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Birth Records

Birth records are maintained in the Recorder's Office, issuing certified copies of these records.

Beginning July 1, 1997, certified copies of birth certificates became available through the Recorder's Office. Each certified copy is $15.00. Those requesting certified copies must prove entitlement (immediate family) before acquiring a copy.

Births from 1987 to the current date are available electronically in all counties in Iowa, regardless of where the event occurred. 

When requesting a certified birth record by mail, all completed applications must be notarized and a photocopy of the applicant's valid driver's license or other government-issued picture ID is required. We also request a postal money order (or bank certified check) made payable to the Jones County Recorder and a self-addressed, stamped business-size envelope. All certified copies are $15 each.

Vital Record Application

If the event occurred in Jones County, and you would like us to process it, please mail your completed application to:

Jones County Recorder
500 W. Main St., Room 116
Anamosa, IA 52205

Uncertified copies of birth records are available in the office only, for a fee of $1.00 per record. Those out-of-county or out-of-state persons wishing to secure genealogical information will be referred to the local genealogical association. Office hours for Genealogical research are 8:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Records from 1921 to 1941, single-parent births prior to 1995, and adoption records are kept on the state level. The application may be brought in to the Jones County Recorder's office for ordering or mailed to the Iowa Department of Public Health (IDPH) address in Des Moines, Iowa:

Iowa Department of Public Health
Bureau of Health Statistics
Lucas State Office Building, 1st Floor
321 E. 12th Street
Des Moines, Iowa 50319-0075

To order a birth record via phone through the IDPH, please follow the instructions on the back of the Vital Record Application or on their website with the link below.

Request a Record - IDPH

Map · Jones County Recorder

500 W. Main St. · Anamosa, IA 52205