistics in person to request a certified copy of an Iowa marriage record.
Online ordering and telephone ordering is not available directly from the state as a signature is required.
For information on ordering from a specific Iowa county, please see the links below or try an instant national background check below to search for available marriage records and other public records information.