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How to Order Birth Certificates in Iowa

Birth certificates for the state of Iowa are handled by the Bureau of Health Statistics.  Their records begin July 1, 1880.  Iowa birth record search tool

Please note that you are only able to order birth certificates for yourself, your spouse, or a child for whom you are the parent, guardian or legal representative.  You must be at least 18 yeas of age and provide proof of your identity in the form of a copy of a valid government-issued photo ID, such as your driver’s license, state-issued identification card, government issued employment identification, or passport. 

Enlarge the copy of your ID and lighten it if needed to ensure it is clear and readable.  Sign underneath it to verify that you are the requestor.  If you are not ordering your own birth certificate, please make a notation on the copy of your ID of y our relationship to the person whose birth certificate you are requesting.  Enclose a copy of any legal or supporting documentation such as guardianship papers or marriage license or certificate.

Iowa birth certificatesPlease download the Iowa birth certificate application and fill it out and mail with payment and a copy of your photo identification to:

Iowa Department of Public Health
Bureau of Vital Records
Lucas Office Building
321 East 12th Street
Des Moines, IA 50319-0075

Each certificate is $15.

Please do not send cash.  Personal check or certified funds only.

Please call (515) 281-4944 prior to mailing to ensure that the fees have not changed since the publication of this document.

You may also present the form, payment, and ID in person to:

Iowa Department of Public Health
Bureau of Health Statistics
Lucas State Office Building, 1st Floor
Des Moines, Iowa 50319-0075

The hours of operation are 7:00 a.m. and 4:45 p.m., Monday through Friday, except for state-observed holidays.

If you have any questions, please call (515) 281-4944.