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Birth Records

How to request and receive birth certificates in Lucas County.


Certified copies are available for $15.00 to persons of entitlement. Must pay with cash/check only.

Non-certified copies of birth records are available, for a fee of $5.00. Must pay with cash/check only.

Available Records

Iowa birth records from 1985 to the current date are available in all counties in Iowa regardless of the county the event occurred. 

Birth events that took place in Lucas County between 1880 to 1987 are available at the Lucas County Recorder’s office. (There are some instances where the record may not be available at the county level.)

Lucas County has limited birth records between 1921 and 1941. We can work with Iowa Health & Human Services if needed to obtain these records.

Lucas County does NOT have access to single-parent birth records prior to July 1995, nor do we have access to adoption birth records. The Iowa Department of Public Health, State Vital Records is able to assist you with obtaining these records.


You will need a valid photo ID or driver's license, be at least 18 years old and have entitlement.

Ways to Apply:

  • Apply in person.
  • Applying by mail. If applying by mail, you must fill out the application with your signature notarized, and we need a copy of your valid ID or driver's license and a check or money order (payable to the Lucas County Recorder).
  • If you would like Lucas County to process your request, please mail your notarized completed application and payment to the:

    Lucas County Recorder
    916 Braden Ave
    Chariton, IA 50049
  • Order by phone call State Vital Records-Vital Check at 1-866-809-0290

If you have any questions, please call 641-774-4512.


If you do not have a valid driver's license or ID, please provide alternative identification. View Identity Documents for acceptable forms of alternative IDs.


Direct and Tangible Interest 

Iowa Health & Human Services: How to request a certified record

Records Request

  • Use this form for birth, death, or marriage record if you know the record originated in Iowa.  If applying directly to the Lucas County Recorder, please MAIL completed original, notarized request form with a photo copy of your i.d. and $15 payable to the Lucas County Recorder. Our address is 916 Braden Ave, Chariton, IA  50049.


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