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Recorder & Vital Records

Attention:  The Iowa Department of Revenue released the new version of the Declaration of Value (DOV) on April 1, 2016.  The new DOV will be required for all recorded documents on or after July 1, 2016.  This form can be found under the “Forms & Applications” link on this website.  Please note the new DOV is a two-page document and both pages are required.


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.

For the latest news from the Recorder's office, follow us on Twitter @storyiarecorder      

Stacie Herridge

Stacie Herridge

Ph: (515) 382-7230
Fax: (515) 382-7239

900 6th St.
P.O. Box 55
Nevada, Iowa 50201

Hours of Operation
8:00 AM to 5:00 PM

Passport Acceptance
8:00 AM to 4:00 PM

If you plan to apply between 11:30 AM and 1:30 PM, please call first to confirm agent availability.

Document Recording
8:00 AM to 3:30 PM