The Office of the Iowa
County Recorder was created by the First Legislative Assembly of the Territory
of Iowa in 1839. Since the creation of the County Recorder's office, numerous
additional responsibilities have been added over the years.
County Recorder is responsible for land and records management, maintaining and
recording a wide variety of official documents affecting real estate and
numerous other valuable miscellaneous documents. The office collects real estate
transfer tax for the Iowa Department of Revenue and collects and reports the
County Auditor's fee on transfer of property.
office serves as a licensing agent for the Iowa Department of Natural Resources
by issuing fishing and hunting licenses, and registering and titling boats,
snowmobiles, ATV's and ORV's.
As of July, 1997 the Recorder's office is
the County Registrar of Vital Records and has the responsibility of issuing
Marriage Licenses, registering Birth, Death and Marriage Certificates and
issuing certified copies of Vital Records.
The Howard County
Recorder's office we do take passport photos. The Auditor's Office is now the
acceptance agent for passports.
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The Recorder's duties are defined by
state statutes and established by state agencies through administrative actions.
The County Recorder works with the Iowa Department of Natural Resources, Iowa
Department of Revenue, Iowa Department of Public Health and the U.S. Department
of State Federal Passport Agency. Detailed reports are filed monthly and
annually to the county and to the state agencies.
County Recorder’s Office DOES NOT:
Click on the links below for more specific information about the
Recorders Home Page
Iowa Document Recording Fees 2012
Military Service Records Information
Real Estate Information
»Land Records and Iowa Land Record Website
»Recording Information and Fees
»Document Formatting Standards
»Iowa Real Estate Transfer Tax Calculator
License Registration Information
»Fishing and Hunting
»ATV, ORV and Snowmobiles
Vital Records Information
»Birth, Death and Marriage