Vital records include birth certificate, death certificate, and marriage license records. In order to request a vital record by mail, the applicant must follow these steps:
Hardin County Recorder
Attn: Vital Records
1215 Edington Avenue, Suite 4
Eldora, IA 50627
Please Note: BE AWARE of third-party vendors that issue Vital Birth, Death and Marriage Certificates. We have had numerous individuals apply for vital records who have previously went through a third-party vendor and were charged an outrageous amount and never received their record. Perhaps the best practice is to inquire at the county and state where the event took place.
How to Request a Certified Record
Birth records begin at the year 1880. Certified copies are $20 and only available to entitled parties:
Individuals requesting a birth record must prove entitlement by showing proper identification.
Per Iowa law, information about a specific record is not available over the telephone or by prepared lists. Iowa law provides for public viewing in the county where the record is maintained, or certified copies issued to entitled persons.
Birth records between the years 1921 – 1941 must be requested through the Iowa Department of Public Health.
Genealogy searches may be done in person during normal business hours. If request is made by mail it may take up to 90 business days for processing, regardless of the method of application, and will be mailed to applicants.
1215 Edgington Avenue, Suite 4Eldora, IA 50627
Monday - Friday
08:00 AM - 04:30 PM