Birth, Death, & Marriage

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. Legal guardians, legal representatives, and siblings may be required to provide additional proof of entitlement.

Application for a certified copy requires a fee of $15.00 for the record search and includes one certified copy.  Each additional copy of the same record is also $15.00.  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.

Follow this link to download the Application for Certified Copy of an Iowa Vital Record - 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:  1987 - present

          Death Records:  1954 - present

          Marriage Records:  1954 - present

For information regarding records not available in the Webster County Recorder's Office, including records between 1921 and 1941, contact the Iowa Department of Public Health, Bureau of Vital Statistics at 515-281-4944.

Customers can now use a new VitalChek Will Call Service and pick up their Iowa Vital Record at Iowa Department of Public Health Bureau of Health Statistics in Des Moines on the next business day. For more information:

Health Statistics Request Record Information
VitalChek Will CallGenealogy 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 LicenseIf you want to get married in the State of Iowa, you will need a marriage license.

1.  Marriages in Iowa are between 2 people who are (1) 18 years of age and older; (2) not already or still legally married to someone else or each other; (3) not closely related by blood or first cousins; and (4) legally competent to enter into a civil contract.

2.  Minors:  Persons aged 16 and 17 may only marry with special permission from a judge and should request a "Consent for Minor to Marry" form when making application for their marriage license .  Complete the form and present it to a judge within the same judicial district as the county in which you wish your license issued.  The Clerk of District Court office can provide additional information.  Return the signed form in order to complete the marriage application process.

3.  To apply for a marriage license the couple intending to marry and one witness (someone that is acquainted with the couple and is 18 years of age or older) must come into the office and fill out the application (or complete, have notarized, and mail back to us the completed application with fee - see below).  The applicants and witness must all present a current government issued photo I.D. for notarization.  The fee is $35.00 (Webster County does not accept personal checks for Vital Records).  Once the license has been applied for, there will be a 3 business day wait.  The couple will need to come back in after the 3 day wait to obtain the marriage packet.  To obtain a 3-day waiver, there is an additional fee of $5.00, and it must be signed by a District Judge within the same judicial district as the county in which you wish your license issued.

Marriage license applications may be submitted to our office by mail.  The application must be complete, notarized and include the $35.00 fee by Money Order, Certified Cashier's Check, or cash (No Personal Checks) and made payable to the Webster County Recorder.  Please include an address and phone number along with application and payment.  The marriage packet will be available for pick up 3 business days after being processed by our office.  Packets can be mailed back to the address provided upon by written request.

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.