NOTICE: Boat registrations are due for renewal prior to expiration date April 30, 2016.

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.

The responsibilities of the Cerro Gordo County Recorder include (but not limited to):

Land and Records Management

  • Document Formatting Standards
  • Recording Fees
  • Deeds
  • Contracts
  • Mortgages
  • Assignments, Releases
  • Federal and State Tax Liens
  • Affidavits
  • Plats & Surveys
  • Section Corner Certificates
  • Military Service Records (Application for Copy of Military Record)
  • Easements
  • Condemnations
  • Trade Names
  • Leases
  • 28E & Drainage Agreements
  • Bills of Sale
  • Articles of Incorporation
  • Financing Statements
  • Powers of Attorney
  • Many Other Miscellaneous Documents

Vital Records (Available from County or State Offices)


(Boat Registration Reminders / Hunting and Fishing Licenses, etc)

  • Boat Registrations
  • Snowmobile Registrations
  • ATV Registrations
  • Hunting Fishing Licensing
  • Fur Harvester Licenses
  • Habitat, Duck and Trout Fees
  • Deer and Wild Turkey Licenses and Tags
  • Landowner/Tenant Gun, Archery Licenses and Tags
  • Federal Waterfowl Stamps

Other Responsibilities

  • Collect real estate transfer tax on conveyances of property.
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  • 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

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