Certified copies of birth records are available at the County Recorder/Registrar in the county of birth for the years 1880 through 1920 and 1942 to current. The records of births occurring between the years 1921 through 1941 are available at the Iowa Dept. of Public Health, Vital Records only. Single parent births that occurred prior to July 1, 1995 are only available at the Iowa Dept. of Public Health, Bureau of Vital Records.

All applications for certified copies of vital records must be in writing and completely identify the record, as well as satisfactorily establish entitlement to the record being requested. Entitled applicants are: registrant, (person named on record), or person having a lineal relationship to the registrant, such as a legal parent, grandparent, spouse, brother, sister, child, legal guardian, or legal representative. Application for a certified copy requires a fee of $20.00 for the record search and includes one certified copy. Fees are payable by check, money order or cash. Make checks payable to: Cerro Gordo County Recorder.

Application For Certified Copy Of an Iowa Vital Record (at County Level)

Note: The above application form can be used at Office of County Recorder/Registrar or Iowa Dept. of Public Health Office.