The Adams County Recorder maintains and provides retrieval services for a variety of records related to county residents and businesses
Per Iowa Code 331.604, County Recorders are able to keep $1.00 per every recorded document to go towards record preservation. Adams County is dedicated to this work, and we are constantly working on inputting data and images into our computer system. Stop in and visit with us about steps we are taking to preserve Adams County Records.
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 Adams County Recorder’s Office DOES NOT:
- Provide legal services
- Prepare legal documents
The Adams County Recorder’s office accepts Visa and MasterCard payments.
- County Recorder Cover Sheet (PDF)
- Trade Name Application (PDF)
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.
You can search real estate records online with Iowa Land Records. The Iowa Land Records system was created in 2003, and allows all 99 Iowa Counties to permanently archive our real estate records. Attorneys, bankers, realtors, surveyors, abstractors and other professions can submit records electronically through the Iowa Land Records System. To become an e-submitter you must fill out the electronic submission service application form.
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.
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 two, so others may also look.