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:
7105 NW 70th Ave
Johnston, IA 50131
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
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.