How to Obtain Divorce Certificates in Iowa?
Sometimes in life, we need copies of important documents such as a divorce decree. If you were divorced in Iowa, it is quite easy to obtain a copy of your divorce certificate if you follow the process below.
In Iowa, divorce records are public records, and anyone can access them or obtain copies of any divorce. However, you can only obtain an official certified copy if you are one of the parties named in the divorce record.
The Iowa Department of Public Health vital statistics office handles all birth, death, marriage and divorce records going back to 1880. They offer a variety of ways to obtain the information through visiting the office in person, mail, phone or online. If you want to do your search online, you can go the county clerk’s office website and do a public search and then order yours online. You can search for the correct office here.
You can obtain a physical copy of the divorce certificate by vision the Public Health Office in Des Moines. This office is open every weekday. You will need to bring with you the following information:
- Full names (including maiden names) of both parties.
- The date of the divorce.
- County and courthouse where the divorce was granted.
- Your name, address, and phone number.
- $15 fee payable by check or money order.
- A legible copy of your valid photo ID.
The fee for a copy of your divorce certificate is $15, and this fee is non-refundable. You can pay by check or money order; cash is not accepted.
If you choose to, you can also use a website service like VitalChek to search and obtain a copy of your divorce certificate online. They offer expedited service and make it easy to find, locate and then order a copy.
Another option is to contact your original divorce lawyer to get a copy. They may have a copy of files as lawyers are required by law to keep copies for a specific number of years.