Download Application for Certified Copy of an Iowa Vital Record - Birth, Death, Marriage

Birth, Death, & Marriage

For events that occurred in Webster County:

          Birth Records:  1876 - 1920, July 1st, 1941 - present

          Death Records:  1880 - 1918, July 1st, 1941 - present

          Marriage Records:  1877 - present

For events that occurred in another Iowa county:

          Birth Records:  1990 - present

          Death Records:  1954 - present

          Marriage Records:  1954 - present

All applications for certified copies of vital record events must be in writing and completely identify the record, as well as satisfactorily establish entitlement to the record being requested.  Entitled persons include the person named on the record or that person's spouse, children, legal parents, grandparents, grandchildren, siblings, or legal representative or guardian.  A current government issued photo ID including the signature must be provided.

Application for a certified copy requires a fee of $20.00 for the record search and includes one certified copy.  Each additional copy of the same record is also $20.00.  Fees are payable by cash, money order or certified cashiers check - no personal checks.  Money orders and certified cashier's checks must be made payable to "Webster County Recorder".  You may pay with a credit/debit card (VISA or Mastercard) if you physically come into the office.  There is an additional processing fee to use a credit/debit card.  If applying through the mail you must include a copy of your current government issued photo ID, and the application must be notarized - signed in front of a Notary Public.

For additional information, please contact the Webster County Recorder's Office at 515-576-2401.

For information regarding records not available in the Webster County Recorder's Office, including records between 1920 and 1941, contact the Iowa Department of Public Health, Bureau of Vital Statistics at 515-281-4944.

Genealogy Resources
Webster County Genealogical Society
424 Central Avenue
Room 134
Fort Dodge, IA  50501
phone:  515-302-9854 

Iowa Genealogical Society
628 E Grand Ave
Des Moines, IA  50309
phone:  515-276-0287

State Historical Society of Iowa

Marriage Applications and LicensesMarriage license applications may be completed in person and require an uninterested third party as a witness - witnesses must be 18 years of age or older. There is a three business day waiting period from the time the application is completed to the time the license is valid (Holidays not included). Marriage application fee is $35.00. All three parties need to present a current government issued photo I.D.

The application form for a marriage license in Iowa, including detailed instructions for completing the application, may be viewed and/or downloaded by clicking these links: Download Marriage License Application and Instructions

Important Information About Iowa Marriage Records
What Officiants Need to Know to Solemize a Marriage Ceremony - Click here for brochure.