Polk County Recorder

Military Records

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The Recorder's Office has on permanent record, military discharges that have been presented for recording by the veterans, themselves. There is no charge to record, or obtain a certified copy of a military record.

Military Records are now closed pursuant to the Code of Iowa 331.608(6). Consequently, in order to obtain records, veterans and next-of-kin (next-of-kin are the unremarried widow or widower, son or daughter, father or mother, brother or sister of the deceased veteran) will need to provide one or more of the following:

  • photo ID
  • birth certificate
  • marriage certificate
  • authorized waiver

To obtain a copy you can stop in our office or mail in a Military Record Application

If you have any questions or would like to see if we have a copy of your records in our office, call 515-286-3175.

Having trouble locating your record?

Iowa Veterans may check with the County Recorder in the county of their residence at the time of their discharge to see if they possibly recorded their discharge in that county.

2 other options for finding your records:

Camp Dodge
7105 NW 70th Ave
Johnston, IA 50131
(515) 252-4698

For all Military records not recorded in Polk County, you may request a copy by using the form provided below, and mailing to:

National Personnel Records Center
(Military Personnel Records)
9700 Page Ave.
St. Louis, MO 63132-5100
(314) 801-0800

Request for Military Records not in Polk County

Military Tax Exemption Information is available in the Polk County Assessor's Office. For more information click here.

Contact Us

Polk County Administration Building
111 Court Avenue Ste 250
Des Moines, IA 50309-2251
Phone: 515-286-3160
Fax: 515-323-5393
Email: info@polkrecorder.com