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Departments | Recorder

  • Cerro Gordo County Courthouse
  • 220 North Washington Avenue
  • Mason City, IA 50401
  • Phone:(641)421-3056
  • Fax:(641)421-3154
  • Colleen Pearce, Recorder


The Office of the County Recorder was created by the First Legislative Assembly of the Territory of Iowa in 1839. Your County Recorder continues to maintain official records of documents affecting real estate.


Iowa's County Recorders are proud of their tradition and looking forward to the future.

ReminderYour Snowmobile/ATV/ORV/ORM Registrations & User Permits ARE DUE this year and will expire December 31, 2014

Responsibilities of the Cerro Gordo County Recorder:

Land and Records Management

Vital Records

(Available from County or State Offices)


NOTICE: Effective January 1, 2014 all certified copies of Iowa Vital Records for births, deaths and marriages will increase to $20.00 for each certified copy requested.



Boat Registration Reminder/ Hunting and Fishing Licenses



Other Responsibilities

  • Collect real estate transfer tax on conveyances of property. Click here to use our Iowa Real Estate Transfer Tax Calculator.
  • Perform federal and state tax lien searches and research of current records for the public
  • Collect and report auditor's fee on transfer of property
  • Certify recorder's records
  • Make records available for genealogy research
  • File detailed reports monthly and annually to county and state agencies