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Requesting an Iowa Marriage Certificate Made Easy 

Getting married can be complicated and stressful. Between booking a venue, and organizing guest lists, many couples get stressed out during the planning process. After the wedding, things usually calm down. Until it's time to find the marriage certificate

Important documents get lost all the time, and marriage certificates are no exception. Or maybe you need an extra copy of your marriage certificate. In Iowa, getting a certified marriage certificate can be complicated. Luckily, there's an easier way. 

What is the Difference Between a Marriage Certificate and a Marriage License?

An Iowa marriage certificate is not the same as an Iowa marriage license. A marriage license gives a person the right to get married. According to US Marriage Laws, an Iowa marriage license: 

  1. Has a 3 day waiting period 
  2. Does not require a blood test 
  3. Requires one witness over the age of 18

An Iowa marriage license gives two people the right to get married in Iowa. According to, after the marriage is carried out, it is documented with a marriage certificate. The county will give the couple a copy of the certificate, and keep it on file for their records. To get another copy of the certificate, the couple must go through the county's Vital Records department, according to

Who Can Get an Iowa Marriage Certificate?

To request a marriage certificate in Iowa, you have to be entitled to the document. The county will request proof that you are entitled to the marriage certificate. Basically they want to know if you have some relationship to the document, to prevent fraud and identity theft. People entitled to marriage certificates are: 

  • Either spouse on the marriage certificate
  • The couple's children or grandchildren 
  • Siblings
  • The couple's parents or grandparents 
  • Either named person's legal guardian or representative 

Siblings and legal guardians also have to provide additional proof to the county to show that they are legally allowed a copy of the document. 

Once you determine if you are entitled to the document, you can go about requesting it. In Iowa, that means going to the county where the marriage license was issued. That can be complicated and time-consuming. DoNotPay offers an automated solution that is fast, easy, and successful.  

How to Order an Iowa Marriage Certificate on Your Own 

To request an Iowa marriage certificate, first get these documents together: 

  •  A valid photo ID
  • Proof of entitlement. If your name is not on the document, a photo ID will be enough to prove entitlement. If not, you'll need additional documentation, like the birth certificates for yourself and the person whose name is on the document. 
  • A check or money order for $15. Make it payable to the Iowa Department of Public Health

Once you have everything ready, determine how you want to request the document. 

City/County/State Office

Contact Address and
Phone Number

Marriage Certificate Processing Fee

Iowa Department of Health

321 E. 12th / 4th Floor

Des Moines, IA 50319

Phone: 866-809-0290

Fax: 866-559-9634

First Copy: $15.00

Additional Copies: $15.00

In Person

While this is the fastest option, you'll need to work around the schedule of your county Vital Records department. In Polk County, for example, you can only request an Iowa marriage certificate in person between 8 am and 4:30 pm Monday through Friday. 

By Mail 

If you mail your request to the Iowa Vital Records department, you'll need to include all your information and make sure you sufficiently identify the document. Include a photocopy of your photo ID and any entitlement documentation you need. 

By Telephone 

The Vital Records department is available to take requests by phone, but you'll still need to find a way to get them the necessary documentation. That includes your photo ID and payment. 

No matter how you are requesting your Iowa marriage certificate, you'll need to pay the $15 fee. Ordering by mail or telephone can take a few weeks. In-person requests should be fulfilled that day, but getting to the county Vital Records department can be a hassle. 

Unfortunately, there is no way to request an Iowa marriage certificate online through the Iowa government. Luckily, DoNotPay offers a high-tech solution. 

Is There an Easier Way to Get an Iowa Marriage Certificate?

Instead of writing out a request to the Vital Records department yourself, you can do it all online. Although there's no automated way to get a marriage certificate through the Iowa government, DoNotPay has its own automated system that can help. 

DoNotPay will take your information and mail the request to the proper Iowa county for you. 

If you want to order a Marriage Certificate Copy in Iowa but don't know where to start, DoNotPay has you covered in 7 easy steps:

  1. Go to the Certificates of Marriage product on DoNotPay.

  2. Select whether the certificate belongs to you or a relative/loved one. If it belongs to someone else, enter the details of both people on the certificate, and select/upload evidence that proves your relationship with them. If the certificate is yours, enter the details of your spouse.

  3. Enter the city, state, and county where the marriage certificate was issued as well as the date it was issued.

  4. Indicate what you will be using this certificate for, and choose whether you need an authorized or certified copy.

  5. Enter your contact information and shipping address. Upload copies of your government-issued identification, such as a driver's license.

  6. 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.

  7. 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 Use DoNotPay to Get a Copy of Your Marriage Certificate in Minnesota

Getting a copy of a marriage certificate isn't as easy as it should be. But with DoNotPay, you can obtain this document without any hassle. DoNotPay is:

  • Fast. You don’t have to wait long hours or fall in long queues to apply for your Iowa marriage certificate.
  • Easy. We apply on your behalf, so you don't have to spend loads of time figuring out how it works or what steps to take next.
  • Reliable. We cross-verify the data to make sure you send the right information, and if there are any errors on your form, our system will let us know.

Once the process is complete, we will email you the marriage certificate copy. All it takes is a few clicks on your computer or phone. You don't even have to leave the house to get your marriage certificate copy.

DoNotPay's service is fast, easy, and is sure to be successful in getting you an Iowa marriage certificate in a timely manner. Check out our other services today



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