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Death Records

How to request and receive death certificates in Lucas County.

Deaths from 1954 to the current date are available electronically in all counties in Iowa, regardless of where the event occurred.

When requesting a certified death record by mail, all completed applications must be notarized and a photocopy of the applicant's valid driver's license or other government-issued picture ID is required. We also request a check, postal money order (or bank certified check) made payable to the Lucas County Recorder and a self-addressed, stamped business-size envelope. All certified copies are $15 each.

If the event occurred in Lucas County, and you would like us to process it, please mail your completed application to:

Lucas County Recorder
916 Braden Ave
Chariton, IA 50049

Non-certified copies of death records are available for a fee of $5.00 per record. For more information on genealogical requests, please contact our office at 641-774-4512.

Lucas County has limited records from 1921 to 1941. The application may be brought into our office or mailed to the Iowa Department of Public Health (IDPH) in Des Moines, Iowa:

Iowa Department of Public Health
Bureau of Health Statistics
Lucas State Office Building, 1st Floor
321 E. 12th Street
Des Moines, Iowa 50319-0075

To order a death record via phone through the IDPH, please follow the instructions on the back of the Vital Record Application or on their website with the link below.

Request a Record

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