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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 "Polk County Recorder".
Do you have a question? Contact us at 515-286-3161 or use send us an email.
- The Recorder's Office does not have Divorce Records. They are handled by the Clerk of Court. 515-286-3772
- All signatures must be notarized. If the request is by mail, the applicant must sign in front of a Notary Public and include a clear photocopy of the applicant's current government-issued photo identification. Click here for Identity Documents needed for Notarization.
- How to request a certified record online: You can place an order on line at http://www.vitalchek.com. Your identity will be authenticated, the credit card screened and the fee will be $13.00 in addition to the $15.00 fee for the certified copy charged by the department. It may take 7-21 business days to process your request. (This service is not affiliated with Polk County)