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Requesting a certified copy of an Iowa death certificate

Certified copies of death certificates can be obtained from this office if the event occurred in the county and once entitlement has been proven. Certified copies are $15.00 each.

Vital records are available at the Recorder/Registrar’s office for the years 1880 – 1920 and 1942- current. We do have some records starting in 1854. The State Health Department has the records for 1921-1941. We are able to issue statewide death certificates from 1954 to the present.

Application For A Search For An Iowa Vital Record

Please call 641-394-2336 or email recorders@chickasawcounty.iowa.gov to have an application sent to you, or fill out the application linked below. 

Vital Record Application

Please enclose a self-addressed stamped envelope and a photocopy of your photo identification. All applications received by mail must be notarized.

For county-certified certificates from Chickasaw County, please send to:

Chickasaw County Recorder
P.O. Box 14
New Hampton, IA 50659

Application for a certified copy requires a fee of $15 for the record search and includes one certified copy. Each additional copy of the same record is also $15.

Fees are payable by:

  • cash
  • credit card
  • check
  • money order

Checks and money orders should be made out to the issuing registrar’s office (i.e., Iowa Department of Public Health for state-certified, county recorder’s office for county-certified).

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 Department of Public Health, Bureau of Vital Records. Statewide record searches are available from the state registrar. Local registrars are located in county recorders' offices and maintain records of birth, death and marriages that have occurred in that county. County registrars, however, do not have code authority to have on record: single-parent births prior to July 1, 1995; adoptions; any record ordered seal by a court of law; or birth, death, and marriages between the years 1921 to 1941.

All applications for certified copies of vital record events must be in writing and completely identify the record, as well as satisfactorily establish entitlement to the record being requested. Entitled persons include the person named on the record or that person’s spouse, children, legal parents, grandparents, grandchildren, siblings, or legal representative or guardian. Legal guardians and representatives must also provide additional proof of guardianship or representation.

Genealogy Research

Genealogy research is not performed by the Chickasaw County Recorders office.

We have a large collection of documents available for genealogy research during regular business hours. We do not take telephone requests.

State Certified Copies

Certified copies of death certificates may be obtained from the state office of vital records by telephone, in-person, or through a postal service. Fees are payable by check or money order made out to the Iowa Department of Public Health. In-person requests may also be paid in cash. Requests for the purpose of family history take at least 60 days, regardless of the method of request.

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