Union County Recorder

Union County Recorder Welcome to the Union County Recorder's page! We hope to use this page to inform our Union County residents of any upcoming deadlines for Boats, Snows, & ATV's along with information on upcoming hunting seasons and Hunter's Safety classes.
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The Office of the Iowa County Recorder was created by the First Legislative Assembly of the Territory ofIowa 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 theCounty 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

06/08/2020

We are open to the public as of today. We encourage you to call if you have questions as opposed to coming into the building. We will be happy to answer questions and figure out a good time for you to come in if necessary. Call 641-782-1725. Please see our pinned post at the top of our page for more information about office limitations.

Thank you!

» Union County courthouse offices “open with limitations”
06/03/2020
» Union County courthouse offices “open with limitations”

» Union County courthouse offices “open with limitations”

With the number of COVID-19 cases in the area climbing daily, Union County Emergency Management Coordinator Jo Duckworth urges Union County residents to be cautious. She says there will continue to be more cases.  Monday, Union County Public Health confirmed an 8th case of COVID-19.

06/02/2020

The Union County Recorder’s Office will be open to the public beginning JUNE 8, 2020, with limitations.

• We will allow only one customer at the counter at a time but we will be providing all services. We will be sanitizing the counter after each customer.
• Only local Union County researchers will be allowed access to the Recorder’s Office. The door will be closed at all times now so we ask that you stop at the front counter to check in and make sure a workstation is available. We will be cleaning those workstations after each use. Researchers will not be handling the books unless they wear disposable gloves which will be provided.
• Masks are STRONGLY encouraged.

We will still be encouraging those who can do their work by mail or email to go that route. We also will be encouraging our researchers to call ahead to make sure a workstation is available before they come in. If you have plans to do business here, you may call ahead and schedule an appointment time. Appointments are not required but encouraged so our staff can be ready for you and prepare your documents ahead of time.

Please feel free to call if you have any questions! 641-782-1725.

Thank you!

05/19/2020
Union County Auditor

The courthouse is open for absentee voting.

In-person absentee voting is available at the Union County Courthouse, in the lower level, weekdays 8:30-4:30, now through June 1st. Also open extended hours on Friday May 22nd until 5:00, and Saturday May 30th from 7:00-3:00.

05/19/2020
Union County Auditor

Union County Auditor

A REMINDER!!!!! We will be open until 5:00pm on Friday May 22, 2020. This is the last day that an Absentee Ballot can be mailed and also the last day to pre-register to vote in the June 2 Primary Election.

05/13/2020

Update for Recorder's Office.

The County Offices will begin a phased soft opening on Friday, May 15, 2020.
For each office this may mean something a little bit different. For the Recorder's Office it means the following.

Window and Door still closed to public.

Real Estate:
Accepted by Mail, Courthouse Dropbox, and Electronic Submission thru Iowa Land Records.

Vital Records:
Processing Mail-In Applications and Courthouse Dropbox Applications

Boats/ATV’s (All Transaction Types):
Processing by Mail and by Courthouse Dropbox

Hunting and Fishing:
Processing by Mail and by Courthouse Dropbox

Passport Photos:
By Appointment Only- Schedule along with Passport Appointment thru Auditor’s Office.

Genealogy:
Accepting requests by Mail, Phone, Email, Dropbox. Call Recorder’s Office to arrange payment.

At this point we are still not allowing abstractors, attorneys or genealogists into the office.
If you have any questions regarding our services please give us a call. We are happy to help and possibly find an alternate way to assist you if a situation arises.

The department heads will continue to meet in the coming weeks to discuss and decide when to open to the public and/or what adjustments we can make that align with what is happening with COVID-19 in Union County.

Union County Treasurer, Iowa
03/18/2020

Union County Treasurer, Iowa

Union County has closed our offices to the public. Our office will continue to work to perform essential county services. Thank you for your patience and understanding.

03/17/2020
unioncountyiowa.org

Union County Offices will be closed to the public beginning Wednesday, March 18. Please visit the link below for more information. The Recorder's office will still be taking phone calls, vital record requests by mail, genealogy/land record search requests, and recording documents by e-submission or through the mail. If you have any questions please call 641-782-1726.
https://unioncountyiowa.org/website/wp-content/uploads/2020/03/Closed.pdf

01/17/2020

Due to the current weather conditions, all county offices at the Union County Courthouse will be closing at 10 AM today, January 17, 2020. Stay warm and stay home if you can! We will reopen Monday at 8:30 AM.

01/17/2020

Recorders office is currently open. Check back for updates.

01/10/2020

Due to the deteriorating weather conditions, all county offices at the Union County Courthouse will be closing at 2:30 PM on Friday, January 10, 2020. Thank you for your understanding.

12/31/2019

LAST DAY to renew your ATVs, ORVs and Snowmobiles! I'll be here all day today except during lunch. Would be happy to help you avoid those $5 penalties!!! :)

HAPPY NEW YEAR FROM THE RECORDER'S OFFICE! We hope you all have a fun and safe celebration!!!

HOLIDAY HOURS: The Recorder's Office will be closed on December 24th and December 25th for Christmas. We are open all da...
12/09/2019

HOLIDAY HOURS:

The Recorder's Office will be closed on December 24th and December 25th for Christmas. We are open all day on the 23rd for anyone that may need to stop in! Normal office hours resume on December 26th.

We are also open all day on New Year's Eve, but closed on New Year's Day.

Happy Hunting and Happy Holidays from the Recorder's Office.

Katie, Lindsay & Judy!

12/09/2019

REMINDERS!

Remember that all ATV's, ORV's and Snowmobile registration renewals are due or postmarked by December 31st in order to avoid a late penalty.

2020 Hunting and Fishing Licenses will be for sale in the Recorder's Office beginning Monday, December 16, 2019.

If you have questions about your registrations or the pricing on any of the 2020 licenses, feel free to give us a call. We are happy to help. 641-782-1725.

11/11/2019

The Union County Recorder’s Office will be closed today for Veteran’s Day. Thank you all for your service!! 🇺🇸

10/24/2019

REMINDER: The Union County Recorder's Office will be closed beginning at 3:00 PM today and all day on Friday October 25th to finalize our recording software conversion. We will reopen on Monday, October 28th at 8:30 AM. Thank you for your patience!

Please see the attached notice regarding the upcoming software conversion in the Recorder's Office.  Thank you for your ...
09/19/2019

Please see the attached notice regarding the upcoming software conversion in the Recorder's Office. Thank you for your continued patience as we make improvements to our land records management system.

Union County Recorder
09/19/2019

Union County Recorder

You may notice Iowa DNR license vendors asking you if you would like to register to be an organ donor. Read the attached...
09/05/2019
Iowa Department of Natural Resources and the Iowa Donor Network Launch New Donor Registry

You may notice Iowa DNR license vendors asking you if you would like to register to be an organ donor.
Read the attached article to understand more about Logan's Law and how the Iowa DNR and Iowa Donor Network are working together to implement it.

MEDIA CONTACT: Alex Murphy, DNR Director of Communications, 515.729.7533, [email protected]. Sam Hoyle, Iowa Donor Network, 515.520.4132, [email protected]

09/04/2019

Attention Off Road Vehicle Owners:

It's time again to renew your off road vehicles for 2020. This includes ATV's, ORV's, Off Road Motorcycles, Snowmobiles, etc! Stop in and get yours renewed today. Last day to renew for 2020 without penalty is December 31st, 2019! We will be sending our renewal notices shortly to our Union County customers. Please call or stop in if you have questions. 641-782-1725

The Recorder’s office is still processing all real estate transactions and all vital records requests. We CANNOT current...
09/03/2019
Union County, Iowa – County Officials & Courthouse Services

The Recorder’s office is still processing all real estate transactions and all vital records requests.

We CANNOT currently issue hunting and fishing licenses/tags or Boat/Snow/ATV registrations and transfers. Our email is also down at this time.

We will update you as progress is made.

Born out of the hard-working, close-knit farm communities and railroad camps that took root among southwest Iowa’s rolling hills during the bustling westward expansion of the mid-19th century, Union County is now home to more than 12,000 residents. Agriculture and industry are still mainstays, but...

08/15/2019

It's that time of year again! Deer Tags are for sale starting today! Stop in and see us at the Union County Recorder's Office. :)

Please see the attached flyer for information on a Union County Hunter Education Class, COMING UP SOON!!  A person who i...
07/25/2019

Please see the attached flyer for information on a Union County Hunter Education Class, COMING UP SOON!!

A person who is 11 years old or older may enroll in a course, but those who are 11 and successfully complete the course shall be issued a certificate which becomes valid on that person's 12th birthday.

Must register online at www.iowadnr.gov. Follow the instructions on the flyer.

Thanks!!

07/02/2019
Travis Case - Grundy County Recorder

Please read below. Fellow Recorder, Travis Case, explains some new law changes regarding the Recorders office. These laws have taken effect as of July 1, 2019.

Thank you!

Several law changes have taken effect as of July 1st 2019 to make your local County Recorder's office more convenient.

1. Copies of all vital records (birth, death, marriage) are now $15 per certified copy....down from $20.

2. We will now be selling the Federal Duck Stamp for $28.50. You can purchase the "E-Stamp" privilege here in the office which is good for 45 days while your physical stamp will be mailed to you.

3. Boat Renewals - You may now renew your boat in ANY county in the state of Iowa. You must still do your initial registration or transfer in your home county but subsequent renewals or duplicate title requests can be done statewide.

4. Boat Transfers - You may now transfer a titled boat with just the title instead of having to have the registration accompany it. Boats that are not titled still require a signed registration to transfer.

This upcoming weekend is the Iowa Department of Natural Resources Free Fishing Weekend! The dates are June 3rd, 4th, and...
06/11/2019

This upcoming weekend is the Iowa Department of Natural Resources Free Fishing Weekend! The dates are June 3rd, 4th, and 5th. Free fishing weekend allows Iowans an opportunity to try fishing without purchasing a license. All other regulations remain in place. Must be a resident of Iowa. For more information check out www.iowadnr.gov.

06/04/2019

Just a friendly reminder that the Union County Recorder's Office will be closed this Thursday, June 6th, 2019 to attend Summer School training sessions. We will be back open Friday with regular hours, 8:30 AM to 4:30 PM.

In addition, the Union County Auditor's office will also be closed Thursday, June 6th to attend a funeral. They will return for regular business hours on Friday.

Thank you for your understanding.
Katie Carlton

Enjoy Iowa’s free fishing weekend June 7-9!!All other regulations remain in place.
06/03/2019
Join in on the family fun of fishing during free fishing weekend

Enjoy Iowa’s free fishing weekend June 7-9!!
All other regulations remain in place.

Iowa residents can try fishing without buying a license on June 7, 8 and 9 as part of the Iowa Department of Natural Resources’ (DNR) free fishing weekend. All other regulations remain in place.

04/30/2019

Recorder's Office Announcement!!
The Recorder's Office will be closed on Thursday, June 6, 2019 to attend the Recorder's Office Summer School Training in Council Bluffs. We will resume regular business hours on Friday, June 7.

04/18/2019

RECORDER'S OFFICE ANNOUNCEMENTS!

The deadline to renew your boats without penalty is April 30th, 2019! (Or postmarked by April 30th!) Please call or stop in if you have any questions.

Also, the Recorder's office will be closing at NOON tomorrow, April 19th, 2019 for Good Friday.

Thanks and have a HAPPY EASTER weekend! 🐰🐣

04/04/2019

The courthouse is still without internet and phones at the end of the day. Hoping tomorrow we will be up and running. Thank you for your patience as the Mediacom situation is resolved.

04/04/2019

The Union County Courthouse is currently without phones and internet. I will update when we are up and running again.

02/15/2019

The Union County Recorder's Office will be closed Monday, February 18th in observance of Presidents' Day.

01/29/2019

Due to severe weather conditions, all county offices at the Union County Courthouse will be closed tomorrow, January 30, 2019.

Address

300 N Pine St, Ste 5
Creston, IA
50801

General information

Katie Carlton- Union County Recorder Lindsay Campbell- Deputy Judy Hopkins- Clerk Fax # (641) 782-1759

Opening Hours

Monday 08:30 - 16:30
Tuesday 08:30 - 16:30
Wednesday 08:30 - 16:30
Thursday 08:30 - 16:30
Friday 08:30 - 16:30

Telephone

(641) 782-1725

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