THE COURTHOUSE IS OPEN TO THE PUBLIC BY APPOINTMENT ONLY. PLEASE CONTACT EACH OFFICE TO MAKE AN APPOINTMENT.

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RECORDER

Recorder:  Lexa S. SpeidelLEXA PASSPORT PHOTO

         Deputy/Passport Agent: Marla Sutton

         Clerk/Vital Records Specialist: Katelyn Welper  

Office hours: Monday-Friday  8:00 am - 4:30 pm

Passport office hours:

        Wed & Fri    8:15am-12:00  1:00pm - 4:15pm   

PLEASE CALL FOR AN APPOINTMENT                     

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EFFECTIVE JUNE 15TH, 2020 WE WILL BE OPEN BY APPOINTMENT ONLY.  DURING THIS PHASED REOPENING-SEE GUIDELINES BELOW:

*OUTSIDE ENTRANCE DOOR TO REMAIN LOCKED AND OPENED TO VISITORS BY APPT ONLY

*VISITORS WILL BE SUBJECT TO A HEALTH SCREENING AND TEMP CHECK BY STAFF

*VISITORS WILL BE SUBJECT TO SECURITY SCREENING- BAGS, PURSES, PHONES AND ANY OTHER ITEMS NOT NEEDED TO CONDUCT BUSINESS SHOULD BE LEFT IN A LOCKED VEHICLE

*VISITORS ARE REQUIRED TO BRING AND WEAR THEIR OWN MASK UPON ENTRY.  THE COUNTY WILL HAVE A MASK AVAILABLE AT THE ENTRANCES FOR THOSE VISITORS THAT NEED ONE.  ANY VISITOR REFUSING TO WEAR A MASK WILL BE DENIED ENTRY

*VISITORS WILL BE ESCORTED TO AND FROM THE ENTRANCE BY EMPLOYEES

WE STILL HAVE DROP BOXES OUTSIDE OF THE WEST DOOR BETWEEN NORMAL BUSINESS HOURS AND MAIL SERVICES AVAILABLE 

PLEASE GIVE US A CALL IF YOU NEED ASSISTANCE IN GETTING YOUR NECESSARY PAPERWORK DONE @ 319-472-3309 OR EMAIL US by clicking on our name at top of this page.

WE WILL BE LIMITING THE NUMBER OF PEOPLE SO PLEASE CALL AHEAD TO SCHEDULE YOUR TIME.  AT THIS TIME THERE WILL NOT BE ANY GENEALOGY SEARCHES.  IF YOU NEED US TO LOOK UP A RECORD PLEASE SEND US AN EMAIL.

THANKS FOR YOUR PATIENCE

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The following Holidays are observed and our office is closed:

     - New Year's Day                                - Labor Day

     - President's Day                                - Veteran's Day

     - Memorial Day                                   - Thanksgiving & Day After

     - Independence Day                           - Christmas Eve @ noon & Christmas Day

Holidays falling on Saturday will be observed on Friday and holidays falling on Sunday will be observed on Monday.

  

History

The office of the County Recorder was established in 1839 to maintain official records of documents affecting title to real estate in order to preserve property rights and protect innocent third parties in real estate transactions.  Although this basic duty remains relatively unchanged, many additional functions have been added to the office. The office of the Recorder is an elected position with a term of four 

Duties

The County Recorder is required to follow the Code of Iowa when recording documents.  We work with the Iowa Department of Revenue collecting Iowa Real Estate Transfer Tax and Sales/Use Tax;  the Iowa Department of Public Health collecting fees, processing marriage applications, and issuing certified copies for birth, death & marriage records; the Iowa Department of Natural Resources collecting fees and issuing hunting & fishing licenses; boat, snowmobile and ATV/ORV registrations and titles and the US Department of State processing and collecting fees for passport applications. January, 2007 the Iowa County Recorders/Registrars Association launched the Iowa Land Records website and began filing documents electronically.

Items used in Recording of Documents

   Figuring real estate transfer tax 
   Download Declaration of Value
   Download Groundwater Hazard

Standard Recording Fees

   Download Fee Schedule              **********WE ACCEPT MASTERCARD & VISA, DISCOVER, & AMERICAN EXPRESS***********

Real Estate Record Searches

   Searches can be done using the Iowa Land Records Website.  Complete searches are done by coming into the Benton Co. Recorder's Office.

    Iowa Land Records - from 2001 to present

IOWA COUNTY RECORDERS ARE PROUD OF THEIR TRADITION AND LOOKING FORWARD TO THE FUTURE.