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Death Record Application Form
Attorney Proof of Entitlement


  • COMPLETE the Application form
  • Application must be NOTARIZED
  • Include copy of valid PHOTO ID
  • Certified copy cost: $15
Johnson County Recorder
Attn: Vital Records
913 S Dubuque St
Iowa City IA 52240-4273

A vital record can also be ordered by calling: 1-866-809-0290

Death records begin at the year 1880. Certified copies are $15 and only available to entitled parties (i.e. parents, children, spouses, siblings, grandparents and funeral homes). Individuals requesting a death record must prove entitlement by showing proper identification. Death events from 1954—“current day” can be issued in any county. Death events from 1880—1953 must be obtained through the county where the event occurred.

Death records between the years 1921 – 1941 must be requested through the Iowa Department of Public Health