Application process: Iowa

Identification process in Iowa

The Health Department of Iowa requires applicants, once they have completed the application form, to prove their identity by including a photocopy of their ID and notarizing the “application form”.This process is very common and used by many states. Please refer to our Notarized Process Page to know more about this process. We have analyzed and processed this document to be a part of your application packet. You will simply need to bring your ID to a public notary in order to have this document created.

Acceptable document of identification are:

Provide one (1) of the following identification documents:

  • Photo driver's license
  • State Id
  • Us/Foreign Passport

Who may apply for birth or death certificate?

Please see the following list of person authorized to order a vital record:

Birth
  • Person on records
  • Parent
  • Child
  • Sibling
  • Spouse
  • Grand parent
  • Grand child
  • Legal guardian
  • Legal representative
Death
  • Parent
  • Child
  • Sibling
  • Spouse
  • Grand parent
  • Grand child
  • Legal guardian
  • Legal representative

Please note: If you can provide documentation of legal interest, or if you are holding a Power of Attorney from the person on record, you are eligible to request the vital record for that person.

How Long Will Birth Certificate Delivery Take?

It will take about 4 to 6 business weeks to get your birth certificate.The state needs ample time to process the number of inquiries they receive. Delays may vary depending on the volume being processed.

How Long Will Death Certificate Delivery Take?

It will take about 4 to 6 business weeks to get your birth certificate.The state needs ample time to process the number of inquiries they receive. Delays may vary depending on the volume being processed.

How Can I Pay For My Birth Certificate Application?

The State of Iowa accepts the following payment:

Please address this payment to: Iowa Department of Public Health

Iowa State Fee: $9

This fee will change if you order more than one copy or request rush processing.

Exception and Date Limit?

If you were born before 1880 you will need to contact the Archive department in order to access to your original records.