The Office of the Iowa County Recorder was created by the First Legislative Assembly of the Territory of Iowa in 1839. Since the creation of the County Recorder’s office, numerous additional responsibilities have been added over the years.
The Union County Recorder’s Office DOES NOT:
- Provide legal services
- Prepare legal documents
The Union County Recorder’s office can now accept Visa and MasterCard payments.
As of July 1997, the Recorder’s office is the County Registrar of Vital Records and has the responsibility of issuing Marriage Licenses, registering Birth, Death and Marriage Certificates and issuing certified copies of Vital Records.
The Recorder’s duties are defined by state statutes and established by state agencies through administrative actions. The County Recorder works with the Iowa Department of Natural Resources, Iowa Department of Revenue, Iowa Department of Public Health. Detailed reports are filed monthly and annually to the county and to the state agencies.
The County Recorder is responsible for land and records management, maintaining and recording a wide variety of official documents affecting real estate and numerous other valuable miscellaneous documents. The office collects real estate transfer tax for the Iowa Department of Revenue and collects and reports the County Auditor’s fee on transfer of property.
Department of Natural Resources
The Recorder’s office serves as a licensing agent for the Iowa Department of Natural Resources by issuing fishing and hunting licenses, and registering and titling boats, snowmobiles, and ORVs.
Our office is open for Genealogy research Monday through Friday, from 8:30 am until 4:30 pm. Records are open for public viewing. We ask that you limit your group of researchers to 2 so others may also look.