Iowa Public Records
Iowa State has public records law that guarantees that the general public has access to most of the records at all state and local government levels.
Enacted in 1967, Iowa’s first public records law is found in Iowa Code § 22 et?seq. The law states that “all public records” of any city, county, school, township, political subdivision, corporation, and all non-profit corporations that are supported by public funds are accessible to the public. There is no any restriction on who can access these records. There is also no limitation specified on how the records may be used once obtained.
There are many exemptions to this public records law. Actually, there are about 64 categories of exemptions and they relate things such as:
- Trade secrets
- Medical records
- Personal records
- Financial records
- Investigatory records
Iowa Criminal Records
The administration of background checks in the state of Iowa is the responsibility of the Division of Criminal Investigation (DCI), Criminal Record History Record Dissemination Unit. They provide a website that lets the public perform non-waiver, limited records check and anyone can run a search on any individual without their consent. The search will generate a background check that doesn’t include current arrests that have not had a financial disposition yet. For a detailed criminal records check, the requester must have a signed authorization.
Arrest records, jail and inmate records are made available to the public through the Department of Corrections. Information regarding offenders in Iowa is available at the Iowa Department of Corrections. To locate an offender, simply search online on the Iowa Department of Corrections or through Vinelink.com. It’s helpful to have more information about the offender, such as Last Name, First Name, Date of Birth, and the County where the offence was committed. You will receive information on the offender’s current location, estimated release date, and charges.
Iowa Court Records
Any information about courts in Iowa and court files is available through the state’s Administrator of the Courts. You can either perform an online search via the Iowa Courts Online Search or request the records on particular cases at the courthouse where the case was heard. For cases older than 1991, you should search directly at the appropriate courthouse.
Iowa Vital Records
The responsibility of recording vital events such as death, marriage, birth and divorce is given to the Iowa Department of Health, Bureau of Vital Statistics. Birth and death certificates are available from 1880 and can be found at the Bureau of Vital Statistics.
- Birth records: You can obtain birth certificates through the county or the state recorder’s office. It is however important to note that county recorders cannot provide records for births between 1921-1941, single-parent births prior to 1995, or any other record preserved by a court of law. For such records, you will have to make your request through Iowa Department of Health, Bureau of Vital Statistics.
- Death records: You can obtain death certificates through the county or state recorder’s office. However, you cannot obtain records of deaths before 1921 and after 1941 at the county recorders’ office.
- Marriage records: You can obtain marriage certificates from the government agency or through the specific county where the marriage or death occurred. However, you cannot obtain copies of marriage and death certificates for marriages and deaths that occurred between 1921 to194.
- Divorce records: marriage records are available at the Iowa Department of Health, Bureau of Vital Statistics. You can also request for copies of dissolution of marriage at through the particular county where the final decree was made.
If you know exactly where to look Access to public records, criminal records, court records and vital records in Iowa can be fairly simple. Knowing the Iowa public law in its entirety will help you know where to look and what records you may be granted access to.
Iowa State Court System
Understanding how the system of Iowa state court works is very important as it helps you find court records easily.
Iowa Courts Overview
The trial court system of Iowa State consists of District Courts. The trial court system of the state of Iowa is a unified one with District Court exercising the general jurisdiction over all cases.
To make your work easier, start searching for court records in Iowa by simply going to courts by county. The jurisdiction of the District Court is limited whenever original jurisdiction over a particular type of case has been assigned to another administrative agency, tribunal or type of court.
By reading this post, you will get the general information about Iowa court system and the type of cases handled in what type of court.
Iowa District Courts
Iowa District Courts have general jurisdiction to handle all criminal and civil cases, with some few exceptions.
Each District Court has divisions for Small Claims, Juvenile Court and Probate Court. In addition to these divisions, some District Courts in Iowa also have divisions based particularly on case type, such as Domestic Relations, Civil, Special, and Criminal. “Special” cases are simply some types of civil cases which do not actually involve the recovery of a penalty, the redress or prevention of private wrongs, or enforcement of private rights.
The cases that fall within the jurisdiction limits of District Courts may be heard by an Associate Juvenile Judge, District Judge, Judicial Magistrate, Associate Probate Judge, or District Associate Judge. Every type of judge has specific jurisdiction to handle certain types of cases. For example, A District Judge has general jurisdiction to handle all types of cases that District Court has the jurisdiction to handle. On the other hand, other remaining types of judges have limited jurisdiction to only handle certain types of cases depending on what court a judge presides over.
District Courts have Juvenile Court divisions with original jurisdiction to handle termination of parental rights, voluntary foster care placement proceedings, majority of juvenile delinquency, families in need of assistance, children in need of assistance, and cases that involve hearings of abortion notification waiver.
District Courts also have the Probate Court divisions with jurisdiction to handle trustees, trusts, conservatorships and guardianships, actions for accounting, the construction of wills, the estates of absentees and decedents, and other many probate cases.
District Courts also have Small Claims divisions. The Small Claims divisions provide a simplified procedure for certain civil claims that involve disputed money in limited amounts, including certain types of landlord-tenant cases.
The Official Website of Iowa County
Cedar Falls Cedar Falls, IA – Official Website
Marion City of Marion, IA
Bettendorf Bettendorf, IA The official website of the City of Bettendorf, Iowa
Polk County Polk County Iowa
Linn County Linn County, IA – Official Website
Scott County Scott County, Iowa |
Black Hawk County Black Hawk County IA | Official Website
Woodbury County Woodbury County, Iowa
Dubuque County Dubuque County
Story County Story County, IA – Official Website
Dallas County Dallas County, IA
Clinton County Clinton County, Iowa
Warren County Warren County, Iowa
Muscatine County Muscatine County, IA – Official Website
Marshall County Marshall County, Iowa—Marshall County, Iowa
Des Moines County Des Moines County, IA – Official Website
Webster County Welcome to Webster County Iowa
Jasper County Jasper County, IA | Official Website
Lee County Welcome to Lee County Boone County, IA! Official Lee County, Iowa website, the main site for all things related to County Government in Lee County, Iowa. Courthouse located in Fort Madison and Keokuk, Iowa.
Wapello County Official Wapello County Website
Sioux County Sioux County, Iowa – Official County Courthouse Website Welcome to the official Sioux County Iowa website, featuring news, information and links from the Sioux County government departments.
Marion County Welcome to Marion County, Iowa! Official Marion County, Iowa website, the main site for all things related to County Government in Marion County, Iowa.
Boone County Boone County, IA
Benton County Homepage – Benton County Iowa
Bremer County Welcome to Bremer County, IA
Mahaska County Welcome to Mahaska County, Iowa | mahaskacounty.org
Washington County Washington County, IA – Official Website
Winneshiek County Welcome to Winneshiek County | Winneshiek County
Buchanan County Welcome to Buchanan County, IA
Fayette County Fayette County, Iowa
Carroll County Carroll County Iowa Government Website Home Page This is the home page for Carroll County Iowa local government. Information about all aspects of doing business witht he county can be found here.
Jones County jonescounty
Buena Vista County Buena Vista County
Henry County Welcome to Henry County Iowa! Official Henry County, Iowa website, the main site for all things related to County Government in Henry County, Iowa. Courthouse located in Mt. Pleasant, Iowa.
Jackson County Welcome to Jackson County Iowa! Official Jackson County, Iowa website, the main site for all things related to County Government in Jackson County, Iowa. Courthouse located in Maquoketa, Iowa.
Poweshiek County Poweshiek County Iowa Poweshiek County Iowa – On this website, you will find information on some of the services provided by Poweshiek County. In addition, you will find state and county forms that you may need. The navigation bar on the left will take you to the main pages for various county departments or in some cases to other county websites. The community links will take you to the local website or map of the community.
Cedar County Welcome to Cedar County Iowa! Official Cedar County, Iowa website, the main site for all things related to County Government in Cedar County, Iowa. Courthouse located in Tipton, Iowa.
Clayton County Clayton County, Iowa Official Website of Clayton County, Iowa
Iowa Jail Roster
|Type||Name||County||Inmate Locator||Phone Number||Inmate Search|
|State Prison||North Central Correctional Facility||Calhoun County||313 Lanedale, Rockwell City, IA 50579||(712) 297-7521||Inmate Search|
|State Prison||Mt. Pleasant Correctional Facility||Henry County||1200 East Washington Street, Mt. Pleasant, IA 52641||(319) 385-9511||Inmate Search|
|State Prison||Newton Correctional Facility||Jasper County||307 South 60th Avenue West, Newton, IA 50208||(641) 792-7552||Inmate Search|
|State Prison||Iowa Medical and Classification Center||Johnson County||2700 Coral Ridge Avenue, Coralville, IA 52241||(319) 626-2391||Inmate Search|
|State Prison||Anamosa State Penitentiary||Jones County||406 North High Street, Anamosa, IA 52205||(319) 462-3504||Inmate Search|
|State Prison||Iowa State Penitentiary||Lee County||2111 330th Avenue, Fort Madison, IA 52627||(319) 372-5432||Inmate Search|
|State Prison||Clarinda Correctional Facility||Page County||2000 North 16th Street, Clarinda, IA 51632||(712) 542-5634||Inmate Search|
|State Prison||Iowa Correctional Institution for Women||Polk County||420 Mill Street SW, Mitchellville, IA 50169||(515) 725-5042||Inmate Search|
|State Prison||Fort Dodge Correctional Facility||Webster County||1550 L Street, Fort Dodge, IA 50501||(515) 574-4700||Inmate Search|
|Allamakee County Jail Roster||Allamakee County Jail||Allamakee County||110 Allamakee Street, Waukon, IA 52172||(563) 568-4521||Jail Roster|
|Appanoose County Jail Roster||Appanoose County Jail||Appanoose County||1125 W. Van Buren Street, Centerville, IA 52544||(641) 437-7106||Jail Roster|
|Benton County Jail Roster||Benton County Jail||Benton County||503 3rd Avenue, Vinton, IA 52349||(319) 472-2337||Jail Roster|
|Black Hawk County Jail Roster||Black Hawk County Jail||Black Hawk County||225 E 6th Street, Waterloo, IA 50703||(319) 291-2587||Inmate Search|
|Boone County Jail Roster||Boone County Jail||Boone County||1019 W Mamie Eisenhower Avenue, Boone, IA 50036||(515) 433-0524||Jail Roster|
|Bremer County Jail Roster||Bremer County Jail||Bremer County||111 4th Street NE, Waverly, IA 50677||(319) 352-5400||Inmate Search|
|Buchanan County Jail Roster||Buchanan County Correctional Center||Buchanan County||210 5th Avenue NE, Independence, IA 50644||(319) 334-2017||Jail Roster|
|Buena Vista County Jail Roster||Buena Vista County Jail||Buena Vista County||411 Expansion Blvd, Storm Lake, IA 50588||(712) 732-2452||Inmate Roster|
|Butler County Jail Roster||Butler County Jail||Butler County||705 Hanover Street, Hamilton, OH 45011||(513) 785-1000||Jail Roster|
|Carroll County Jail Roster||Carroll County Jail||Carroll County||114 E 6th Street, Carroll, IA 51401||(712) 792-4393||Jail Roster|
|Cedar County Jail Roster||Cedar County Jail||Cedar County||711 E South Street, Tipton, IA 52772||(563) 886-2052||Jail Roster|
|Cerro Gordo County Jail Roster||Cerro Gordo County Jail||Cerro Gordo County||17262 Lark Avenue, Mason City, IA 50401||(641) 421-3004||Inmate Roster|
|Cherokee County Jail Roster||Cherokee County Jail||Cherokee County||111 N 5th Street, Cherokee, IA 51012||(712) 225-6738||Jail Roster|
|Chickasaw County Jail Roster||Chickasaw County Jail||Chickasaw County||116 N Chestnut Avenue, New Hampton, IA 50659||(641) 394-3121||Jail Roster|
|Clay County Jail Roster||Clay County Jail||Clay County||3115 W 4th Street, Spencer, IA 51301||(712) 264-4242||Jail Roster|
|Clayton County Jail Roster||Clayton County Jail||Clayton County||22680 230th Street, Saint Olaf, IA 52072||(563) 245-1540||Jail Roster|
|Clinton County Jail Roster||Clinton County Jail||Clinton County||1900 North Third Street, Clinton IA 52733-2957||(563) 242-9211||Jail Roster|
|Dallas County Jail Roster||Dallas County Jail||Dallas County||201 Nile Kinnick Drive N, Adel, IA 50003||(515) 993-5815||Inmate Search|
|Delaware County Jail Roster||Delaware County Jail||Delaware County||304 East Delaware Street, Manchester, IA 52057||(563) 927-3135||Jail Roster|
|Des Moines County Jail Roster||Des Moines County Correctional Center||Des Moines County||3630 Bauer Drive, Burlington, IA 52601||(319) 753-8275||Jail Roster|
|Dickinson County Jail Roster||Dickinson County Jail||Dickinson County||1802 Hill Avenue, Spirit Lake, IA 51360||(712) 336-2793||Inmate Roster|
|Dubuque County Jail Roster||Dubuque County Jail||Dubuque County||770 Iowa Street, Dubuque, IA 52001||(563) 589-4420||Inmate Search|
|Emmet County Jail Roster||Emmet County Jail||Emmet County||114 N 6th Street, Estherville, IA 51334||(712) 362-2639||Jail Roster|
|Fayette County Jail Roster||Fayette County Jail||Fayette County||220 N Industrial Pkwy, West Union, IA 52175||(563) 422-3972||Jail Roster|
|Floyd County Jail Roster||Floyd County Jail||Floyd County||101 S Main Street, Charles City, IA 50616||(641) 257-6217||Jail Roster|
|Hamilton County Jail Roster||Hamilton County Jail||Hamilton County||2300 Superior Street, Webster City, IA 50595||(515) 832-9500||Jail Roster|
|Hancock County Jail Roster||Hancock County Jail||Hancock County||875 State Street, Garner, IA 50438||(641) 923-4409||Jail Roster|
|Hardin County Jail Roster||Hardin County Jail||Hardin County||1116 14th Avenue, Eldora, IA 50627||(641) 939-8189||Inmate Roster|
|Harrison County Jail Roster||Harrison County Jail||Harrison County||111 South 1st Avenue, Logan, IA 51546||(712) 644-2556||Jail Roster|
|Ida County Jail Roster||Ida County Jail||Ida County||401 Moorehead Street, Ida Grove, IA 51445||(712) 364-3146||Inmate Roster|
|Iowa County Jail Roster||Iowa County Jail||Iowa County||960 Franklyn Avenue, Marengo, IA 52301||(319) 642-7307||Jail Roster|
|Jackson County Jail Roster||Jackson County Jail||Jackson County||104 S Niagara Street, Maquoketa, IA 52060||(563) 652-3312||Jail Roster|
|Jasper County Jail Roster||Jasper County Jail||Jasper County||2300 Law Center Drive, Newton, IA 50208||(641) 791-7081||Jail Roster|
|Jefferson County Jail Roster||Jefferson County Jail||Jefferson County||1200 W Grimes Avenue, Fairfield, IA 52556||(641) 472-3967||Jail Roster|
|Johnson County Jail Roster||Johnson County Jail||Johnson County||511 S Capitol Street, Iowa City, IA 52240||(319) 356-6020||Inmate Roster|
|Kossuth County Jail Roster||Kossuth County Jail||Kossuth County||121 W State Street, Algona, IA 50511||(515) 295-9277||Jail Roster|
|Linn County Jail Roster||Linn County Correctional Center||Linn County||53 3rd Avenue Bridge, Cedar Rapids, IA 52401||(319) 892-6300||Jail Roster|
|Louisa County Jail Roster||Louisa County Jail||Louisa County||12635 Co. Road G56, Wapello, IA 52653||(319) 523-4371||Jail Roster|
|Lucas County Jail Roster||Lucas County Jail||Lucas County||48559 Hy Vee Road, Chariton, IA 50049||(641) 774-5083||Inmate Roster|
|Lyon County Jail Roster||Lyon County Jail||Lyon County||410 South Boone Street, Rock Rapids, IA 51246||(712) 472-8356||Jail Roster|
|Madison County Jail Roster||Madison County Jail||Madison County||1012 N John Wayne Drive, Winterset, IA 50273||(515) 462-3575||Jail Roster|
|Mahaska County Jail Roster||Mahaska County Jail||Mahaska County||214 High Avenue E, Oskaloosa, IA 52577||(641) 673-2591||Jail Roster|
|Marion County Jail Roster||Marion County Jail||Marion County||211 N. Godfrey Lane, Knoxville, Iowa 50138||(641) 828-2245||Jail Roster|
|Marshall County Jail Roster||Marshall County Jail||Marshall County||2369 Jessup Avenue, Marshalltown, IA 50158||(641) 754-6380||Inmate Search|
|Monona County Jail Roster||Monona County Jail||Monona County||909 7th Street, Onawa, IA 51040||(712) 423-2525||Jail Roster|
|Monroe County Jail Roster||Monroe County Jail||Monroe County||114 19th Avenue West, Albia, IA 52531||(641) 932-7815||Jail Roster|
|Montgomery County Jail Roster||Montgomery County Jail||Montgomery County||106 E Coolbaugh Street, Red Oak, IA 51566||(712) 623-4255||Jail Roster|
|Muscatine County Jail Roster||Muscatine County Jail||Muscatine County||400 Walnut Street, Muscatine, IA 52761||(563) 262-4190||Jail Roster|
|O’Brien County Jail Roster||O’Brien County Jail||O’Brien County||240 1st Street NE, Primghar, IA 51245||(712) 957-5245||Jail Roster|
|Osceola County Jail Roster||Osceola County Jail||Osceola County||309 6th Street, Sibley, Iowa 51249||(712) 754-2556||Inmate Roster|
|Page County Jail Roster||Page County Jail||Page County||323 N 15th Street, Clarinda, IA 51632||(712) 542-5193||Jail Roster|
|Palo Alto County Jail Roster||Palo Alto County Jail||Palo Alto County||2001 11th Street, Emmetsburg, IA 50536||(712) 852-3535||Jail Roster|
|Plymouth County Jail Roster||Plymouth County Jail||Plymouth County||451 14th Avenue NE, Le Mars, IA 51031||(712) 546-4419||Inmate Roster|
|Polk County Jail Roster||Polk County Jail||Polk County||1985 NE 51st Place, Des Moines, IA 50313||(515) 323-5400||Inmate Search|
|Pottawattamie County Jail Roster||Pottawattamie County Jail||Pottawattamie County||1400 Big Lake Road, Council Bluffs, IA 51501||(712) 890-2211||Inmate Roster|
|Ringgold County Jail Roster||Ringgold County Jail||Ringgold County||801 W South Street, Mt Ayr, IA 50854||(641) 464-3921||Jail Roster|
|Scott County Jail Roster||Scott County Jail||Scott County||400 W 4th Street, Davenport, IA 52801||(563) 326-8750||Inmate Roster|
|Shelby County Jail Roster||Shelby County Jail||Shelby County||1104 9th Street, Harlan, IA 51537||(712) 755-2501||Jail Roster|
|Sioux County Jail Roster||Sioux County Jail||Sioux County||4363 Ironwood Avenue, Orange City, IA 51041||(712) 737-3131||Inmate Roster|
|Story County Jail Roster||Story County Jail||Story County||1315 S B Avenue, Nevada, IA 50201||(515) 382-7464||Inmate Roster|
|Tama County Jail Roster||Tama County Jail||Tama County||100 N Main Street, Toledo, IA 52342||(641) 484-3760||Jail Roster|
|Taylor County Jail Roster||Taylor County Jail||Taylor County||1601 Justice Street, Bedford, IA 50833||(712) 523-2153||Jail Roster|
|Union County Jail Roster||Union County Jail||Union County||302 N. Pine Street, Creston, IA 50801||(641) 782-7717||Jail Roster|
|Van Buren County Jail Roster||Van Buren County Jail||Van Buren County||907 Broad Street, Keosauqua, IA 52565||(319) 293-3426||Jail Roster|
|Wapello County Jail Roster||Wapello County Jail||Wapello County||330 2nd Street W, Ottumwa, IA 52501||(641) 684-4350||Inmate Roster|
|Warren County Jail Roster||Warren County Jail||Warren County||115 N Howard Street, Indianola, IA 50125||(515) 961-1104||Jail Roster|
|Washington County Jail Roster||Washington County Jail||Washington County||2185 Lexington Blvd, Washington, IA 52353||(319) 653-5902||Jail Roster|
|Winnebago County Jail Roster||Winnebago County Jail||Winnebago County||216 S Clark Street, Forest City, IA 50436||(641) 585-3632||Jail Roster|
|Winneshiek County Jail Roster||Winneshiek County Jail||Winneshiek County||400 Claiborne Drive, Decorah, IA 52101||(563) 387-4096||Jail Roster|
|Woodbury County Jail Roster||Woodbury County Jail||Woodbury County||407 7th Street, Sioux City, IA 51101||(712) 279-6040||Inmate Search|
|Worth County Jail Roster||Worth County Jail||Worth County||1000 Central Avenue, Northwood, IA 50459||(641) 324-2481||Jail Roster|
|Wright County Jail Roster||Wright County Jail||Wright County||719 2nd Street SW, Clarion, IA 50525||(515) 602-6152||Jail Roster|
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