Cerro Gordo County Iowa
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Cerro Gordo County
Vital Records Information

  • Cerro Gordo County Court House     ON LINE
         220 North Washington Avenue  
         Mason City, IA 50401-3254
         (641) 421-3056      FAX: (641) 421-3138
         Hours 8:00 AM to 4:30 PM
        Cerro Gordo County Recorder
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    ABOUT VITAL RECORDS

    Prior to 1880 it was not mandatory that vital records of Births or Deaths be recorded. When the public was asked to report these happenings, after 1880, not everyone complied.   Therefore, records that you are searching between 1880-1921 are not always complete, and the event you are searching for, may not have been documented.  The earlier the year, the less chance that event was recorded.

    There are no Birth or Death Records before 1880 in Cerro Gordo Co.  Mandatory registration was enacted by the Iowa Legislature in 1921.

    VITAL RECORDS

    In Iowa, official registration of births, deaths, and marriages began July 1, 1880. All original records that have been registered are on file with the Iowa Dept. of Public Health, Bureau of Vital Records. Statewide record searches are available from the state registrar. Local registrars are located in the County Recorder's offices and maintain records of birth and death that occurred in that county. Marriage records are maintained in the county from which the license to marry was obtained. However, county registrars do not have code authority to have on record: single-parent births prior to July 1, 1995; adoptions; any record ordered sealed by court of law; or any births, deaths or marriages that occurred between the years 1921 to 1941. These records may be obtained at:

    Iowa Dept. of Public Health, Bureau of Vital Records
    Lucas State Office Bldg.
    1st Floor, 321 E. 12th Street
    Des Moines, IA 50319-0075
    Ph: (515) 281-4944.

    Vital records maintained at the state level are closed to inspection and are not open to public review. To secure a copy of a record from the state, applicants must have direct and tangible entitlement. In other words, they must be the registrant, (person named on the record) or have a lineal relationship to the registrant, such as a legal parent, grandparent, spouse, brother, sister, child, legal guardian, or legal representative. Requests for a state record may be in writing or by telephone if using a credit card. The Iowa Dept. of Public Health is located:
    Lucas State Office Building
    Vital Records, First Floor
    Des Moines, IA 50319-0075.

    The State of Iowa Department of Public Health, Vital Records, may be reached at: 515-281-4944.

    To secure a certified copy of a county record, applicants must have the same direct and tangible entitlement as for a state record. All requests, or applications, for each certificate must be in writing and include the purpose for the certificate.

    Certified copies are available for a fee of $15.00 each and can be acquired in person or through the mail. Uncertified copies are available at $5.00 each and must be requested in person, not through the mail. No information will be given over the telephone.

    BIRTH RECORDS

    Certified copies of birth records are available at the County Recorder/Registrar in the county of birth for the years 1880 through 1920 and 1942 to current. The records of births occurring between the years 1921 through 1941 are available at the Iowa Dept. of Public Health, Vital Records only. Single parent births that occurred prior to July 1, 1995 are only available at the Iowa Dept. of Public Health, Vital Records.  All applications for certified copies of vital records must be in writing and completely identify the record, as well as satisfactorily establish entitlement to the record being requested. Entitled applicants are: registrant, (person named on record), or person having a lineal relationship to the registrant, such as a legal parent, grandparent, spouse, brother, sister, child, legal guardian, or legal representative. Application for a certified copy requires a fee of $15.00 for the record search and includes one certified copy. Fees are payable by check, money order or cash. Make checks payable to: Cerro Gordo County Recorder.

    DEATH RECORDS

    Certified copies of death records are available at the County Recorder/Registrar in the county where the death occurred for the years 1880 through current with the exceptions of 1903-1909 and 1921-1941 which are available at the Iowa Dept. of Public Health, Vital Records.  All applications for certified copies of vital records must be in writing and completely identify the record, as well as satisfactorily establish entitlement to the record being requested. Entitled applicants are: any person having a lineal relationship to the registrant, such as a legal parent, grandparent, spouse, brother, sister, child, legal guardian, or legal representative. Application for a certified copy requires a fee of $15.00 for the record search and includes one certified copy. Fees are payable by check, money order or cash. Make checks payable to: Cerro Gordo County Recorder.

    MARRIAGE RECORDS

    Certified copies of marriage records when the original marriage was applied for in Cerro Gordo County are available at the Cerro Gordo County Recorder/Registrar. The records of marriages occurring between the years 1921 through 1941 are available at the Iowa Dept. of Public Health, Vital Records only. All applications for certified copies of vital records must be in writing and completely identify the record, as well as satisfactorily establish entitlement to the record being requested. Entitled applicants are: registrant, (person named on record), or person having a lineal relationship to the registrant, such as a legal parent, grandparent, spouse, brother, sister, child, legal guardian, or legal representative. Application for a certified copy requires a fee of $15.00 for the record search and includes one certified copy. Fees are payable by check, money order or cash. Make checks payable to: Cerro Gordo County Recorder.

    Compiled by Sally Youngquist; Updated April of 2015 by Sharon R. Becker

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