Marriage Records

Certified copies of marriages from 1954 forward are available regardless of county of marriage. Certified copies of marriages from 1953 or before can only be obtained from the county where the marriage occurred or at the state level through the Iowa Department of Public Health. When mailing an application, the applicant must sign in front of a Notary Public, include a $20 payment and a clear photocopy of the applicant's current government-issued photo identification. 

Application for Certified Copy of Marriage Certificate

Marriage License

Requirements

Both parties intending to marry;

  1. Must be 18 years of age or older
  2. Cannot already or still legally be married to someone else or each other
  3. Cannot be closely related by blood or first cousins
  4. Must be legally competent to enter into a civil contract.

Minors

Applicants that are ages 16 and 17 may only marry with special permission from a judge and should request a "Consent to Marriage of a Minor" form when applying for their marriage license. At least one parent or guardian must sign the consent form. 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.

How to Apply for a Marriage License

The couple intending to marry and one witness (someone that’s acquainted with the couple and is 18 or older) must come into the office and fill out the application. The applicants and witness must have a photo I.D. The fee is $35.00

Application for Marriage License

Officiant Pamphlet

Frequently Asked Questions about Vital Records