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?
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/or legal description or address 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?
Yes, but we need the mortgagorís name and the legal description. 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. This information can be faxed to you for a nominal fee. Your bill will be the cover page of your fax.

We will not certify searches. Our records are open for public inspection.

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 Floyd 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, you must make application in writing or in person. You must prove entitlement to record and provide the childís name, date of birth, fatherís name and motherís maiden name. Entitled persons include the person named on the birth certificate who is of legal age, spouse, children, legal parents, grandparents or legal representative or guardian. Requests from legal representatives or guardians must be on their business letterhead. There is a $15.00 fee for each certified copy.

Requests by mail must include payment, a copy of your photo i.d, a notarized application , and the required information. Mail to:
Floyd County Recorder, 101 S. Main, Suite 306, Charles City, IA 50616

We will not take telephone requests.

Where and how can I get a copy of a death certificate?
Only the death records of persons who died in Floyd County or resided in Floyd County and died in Iowa, are available from the Floyd County Recorderís Office. To obtain a death certificate, you must make application in writing or in person. You must prove entitlement and provide the deceasedís name and date of death. Entitled persons include spouse, children, legal parents, grandparents or legal representative of guardian. Requests from legal representatives or guardians must be on their letterhead. There is a $15.00 fee for each certified copy.

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.

Requests by mail must include payment, a copy of your photo i.d, a notarized application , and the required information. Mail to:
Floyd County Recorder, 101 S. Main, Suite 306, Charles City, IA 50616

Where and how can I get a copy of a marriage license?
If you applied for a marriage license in Floyd County, you can obtain a copy from the Floyd County Recorderís Office even if you were married in another county in Iowa. To obtain a marriage certificate, you must make application in writing or in person. You must prove entitlement to record and provide groomís name, brideís name before marriage and the date of the marriage. Entitled person include the persons named on the marriage certificate, children, legal parents, grandparents, or legal representative or guardian. Requests from legal representatives or guardians must be on their letterhead. There is a $15.00 fee for each certified copy.

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

Requests by mail must include payment, a copy of your photo i.d, a notarized application , and the required information. Mail to:
Floyd County Recorder, 101 S. Main, Suite 306, Charles City, IA 50616

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 bride, groom 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 bride, groom and their witness sign in front of a notary. There is a three day waiting period from the date of application before the bride or groom may pick up the marriage license. You may also have the marriage license mailed to the bride or groom after the three date waiting period. There is non-refundable application fee of $35.00.

A certified copy of the marriage certificate will be mailed to the bride and groom 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 Monday, Wednesday & Friday 8:00AM to 4:30 PM; Tuesdays 8:00AM to 2:30PM; closed on Thursdays; at 641-228-7777.

If I was born in another county or state can I get my birth certificate in Floyd 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.

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.

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, currently renewed through April 30, 2013. There is a $5.00 penalty after April 30th. Registrations are due by April 30th on odd number years.

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

Yes, a current, signed registration and title, if applicable, is required 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 fishing and hunting?
You do not need a habitat stamp for either if you are at least 65 years of age.

Where do I apply for homestead/military tax credit?
Floyd County Assessorís Office, courthouse, 1st floor, 641-257-6152.

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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