Iowa Death Certificate

Below is the information you'll need in order to obtain a death certificate in Iowa, including qualifications, cost, required information, where to submit your application, and a link to the application you'll need to fill out.

Qualifications

The following people may request death certificates from the state of Iowa:

  • Spouse
  • Children
  • Legal parents
  • Grandparents
  • Grandchildren
  • Siblings
  • Legal guardian or representative

Legal guardians, legal representatives, and siblings must provide proof of their relation to the deceased.

Cost

The fee to search for a death certificate is $15.00, which includes one certified copy of the death certificate or a Notification of the Record Search. Each additional copy of the record is also $15.00. Checks or money orders should be made payable to the "Iowa Department of Public Health." Cash is not accepted, except when the requeset is made in person. There is an additional $9.00 fee for requests placed over the phone, which must be paid with a credit card. Fees are not refundable.

Required Information

  • Full name of the deceased
  • Date of death
  • Place of death
  • Mother's full maiden name
  • Father's full name
  • Purpose for copy
  • Birthdate of applicant
  • Your relation to the deceased
  • Your name 
  • Your address
  • Phone number

The application must include a photocopy of current, government-issued identification. In addition, the signature on the application must be notarized.

Submitting Your Request

By Mail:
Send the completed application and the appropriate fee to:
Iowa Department of Public Health

Bureau of Health Statistics

Lucas State Office Building, 1st Floor

Des Moines, Iowa 50319-0075

By Phone:
To order a certified copy by telephone using a credit card, call 515-281-4944 from 7:00 am to 4:45 pm, Monday through Friday, except for state-observed holidays. An additional $9.00 fee is charged for the expedited process of credit card usage.

In Person:
Applications may be made in person at the state Bureau of Health Statistics from 7:00 am to 5:00 pm, Monday through Friday, except for state-observed holidays, located at:

Lucas State Office Building, 1st Floor

Des Moines, Iowa 50319-0075

The Lucas building is the first state office building east of the state Capitol building, on the south side of Grand Avenue. Written applications must be fully completed and signed. Applicants must also provide current, government-issued photo identification. Copies may be picked up after two days.

Download the Application

Click here to download the application for a certified Iowa death certificate.