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Frequently Asked Questions about the Registrar
How do I get a copy of a mortgage?
Can you do a mortgage search?
Can you read the legal description to me?
Where and how can I get a copy of a birth certificate?
Where and how can I get a copy of a death certificate?
Where and how can I get a copy of a marriage license?
What do I have to do to get married? Do I have to have a blood test?
Are divorce records kept in the Recorderís Office?
Where do I get a passport?
What are the dates for boat, snowmobile and ATV registrations? Do I need a current registration and or title to transfer?
If Iím 65 do I need a habitat stamp for fishing and hunting?
Where do I apply for homestead/military tax credit?
Where do I find Articles of Incorporation for businesses?

How do I get a copy of a mortgage?
If you provide the name of the mortgagor, date of mortgage, and legal description we can look up the mortgage for you. The information can be faxed to you for a nominal fee. Your bill will be the cover page of your fax.

Can you do a mortgage search?
We will not certify searches. Our records are open for public inspection.

You can come into our office and use terminals provided for public use. We will be glad to show you how to use our system.

Can you read the legal description to me?
Yes, but it is very time consuming. We prefer to fax the information for a nominal fee. Your bill will be the cover page of your fax.

Where and how can I get a copy of a birth certificate?
If you were born in Chickasaw County, you can obtain a certified copy of your birth certificate from the Recorderís Office at the courthouse. If you were born in another county in Iowa, you will have to go through the county where you were born or contact the State Vital Records Office in Des Moines, Iowa

The Recorderís Office does not keep records of births between the years of 1921 thru 1941, single parent births prior to July 1, 1995 or birth records of adopted children. For these records, contact the State Vital Records Office in Des Moines, Iowa.

To obtain a birth certificate. See: Requesting a Certified Copy of an Iowa Birth, Death, or Marriage Certificate

Where and how can I get a copy of a death certificate?
Only the death records of persons who died in Chickasaw County or resided in Chickasaw County and died in Iowa, are available from the Chickasaw County Recorderís Office.

The Recorderís Office does not keep records of deaths between the years of 1921 thru 1941. For these records, contact the State Vital Records Office in Des Moines, Iowa.

To obtain a death certificate. See: Requesting a Certified Copy of an Iowa Birth, Death, or Marriage Certificate

Where and how can I get a copy of a marriage license?
If you applied for a marriage license in Chickasaw County, you can obtain a copy from the Chickasaw County Recorderís Office even if you were married in another county in Iowa.

To obtain a marriage certificate. See: Requesting a Certified Copy of an Iowa Birth, Death, or Marriage Certificate

What do I have to do to get married? Do I have to have a blood test?
A marriage license is required in the State of Iowa. To apply, the parties to be married and a witness must each be at least 18 years of age and show a photo identification (e.g., a driverís license). You may also pick up an application from the Recorderís Office and fill it out, having the parties to be married and their witness sign in front of a notary.

A certified copy of the marriage certificate will be mailed to the parties after the couple is married and the Recorderís Office receives the certificate from the officiant.

No, a blood test is not required.

Are divorce records kept in the Recorderís Office?
No, those records are at the Clerk of the District Courtís Office. They may be contacted at 641-394-2106.

If I was born in another county or state can I get my birth certificate in Chickasaw County?
No, if you were born in another county in Iowa, you must apply at the Recorderís Office in that county or contact the Iowa Department of Public Health in Des Moines, Iowa at 866-809-0290 or by mail.

If you were born in another state, you must contact the state of birth to obtain your birth record. We have a listing of contact information for other states.

Where do I get a passport?
The Auditorís Office is a processing agent for Passport Services. The Recorder's Office does take passport photos for $10.00 per person.

What are the dates for boat, snowmobile and ATV registrations? Do I need a current registration and or title to transfer?
Boat registrations are due every three years and can be renewed from January 1st thru April 30th. There is a $5.00 penalty after April 30th.

Snowmobiles and ATV registrations are due every year and can be renewed from September 1st thru December 31st. There is a $5.00 penalty after December 31st . Registrations are due by December 31st every year.

You need a signed registration (if available), bill of sale, and title, if applicable, for proper transfer.

When can new hunting and fishing licenses be purchased and what are the prices?
New hunting and fishing licenses are available on December 15th for the following calendar year. Current licenses are valid until January 10th.

Prices of the various game licenses are available on the Department of Natural Resources website at:
www.state.ia.us/dnr

If Iím 65 do I need a habitat stamp for hunting?
You do not need a habitat stamp if you are at least 65 years of age.

Where do I apply for homestead/military tax credit?
Chickasaw County Assessorís Office, Courthouse, 2nd floor, 641-394-2813.

Where do I find Articles of Incorporation for businesses?
You would find these at the Secretary of Stateís Office. You may do an online inquiry at:
www.sos.state.ia.us
 
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