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/Power of Attorney
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, Bldg 3465
Johnston, IA 50131-1824
For all Military records not recorded in Polk County, you may request a copy from the National Personal Records Center by mailing or faxing the Standard Form (SF) 180.
National Personnel Records Center
1 Archives Drive
St. Louis, MO 63138
Military Tax Exemption Information is available in the Polk County Assessor's Office. For more information click here.