Union County Recorder




Effective May 1, 2011 - The Union County Recorder is not the Passport Agent.  Passport services are now provided in the Auditor's Office.


The Recorder's Office DOES take Passport Photos.  Fee:  $10.00

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 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.

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 ORV's.

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.


The Union County Recorder’s Office DOES NOT:

Provide legal services

Prepare legal documents


The Union County Recorder's office can now accept Visa and Mastercard payments.

MasterCard and Visa Card



Katie Carlton
Union County Recorder
Lindsay Campbell
Deputy Recorder

Judy Hopkins
Part-Time Clerk

Telephone 641-782-1725
Fax 641-782-1709

Union County Courthouse
Attn: Recorder's Office
300 N Pine Street Suite #5
Creston, IA  50801
Office Hours
8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Monday - Friday
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