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

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.

It's Boat Renewal Year! We will be sending out individual notices, but please read the attached flyer on how to renew yo...
01/16/2019

It's Boat Renewal Year! We will be sending out individual notices, but please read the attached flyer on how to renew your boat through 2022. Feel free to call with questions. We are happy to help! 641-782-1725.

12/31/2018

Remember! Today is the last day to renew your Off Road Vehicles for 2019. Stop in the office or have them postmarked by today to avoid a penalty. We are open until 4:30 pm today. Thank you & HAPPY NEW YEAR!!

12/04/2018

As a reminder, this is the last month to renew ATV's, ORV's, and Snowmobiles without penalty! Please stop in or post mark your payment by December 31st to avoid a late fee. If you need to know how much you owe or have other questions, feel free to call us here at the Recorder's Office. (641) 782-1725.

I just wanted to give everyone a heads up that there has been a fee increase for the Iowa 2019 Hunting/Fishing Licenses ...
12/04/2018

I just wanted to give everyone a heads up that there has been a fee increase for the Iowa 2019 Hunting/Fishing Licenses and tags. I have attached a flyer. The "2019" column reflects the new prices. I know we have many customers that come in to see us this time of year to buy Christmas gifts, so I hope this helps in your budgeting and planning. Please let us know if you have any questions.

Thank you!
Katie Carlton

11/12/2018

Reminder to all of our ATV, ORV, and Snowmobile owners. We are still renewing registrations thru December 31st without penalty. Stop in and we can help with the renewal or answer any questions you may have. Feel free to give us a call with questions too! 641-782-1725. We are closed today but will reopen tomorrow morning for normal business hours.

11/12/2018

The Recorder’s Office will be closed today, November 12th, to observe Veteran’s Day. 🇺🇸

09/18/2018

Just a heads up!

The Union County Recorder's Office will be closed over the lunch hour tomorrow, September 19th, 2018 to attend a short meeting.

Thank you for understanding.

Katie Carlton

09/14/2018

Attention: ATV/ORV/Snowmobile Owners!!!

We are currently renewing ATV's, ORV's and Snowmobiles through 2019. We sent out renewal notices earlier this week so you should be getting them soon. If not, just stop on up to the Recorder's office or give us a call and we would be happy to answer any questions and/or let you know the cost for the renewal of your vehicles.

If you get a renewal notice and no longer own the vehicle, please call and let us know so we can update the information in our system.

Thanks!
Katie Carlton
641-782-1725

08/15/2018

August 15th- Deer Tags are now available at the Union County Recorder's Office.

Please read the notice from the City of Creston below!
07/31/2018

Please read the notice from the City of Creston below!

The 300 block of North Pine Street, in front of the Union County Court House and the Union County Law Enforcement Center, will be closed for street work on Wednesday and Thursday, August 1st and 2nd. This closure may extend into Friday, August 3rd.

There will be no parking allowed in the 300 block of N Pine Street while the road work is being done.

07/30/2018

FYI:

It sounds like Pine Street will be closed on Wednesday and Thursday this week (August 1st & 2nd) to resurface the street. I don't know many details, I just know it will be out on the east side of the courthouse near the main doors. For those of you planning on coming to the courthouse, keep in mind that you may have to park elsewhere. Thank you! Katie

06/28/2018

UPDATE:
We are back up and running. 🙂

The Union County Courthouse is currently without phones and internet. The Recorder’s Office is unable to issue vital records and also cannot process Boat or ATV transactions. At this time we CAN record real estate documents. Thank you for your patience as we wait for these services to get back up and running.

05/22/2018

The phones and internet are working at the courthouse now 🙂

05/22/2018

Our internet is back up and running but as of right now, still no phones. We should be able to process all transactions at this time. Thank you for your patience!

05/22/2018

We have no internet connection or phones at the courthouse this morning. Mediacom is experiencing some issues. The Recorders office can still record documents but at this time cannot print most certified vitals, no boats or ATV registrations, no hunting or fishing licenses. We will update you as soon as the internet is back up and running. Currently, Mediacom does not have an estimate of when a connection will be restored. Thank you for our patience.

Join the courthouse in celebrating Paul Boden's retirement!
04/10/2018

Join the courthouse in celebrating Paul Boden's retirement!

For those who are asking about upcoming Hunter Education classes, here is a link for you! If you scroll halfway down you...
02/22/2018
Hunt Iowa | Hunter Education

For those who are asking about upcoming Hunter Education classes, here is a link for you!

If you scroll halfway down you can see and click a blue button that says "Hunter Education - Register Now." Once the page displays, you are able to click "View Upcoming Events."

You are able to search for courses and/or field days in Iowa.
It is required that participants sign up online prior to attending classes. There is typically an instructor listed in the information as well as a location. Remember to read specific details about the class in case there are items you need to bring or materials that need to be completed before attending the class.

http://www.iowadnr.gov/Hunting/Hunter-Education

Hope this helps everyone looking to get a class in this spring/summer!

Katie Carlton
Union County Recorder

By providing hunter education to the public, the DNR will help ensure the safety of hunters throughout our state by continuing to promote ethics and fair chase, hunter responsibility and landowner relations. The safety, recruitment, and retention of hunters are important in continuing the tradition....

The Union County Recorder's Office will be closing at 3:30 on Tuesday, February 6th to attend the funeral services for J...
02/05/2018
Jean Richardson Obituary - Creston, Iowa - Powers Funeral Home

The Union County Recorder's Office will be closing at 3:30 on Tuesday, February 6th to attend the funeral services for Jean Richardson. Jean was the Union County Recorder from 1971-1994. Our deepest sympathies go out to her family & close friends.

http://hosting-26050.tributes.com/obituary/show/Jean-Richardson-105794392

Obituary, funeral and service information for Jean Richardson from Creston, Iowa. Funeral services by Powers Funeral Home.

12/20/2017

Recorder's Office Holiday Schedule.
Friday December 22nd- Open 8:30 am - 4:30 pm
Monday, December 25th & Tuesday, December 26th - CLOSED
Back open Wednesday, December 27th at 8:30 am.
Closed New Years Day.

Also, one last reminder that all ATV, ORV, & Snowmobile registration renewals are due or postmarked by December 31st to avoid a $5 late penalty.

We hope you all have a very happy holiday season with family and friends. 2017 has been filled with so much change and continued growth and we can't wait to see what 2018 brings. Thank you to everyone for all of your kindness & support. We appreciate you.

Katie, Lindsay & Judy

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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