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Birth Records

Learn how to request and receive a birth record.


Certified copies are available for $15.00 to persons of entitlement. Must pay with cash or check, we can only accept credit/debit cards when in person.

Non-certified copies of birth records are available, for a fee of $1.00. Must pay with cash or check, we can only accept credit/debit cards when in person.

Available Records

Iowa birth records from 1985 to the current date are available in ALL counties in Iowa regardless of the county the event occurred. 

Birth events that took place in Worth County between 1880 to 1984 are available at the Worth County Recorder’s Office. (There are some instances where the record may not be available at the county level.)

Worth County has limited birth records between 1921 and 1941. We can work with the State of Iowa Department of Health and Human Services if needed to obtain these records.

Worth County does NOT have access to single-parent birth records prior to July 1995, nor do we have access to adoption birth records. The State of Iowa Department of Health and Human Services, State Vital Records Office is able to assist you with obtaining these records.

Vital Records Availability


You will need a valid photo ID or driver's license, be at least 18 years old and have entitlement.

Ways to Apply

  • Apply in person. Make sure to bring your valid ID or driver’s license and a check or money order (payable to Worth County Recorder) or credit/debit card for payment.
  • Applying by mail. If applying by mail, you must fill out the application with your signature notarized, and we need a copy of your valid ID or driver's license and a check or money order (payable to the Worth County Recorder).
  • If you would like Worth County to process your request, please mail your notarized completed application and payment to:

    Worth County Recorder
    1000 Central Avenue
    Northwood, IA 50459
  • Order by phone call State Vital Records-Vital Check at 1-866-809-0290

If you have any questions, please call 641-324-2734.


If you do not have a valid driver's license or ID, please provide alternative identification. View Identity Documents for acceptable forms of alternative IDs.


Direct and Tangible Interest

See below for more information on how to order a record through the State of Iowa Department of Health and Human Services.

Record Request

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