Stress-Free Iowa Birth Certificate Application

Birth Certificates Stress-Free Iowa Birth Certificate Application

How to Order an Iowa Birth Certificate in Minutes

A birth certificate is often a requirement in most formal processes, such as obtaining a social security number, applying for a passport or government benefits, enrolling in school, getting a driver's license, and even gaining employment. It is proof of age, citizenship, and identity all rolled into a single document. Obtaining a formal copy of a birth certificate is, however, marred by too many procedures. First, you have to file a formal request. You will then need to fill an application form which has to be notarized, print and sign it, then mail it to the Iowa Vital Records office along with a copy of go government ID and check or money order.  All these requirements will have you going to the bank, notary, and post offices. However, obtaining an Iowa birth certificate can be hassle-free if you sign up with DoNotPay. Be it a birth certificate for a newborn or replacing a lost one, we've got you covered.

The Difference Between an Authorized and Informational Birth Certificate Copy

Authorized and informational birth certificates all contain the same information. However, an authorized birth certificate bears a stamp or seal of the office that issued it, while an informational birth certificate does not. As such, the authorized copy is a legal document that can be used as proof of identity, and its access is only limited to the respective individual and immediate family members.  On the other hand, an informational copy cannot establish one's identity and contains a disclaimer to that extent. Access to the informational copy of the birth certificate is unrestricted. Also, authorized copies may require notarizations, while informational ones may not.  Authorized birth certificates are used to acquire other forms of government ID such as a driver's license and passport, marriage and adoption applications, and other relevant legal applications. The use of informational copies only extends to genealogical research or other informational purposes but is invalid for legal applications.

Who Can Get a Birth Certificate Copy in Iowa

The following people can obtain a copy of a birth certificate in Iowa upon providing valid photo identification and a notarized sworn statement.

  • Self (this is the individual named on the record). They must be 18 years or older.
  • Parents of the individual named in the birth certificate.
  • Spouse of the individual named on the record.
  • Children of the individual named on the record. They must be 18 years or older.
  • Grandparents of the person named on the birth certificate.
  • Siblings of the individual whose name is on the record.
  • Legal Guardian of the person named on the record. A legal guardian may require proof of relationship.
  • The legal representative of the individual on the birth certificate. They might require supporting legal documents.

How Much Does It Cost to Request a Birth Certificate Copy in Iowa

The fee for a certified copy of a birth certificate in Iowa is payable in US funds by check or money order to the issuing registrar's office. The fees must be paid when submitting the request. It is best to order multiple copies of the birth certificate to avoid repeating the process.

City/County/State OfficeContact Address and Phone NumberBirth Certificate Processing Fee
Iowa Department of Health321 E. 12th / 4th Floor

Des Moines, IA 50319

Phone: 866-809-0290

Fax: 866-559-9634

First Copy: $15.00 Additional Copies: $15.00

How Long Does It Take to Get a Copy of a Birth Certificate in Iowa

Mailed requests for certified birth certificates in Iowa take a processing time of between 4 and 6 weeks. In-person applications, on the other hand, require one to wait in line.

What Documents Do I Need to Get a Copy of a Birth Certificate in Iowa

To get a certified copy of a birth certificate in Iowa, you will need a filled-out application form alongside a clear photocopy of both sides of one of the following types of government-issued identification:

  • State of Iowa ID Card
  • U.S. Passport
  • State of Iowa Driver's License
  • Driver's license issued by another US state
  • Photo State Identification Card issued by another US state

You also need to verify your identity by notarizing the application and signing it in the presence of a public notary or Iowa Registrar of vital records.

How to Get an Iowa Birth Certified By Yourself

An Iowa birth certificate can be obtained by applying online, in-person, by phone, or by mail.

To apply in person, you need to show up at a county recorder's office within Iowa and provide government-issued photo identification. Fill out the application form provided at the office and sign the application form in the presence of a public notary or an Iowa registrar of records. There is a notary available at the office when you are applying in person. Then pay for the request in cash, by check, or with a money order.

To apply by phone, call 1-866-809-0290 on weekdays between 6:00 am and 7:00 pm except during holidays. Provide answers to the questions posed by the phone recipient to verify your identity. Then pay the requested fee by credit card.

To apply by mail, you need to download and print a birth certificate application form from the Iowa Department of Public Health. Fill out the required details and sign your application in the presence of a notary public or Iowa Registrar of Vital Records. You can search a database of notaries via the Iowa Secretary of State's website to find one near you.

You need to include a copy of government-issued photo identification and a check or money order. The check/money order is payable to the Iowa Department of Public Health. The check must come from the applicant's account, while a money order must be in the applicant's name.  When everything is complete, you will mail the application in a standard envelope that contains the payment, copy of ID, and application form to the Iowa Department of Public Health, Bureau of Health Statistics, Lucas State Office Building, 1st Floor, 321 E. 12th Street, Des Moines, Iowa, 50319-0075 Requesting a birth certificate by yourself can be confusing as it requires you to fill out the information that you may not even be aware of. Getting your signature notarized can also prove challenging and applying for the birth certificate in person can be tedious and time-consuming. However, you can request an Iowa certificate without breaking much of a sweat by acquiring the services of DoNotPay.

What To Do Next If You Can't Get a Birth Certificate Copy By Yourself

If you do not get the birth certificate after waiting for the stipulated period of 4-6 weeks, you will have to take up the issue with the Iowa Department of Public Health, Bureau of Health Statistics.  There is a chance that some of the information you gave might have been wrong, rendering your application invalid. In such a case, you will have to begin the entire application process again, which can be frustrating. DoNotPay is here to save you another trip to the post office or bank. We'll take you through several questions and generate a completed request form. Once you confirm that everything is correct, we'll mail it to the state records office with a check to cover the application fee on your behalf.    If the application requires a notarization, we'll help you schedule an online appointment through our Virtual Notary product.

How to Order a Birth Certificate Copy Instantly in Iowa With DoNotPay

Subscribing to DoNotPay will save you the hassle of filling out application forms and the risk of providing incorrect details that could invalidate your application. Ready to let DoNotPay relieve you of all the effort? Then follow these 8 easy steps.

  1. Go to the Birth Certificates product on DoNotPay.
  2. Select who the certificate is for (you or a loved one). If you are requesting a copy of someone else's certificate, enter their personal details, and upload evidence that proves your relationship.
  3. Enter the location you or your loved one was born in, so we can complete the form specific to your state.
  4. Enter the name(s) of the parent(s) as displayed on the certificate.
  5. Indicate what you will be using this certificate for, and choose whether you need an authorized or certified copy.
  6. Enter your contact information and shipping address. Upload copies of your government-issued identification, such as a driver's license.
  7. Choose whether you would like to electronically sign this form or not. Once we generate the form, verify that all of the information is correct.
  8. If you need the document to be notarized, schedule a notarization appointment using our Notary product. Otherwise, proceed to our Mail Checks product and let DoNotPay mail-in your request form with a check on your behalf.

Why You Should Use DoNotPay to Request a Birth Certificate in Iowa

You should let DoNotPay take up your request because it's:

  • Fast. You do not have to spend long hours trying to get your signature notarized, figuring out the details on the application form, or lining up at the bank or post office to make your application.
  • Easy. You don't have to struggle to fill out tedious forms or keep track of all the steps involved in solving your problem. We will file the application on your behalf.
  • Successful. There is a very high likelihood of your application going through.

The DoNotPay birth certificate product sorts all your birth certificates needs including when you need extra copies or you have misplaced them. The service is easy to use and takes you through a set of questions to generate a completed request form. We then mail the form to the state vital records with a check to cover charges on your behalf. We can also schedule online appointments through a virtual notary product for applications that need notarization. Sign up today for our birth certificate product. **

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