Recorder & Vital Records


Recorder’s Office reopen by Appointment

We are excited to announce that the Recorder’s Office is reopening to the public.  However, public safety is our utmost concern so on October 5th, we will be open to the public by appointment only.  

All of our services will remain available through phone and email for those of you that do not feel comfortable coming into our office.  If you want to come into our office to complete your transaction in person, you can make an appointment.  Appointments can be scheduled by clicking the button above.

Please note:       

  • Masks are required in the Administration Building
  • No walk-ins will be allowed
  • Story County Recorder’s Office will be following CDC guidelines

We appreciate your patience during this unprecedented time and thank you for your support.


This office serves as a repository for many public records, including land transactions which document title to property. We work with the Iowa Department of Public Health to provide certified copies of births that occurred in Story County, marriage certificates for license applications submitted in Story County, and death certificates from anywhere in Iowa. Working in conjunction with the Iowa Department of Natural Resources, we register and title recreational vehicles such as boats, snowmobiles, ATVs, and ORVs, as well as issuing hunting and fishing licenses. We are also a passport acceptance facility for those wishing to travel outside the United States.

Land Record Searches

Land record searches are available online 24 hours a day, seven days a week, and real estate documents may be recorded electronically through that portal. We are working to convert our historical paper records to electronic records and make them available for internet searching after they have been redacted to remove sensitive personal information.

We will continue to use technology to make the office more accessible to the public.

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