County Government
County Recorder - Vital Records
 
Dawn T. Goldman
Recorder
Contact   Hours
101 S. Main
Sigourney, Iowa 52591
Phone: 641-622-2540
Fax: 641-622-3789
Monday thru Friday (8:00am - 4:30pm)
The office will be closed on 2016 official holidays.

VITAL RECORDS
County vital records are regulated by the Iowa Department of Public Health by state laws and administrative rules.
     IDPH - Bureau of Vital Records

County vital record information is not available by phone or fax per state regulations.

County vital record information is available by mail only in the form of a certified copy through a completed mailed application, proof of a government issued ID and receipt of payment by individuals entitled to the record.

Marriage Application and Licenses for Keokuk County, Iowa:

If you want to get married in Iowa, you will need to obtain a marriage license.

Marriage Information
Consent for Minor Form
3 Day Waiver Form
Marriage License Application
Performing Marriages in Iowa

Identification:  Government issued photo ID or passport
Witness:  1 person over the age of 18 (with photo ID) who personally knows both parties
Cost:  $35

Check Payable:  Keokuk County Recorder
Application:  Complete in office or download documents from link above (if completed off-site, all 3 parties need to have their signatures notarized by a Notary Public)
Processing Time:  3-day waiting period before license is valid - marriage packet will be available to pick up on or after the valid date.
Valid Date: When the marriage license valid date is computed, the day of application is excluded. Then, 4 days after that, the license is valid (including weekend days. As follows:

Application Received Date License Valid Date
Monday Friday
Tuesday Saturday
Wednesday Sunday
Thursday Monday
Friday Tuesday

The license does not expire unless it is NOT retrieved from the County Registrar within six months from the date of application, the application is then considered null and void.

COMMON ERRORS & MISSING INFORMATION WE FIND:

Last Name Prior to ANY Marriage is not completed (both parties)
Father & Mother's FULL name (be sure to include middle names)
Social Security numbers are missing (bottom back or 2nd page of application)
Witness information is missing (back side or 2nd page of application)

Birth, Death & Marriage Records for Keokuk County, Iowa:

Birth Records
Birth Records are available for years 1880-1920 and 1942 to current for customers applying by mail.   Birth Records from 1921 to 1941 are available only to walk-in customers in the office due to state regulations and are available by mail through the Iowa Department of Public Health.  Births to unwed mothers prior to 7/1/1995 are only available at the Iowa Department of Public Health.   See below for certified copy requirements.*

Death Records
Death Records are available for years 1880-1920 and 1942 to current for customers applying by mail.   Death Records from 1921 to 1941 are available only to walk-in customers in the office due to state regulations and are available by mail through the Iowa Department of Public Health.  See below for certified copy requirements.*

Marriage Records
Marriage Records are available for years 1854 to current.  See below for certified copy requirements.*
 
To receive a certified copy of a Keokuk County Vital Record:

*Certified copies are available to only those with entitlement.  (i.e. person named on record (if 18 or older), mother or father (if named on record), spouse, brother or sister (if 18 or older), maternal grandparents and paternal grandparents. (if father is named on record), children or legal representatives with entitlement of proof of blood relation or representation may be required.

  1. Complete appropriate Application for Certified Copy form, which is required to be signed in front of a notary public; and
  2. Provide copy of a current Driver’s License or other current government photo ID; and
  3. Submit $20.00 check or money order.
Non Receipt of a Vital Certificate by mail in Keokuk County, Iowa:

If a vital certificate was not received by mail, you may complete the below Non Receipt of VItal Certificate and send to our office after 30 days has elapsed from the date certificate(s) was issued (to allow delivery by the US Postal Service).
     Non Receipt of Vital Certificate