Certified copies are available for $15.00 to persons of entitlement. Must pay with cash/check only.
Non-certified copies of birth records are available, for a fee of $5.00. Must pay with cash/check only.
Iowa birth records from 1987 to the current date are available in all counties in Iowa regardless of the county the event occurred.
Birth events that took place in Marion County between 1880 to 1987 are available at the Marion County Recorder’s office. (There are some instances where the record may not be available at the county level.)
Marion County has limited birth records between 1921 and 1941. We can work with the Iowa Department of Public Health if needed to obtain these records.
Marion County does NOT have access to single-parent birth records prior to July 1995, nor do we have access to adoption birth records. The Iowa Department of Public Health, State Vital Records is able to assist you with obtaining these records.
You will need a valid photo ID or driver's license, be at least 18 years old and have entitlement.
Ways to Apply:
- Apply in person, make your appointment here.
- Applying by mail. If applying by mail, you must fill out the application with your signature notarized, and we need a copy of your valid ID or driver's license and a check or money order (payable to the Marion County Recorder).
- If you would like Marion County to process your request, please mail your notarized completed application and payment to the:
Marion County Recorder
214 E. Main St.
Knoxville, IA 50138.
- Order by phone call State Vital Records-Vital Check at 1-866-809-0290
If you have any questions, please call (641) 828-2211.
If you do not have a valid driver's license or ID, please provide alternative identification. View Identity Documents for acceptable forms of alternative IDs.
See below for more information on how to order a record through the Iowa Department of Public Health