Iowa Wedding Laws

How to Perform a Wedding in Iowa

Marriages may be performed by a person ordained or designated as a leader of the person's religious faith. Being a minister authorized to perform a marriage, you may charge a reasonable fee for each marriage performed and make return in an amount agreed to by the parties.

How to Become an Ordained Minister in Iowa

Iowa allows ordained ministers from all religious organizations, including non-religious organizations. All ministers must be able to establish that they have been authorized by their respective organization to solemnize a marriage. Universal Life Church Monastery ministers who are ordained online meet these requirements.

How to Perform a Wedding Ceremony in Iowa

After you become ordained. Check out our three-step guide to conducting a wedding. After the marriage has been performed, the officiating minister shall attest to the marriage on the blank provided for that purpose and return the certificate of marriage within 15 days to the county where the marriage license was issued.

Marriage Paperwork Required in Iowa

Once you are a minister must be either licensed or have Ordination Credentials of the gospel to be able to perform marriages. After you are ordained to perform a marriage, you will be officiating the marriage performed and returning any required documents to the county of the wedding location.

Iowa Marriage Laws

 

595.10 Who may solemnize. Marriages may be solemnized by:

1. A judge of the supreme court, court of appeals, or district court, including a district associate judge, associate juvenile judge, or a judicial magistrate, and including a senior judge as defined in section 602.9202, subsection 3.

2. A person ordained or designated as a leader of the person's religious faith.

Gay Marriage and Same Sex Wedding Laws:

This state currently has legal same-sex marriage by Court Decision.

The Monastery Ordination Credential

To perform a marriage in Iowa you need to be ordained and may be required to provide proof of ordination such as an ordination credential, wallet credential, or a letter of good standing from the church.

Read the full Law on the official site »

Iowa Wedding Laws by County

Adair County

400 Public Square
Ste. 6
Greenfield , Iowa
50849,

Phone: (641) 743-2445
Fax: (641) 743-2411
E-mail: adairrec@iowatelecom.net

Adams County

500 9th St.
P.O. Box 28
Corning , Iowa
50841,
Phone: (641) 322-4711
Fmx: (641) 322-3744
E-mail: adamsrecorder@frontiernet.net
Adams County website »

Allamakee County

110 Allamakee Street
Waukon , Iowa
52172,

Phone: (563) 568-2364
Fmx: (563) 568-6419
E-mail: dwinke@co.allamakee.ia.us
Allamakee County website »

Appanoose County

201 North 12th Street
PO Box 400
Centerville , Iowa
52544,
Phone: (641) 856-6101
Fax: (641) 856-8023
E-mail: twalker@appanoosecounty.net
Appanoose County website »

Audubon County

318 Leroy Street
#7
Audubon , Iowa
50025,

Phone: (712) 563-2119
Fax: (712) 563-4677
E-mail: acro@iowatelecom.net
Audubon County website »

Benton County

111 E 4th Street
PO Box 719
Vinton , Iowa
52349,

Phone: (319) 472-3309
Fmx: (319) 472-3647
E-mail: bcrecorder@co.benton.ia.us
Benton County website »

Black Hawk County

316 East 5th Street
Room 208
Waterloo , Iowa
50703,
Phone: (319) 833-3012
Fax: (319) 833-3170
E-mail: jmccarthy@co.black-hawk.ia.us
Black Hawk County website »

Boone County

201 State Street
Boone, Iowa
50036,

Phone: (515) 433-0514
Fax: (515) 433-4972
E-mail: recorder@co.boone.ia.us
Boone County website »

Bremer County

415 E Bremer Avenue
Waverly , Iowa
50677,

Phone: (319) 352-0401
Fax: (319) 352-0518
E-mail: dellison@co.bremer.ia.us
Bremer County website »

Buchanan County

210 - 5th Ave NE
Independence , Iowa
50644,
Phone: (319) 334-4259
Fax: (319) 334-7453
E-mail: recorder@co.buchanan.ia.us
Buchanan County website »

Buena Vista County

PO Box 454
Storm Lake, Iowa
50588,

Phone: (712) 749-2539
Fmx: (712) 749-2539
E-mail: recorder@co.buena-vista.ia.us
Buena Vista County website »

Butler County

428 Sixth Street
P.O. Box 346
Allison , Iowa
50602,

Phone: (319) 267-2735
Fax: (319) 267-2675
Butler County website »

Calhoun County

416 Fourth St
Suite 3
Rockwell City, Iowa
50579,
Phone: (712) 297-8121
Fax: (712) 297-5000
E-mail: kbennett@calhouncountyiowa.com
Calhoun County website »

Carroll County

114 East Sixth Street
P.O. Box 782
Ste. 5
Carroll, Iowa
51401,
 
Phone: (712) 792-3328
Fmx: (712) 792-9493
E-mail: ccrecorder@co.carroll.ia.us
Carroll County website »

Cass County

Five West Seventh Street
Atlantic , Iowa
50022,
Phone: (712) 243-1692
Fmx: (712) 243-6660
E-mail: jjensen@casscoia.us
Cass County website »

Cedar County

400 Cedar St
Suite 202
Tipton , Iowa
52772,

Phone: (563) 886-2230
Fmx: (563) 886-2120
E-mail: char@cedarcounty.org
Cedar County website »

Cerro Gordo County

220 North Washington
Mason City , Iowa
50401,

Phone: (641) 421-3056
Fmx: (641) 421-3154
E-mail: records@co.cerro-gordo.ia.us
Cerro Gordo County website »

Cherokee County

520 West Main Street
Drawer G
Cherokee , Iowa
51012,
Phone: (712) 225-6735
Fax: (712) 225-6754
E-mail: djcoombs@co.cherokee.ia.us
Cherokee County website »

Chickasaw County

8 East Prospect
PO Box 1468
New Hampton, Iowa
50659,

Phone: (641) 394-2336
Fax: (641) 394-2816
E-mail: ccrecorder@hotmail.com
Chickasaw County website »

Clarke County

100 S. Main
Osceola , Iowa
50213,
 
Phone: (641) 342-3313
Fax: (641) 342-3313
E-mail: clarkerecorder1@iowatelecom.net
Clarke County website »

Clay County

300 West Fourth Street
Suite 3
Spencer , Iowa
51301,
 
Phone: (712) 262-1081
Fax: (712) 264-3983
E-mail: sgoyette@co.clay.ia.us
Clay County website »

Clayton County

111 High Street NE
PO Box 418
Elkader , Iowa
52043,

Phone: (563) 245-2204
Fmx: (563) 245-1175
E-mail: linny.emrich@iowacourts.gov
Clayton County website »

Clinton County

1900 North Third Street
Clinton , Iowa
52733,
Phone: (563) 244-0565
Fmx: (563) 242-8412
E-mail: smangan@clintoncounty-ia.gov
Clinton County website »

Crawford County

1202 Broadway
Denison , Iowa
51442,

Phone: (712) 263-3643
Fax: (712) 263-3413
E-mail: dmeeves@crawfordcounty.org
Crawford County website »

Dallas County

801 Court Street
Room 203
Adel , Iowa
50003,
 
Phone: (515) 993-5804
Fmx: (515) 993-5970
E-mail: Lori.belgarde@co.dallas.ia.us
Dallas County website »

Davis County

100 Courthouse Square
Suite 7
Bloomfield , Iowa
52537,

Phone: (641) 664-2321
Fmx: (641) 664-3082
E-mail: daviscorec@netins.net
Davis County website »

Decatur County

207 North Main Street
Leon , Iowa
50144,
Phone: (641) 446-4322
Fax: (641) 446-7159
E-mail: dec-rec@grm.net

Delaware County

301 E Main Street
PO Box 157
Manchester , Iowa
52057,
 
Phone: (563) 927-4665
Fax: (563) 927-3641
E-mail: dpeyton@co.delaware.ia.us
Delaware County website »

Des Moines County

513 North Main St
Burlington , Iowa
52601,
 
Phone: (319) 753-8221
Fmx: (319) 753-8721
E-mail: waterhousek@co.des-moines.ia.us
Des Moines County website »

Dickinson County

1802 Hill Ave
Suite 1500
Spirit Lake, Iowa
51360,
 
Phone: (712) 336-1495
Fax: (712) 336-2677
E-mail: jbortscheller@co.dickinson.ia.us
Dickinson County website »

Dubuque County

720 Central Avenue
Dubuque , Iowa
52001,
Phone: (563) 589-4434
Fmx: (563) 589-4484
E-mail: kathyrec@dbqco.org
Dubuque County website »

Emmet County

609 First Avenue North
Estherville , Iowa
51334,

Phone: 712-362-3325
Emmet County website »

Fayette County

114 North Vine St
PO Box 226
West Union, Iowa
52175,

Phone: (563) 422-3687
Fax: (563) 422-3739
E-mail: kford@co.fayette.ia.us
Fayette County website »

Floyd County

101 South Main Street
Suite #306
Charles City, Iowa
50616,
Phone: (641) 257-6154
Fmx: (641) 228-6458
E-mail: droberts@floydcoia.org
Floyd County website »

Franklin County

12 First Avenue NW
PO Box 26
Hampton , Iowa
50441,
 
Phone: (641) 456-5675
Fmx: (641) 456-6009
E-mail: twilkinson@co.franklin.ia.us
Franklin County website »

Fremont County

506 Filmore Street
PO Box 549
Sidney , Iowa
51652,

Phone: (712) 374-2232
Fmx: (712) 374-2826
E-mail: recorder@co.fremont.ia.us
Fremont County website »

Greene County

114 North Chestnut
Jefferson , Iowa
50129,
 
Phone: (515) 386-5670
Fmx: (515) 386-5274
E-mail: recorder@co.greene.ia.us
Greene County website »

Grundy County

706 G Ave
Grundy Center, Iowa
50638,

Phone: (319) 824-3234
Fax: (319) 824-0000
E-mail: recorder@gccourthouse.org
Grundy County website »

Guthrie County

200 North Fifth Street
Guthrie Center, Iowa
50115,
 
Phone: (641) 747-3412
Fax: (641) 747-3081
E-mail: guthrierecorder@netins.net
Guthrie County website »

Hamilton County

2300 Superior Street
PO Box 126
Webster City, Iowa
50595,

Phone: (515) 832-9535
Fax: (515) 832-8620
E-mail: recorder@hamiltoncounty.org
Hamilton County website »

Hancock County

855 State Street
Garner , Iowa
50438,
 
Phone: (641) 923-2464
Fmx: (641) 923-3912
E-mail: hanrecjb@hancockcountyia.org
Hancock County website »

Hardin County

1215 Edgington Ave.
P.O. Box 443
Suite 4
Eldora , Iowa
50627,
Phone: (641) 939-8178
Fax: (641) 939-8245
E-mail: bnuss@co.hardin.ia.us
Hardin County website »

Harrison County

111 N. 2nd Avenue
Logan , Iowa
51546,
Phone: (712) 644-2545
Fmx: (712) 644-3157
E-mail: lthomp@harrisoncountyia.org
Harrison County website »

Henry County

100 E Washington
P.O. Box 106
Suite 201
Mt Pleasant , Iowa
52641,

Phone: (319) 385-0765
Fmx: (319) 385-3601
E-mail: swandling@henrycountyiowa.us
Henry County website »

Howard County

137 North Elm Street
Cresco , Iowa
52136,

Phone: (563) 547-3621
Fax: (563) 547-1103
E-mail: ccaffrey@co.howard.ia.us
Howard County website »

Humboldt County

203 Main Street
PO Box 100
Dakota City , Iowa
50529,
 
Phone: (515) 332-3693
Fmx: (515) 332-3694
E-mail: lfort@humboldtcountyia.org
Humboldt County website »

Ida County

401 Moorehead Street
Ida Grove, Iowa
51445,

Phone: (712) 364-2220
Fax: (712) 364-2746
E-mail: idacoaud@pionet.net
Ida County website »

Iowa County

901 Court Avenue
PO Box 185
Marengo , Iowa
52301,
Phone: (319) 642-3622
Fmx: (319) 642-5562
E-mail: recorder48@co.iowa.ia.us
Iowa County website »

Jackson County

201 West Platt Street
Maquoketa , Iowa
52060,
Phone: (563) 652-2504
Fax: (563) 652-6460
E-mail: aschauf@co.jackson.ia.us
Jackson County website »

Jasper County

101 First Street North
Room 205
Newton , Iowa
50208,

Phone: (641) 792-5442
Fax: (641) 791-3680
E-mail: recorder@co.jasper.ia.us
Jasper County website »

Jefferson County

51 West Briggs
PO Box 984
Fairfield, Iowa
52556,
 
Phone: (641) 472-4331
Fax: (641) 472-5094
E-mail: jeffcorecorder@iowatelecom.net
Jefferson County website »

Johnson County

913 S Dubuque St
Iowa City, Iowa
52240,
Phone: (319) 356-6093
Fax: (319) 339-6181
E-mail: kpainter@co.johnson.ia.us
Johnson County website »

Jones County

500 West Main Street
Rm 116
Anamosa, Iowa
52205,
 
Phone: (319) 462-2477
Fmx: (319) 462-5802
E-mail: recorder@co.jones.ia.us
Jones County website »

Keokuk County

101 South Main Street
Sigourney , Iowa
52591,
 
Phone: (641) 622-2540
Fmx: (641) 622-3789
E-mail: recorder@keokukcountyia.com
Keokuk County website »

Kossuth County

114 West State Street
Algona, Iowa
50511,
Phone: (515) 295-5660
Fmx: (515) 395-3660
E-mail: recorder@co.kossuth.ia.us
Kossuth County website »

Lee County

933 Ave. H
PO Box 322
Ft. Madison, Iowa
52627,
Phone: (319) 372-4662
Fmx: (319) 372-7033
E-mail: nbooten@leecounty.org
Lee County website »

Linn County

930 1st Street SW
Cedar Rapids, Iowa
52404,
 
Phone: (319) 892-5420
Fax: (319) 892-5459
E-mail: recorder@linncounty.org
Linn County website »

Louisa County

117 South Main
PO Box 264
Wapello, Iowa
52653,

Phone: (319) 523-5361
Fmx: (319) 523-5364
E-mail: recorder58@louisacomm.net
Louisa County website »

Lucas County

916 Braden Avenue
Chariton, Iowa
50049,
 
Phone: (641) 774-2413
Fax: (641) 774-1619
E-mail: whitet@lucasco.org

Lyon County

206 South Second Street
Rock Rapids , Iowa
51246,

Phone: (712) 472-2381
Fax: (712) 472-8523
E-mail: ekruse@co.lyon.ia.us
Lyon County website »

Madison County

112 N John Wayne Drive
Winterset, Iowa
50273,
 
Phone: (515) 462-3771
Fmx: (515) 462-5006
E-mail: lsmith@i-rule.net
Madison County website »

Mahaska County

106 South 1st Street
Oskaloosa, Iowa
52577,

Phone: (641) 673-8187
Fmx: (641) 673-8979
E-mail: recorder@mahaskacounty.org
Mahaska County website »

Marion County

214 E. Main Street
Ste 8
Knoxville, Iowa
50138,
 
Phone: (641) 828-2211
Fax: (641) 828-3538
E-mail: kschwanebeck@co.marion.ia.us
Marion County website »

Marshall County

1 East Main Street
Marshalltown, Iowa
50158,
Phone: (641) 754-6355
Fax: (641) 754-6349
E-mail: recorder@co.marshall.ia.us
Marshall County website »

Mills County

418 Sharp Street
Glenwood, Iowa
51534,
 
Phone: (712) 527-9315
Fax: (712) 527-1507
E-mail: vickimc@millscoia.us
Mills County website »

Mitchell County

508 State Street
Osage , Iowa
50461,

Phone: (641) 732-5861
Fax: (641) 732-5218
E-mail: pskuster@mitchellcoia.us
Mitchell County website »

Monona County

610 Iowa Avenue
PO Box 53
Onawa, Iowa
51040,

Phone: (712) 433-2575
Fax: (712) 423-3034
E-mail: mocotlh@longlines.com

Monroe County

10 Benton Avenue East
Albia, Iowa
52531,
 
Phone: (641) 932-5164
Fmx: (641) 932-5905
E-mail: tcasady@monroecoia.us
Monroe County website »

Montgomery County

105 Coolbaugh Street
PO Box 469
Red Oak, Iowa
51566,

Phone: (712) 623-4363
Fax: (712) 623-8915
E-mail: recorder@montgomerycountyiowa.com
Montgomery County website »

Muscatine County

401 East Third Street
Ste 103
Muscatine, Iowa
52761,
Phone: (563) 263-7741
Fax: (563) 263-7248
E-mail: recorder@co.muscatine.ia.us
Muscatine County website »

O'Brien County

155 South Hayes Avenue
PO Box 340
Primghar, Iowa
51245,
 
Phone: (712) 957-3045
Fmx: (712) 957-3046
E-mail: obrecord@tcaexpress.net

Osceola County

300 Seventh Street
Sibley, Iowa
51249,
Phone: (712) 754-3345
Fmx: (712) 754-3743
E-mail: akuehl@osceolacoia.org
Osceola County website »

Page County

112 East Main St
Clarinda, Iowa
51632,

Phone: (712) 542-3130
Fmx: (712) 542-3636
E-mail: besaias@co.page.ia.us
Page County website »

Palo Alto County

1010 Broadway
P.O. Box 248
Emmetsburg, Iowa
50536,
 
Phone: (712) 852-3701
Fax: (712) 852-3704
E-mail: bwhitney@co.palo-alto.ia.us

Plymouth County

215 Fourth Avenue SE
LeMars , Iowa
51031,

Phone: (712) 546-4020
Fax: (712) 546-7304
E-mail: recorder@co.plymouth.ia.us
Plymouth County website »

Pocahontas County

99 Court Square
Suite 5
Pocahontas, Iowa
50574,

Phone: (712) 335-4404
Fax: (712) 335-4502
E-mail: recorderboy@evertek.net
Pocahontas County website »

Polk County

111 Court Avenue
Suite 250
Des Moines, Iowa
50309,
Phone: (515) 286-3160
Fmx: (515) 323-5393
E-mail: julie.haggerty@polkcountyiowa.gov
Polk County website »

Pottawattamie County

227 S. 6th Street
PO Box 476
Council Bluffs, Iowa
51502,
Phone: (712) 328-5612
Fax: (712) 328-4738
E-mail: john.clris@pottcounty.com
Pottawattamie County website »

Poweshiek County

302 East Main Street
PO Box 656
Montezuma, Iowa
50171,

Phone: (641) 623-5434
Fmx: (641) 623-2928
E-mail: bevmalloy@poweshiekcounty.org
Poweshiek County website »

Ringgold County

109 West Madison
Ste. 204
Mount Ayr, Iowa
50854,

Phone: (641) 464-3231
Fmx: (641) 464-2568
E-mail: kschaef@iowtelecom.net
Ringgold County website »

Sac County

100 Northwest State Street
Sac City, Iowa
50583,
Phone: (712) 662-7789
Fmx: (712) 662-6298
E-mail: recorder@saccounty.org
Sac County website »

Scott County

600 West Fourth Street
Davenport, Iowa
52801,
 
Phone: (563) 326-8621
Fax: (563) 328-3225
E-mail: rvargas@scottcountyiowa.com
Scott County website »

Shelby County

612 Court Street
PO Box 67
Room 201
Harlan, Iowa
51537,
Phone: (712) 755-5640
Fmx: (712) 755-7556
E-mail: lfahn@shco.org
Shelby County website »

Sioux County

210 Central Avenue SW
PO Box 48
Orange City , Iowa
51041,
Phone: (712) 737-2229
Fmx: (712) 737-2230
E-mail: anitavb@siouxcounty.org
Sioux County website »

Story County

900 6th Street
P.O. Box 55
Nevada, Iowa
50201,
 
Phone: (515) 382-7231
Fax: (515) 382-7239
E-mail: svandekamp@storycounty.com
Story County website »

Tama County

104 W. State Street
PO Box 82
Toledo , Iowa
52342,
 
Phone: (641) 484-3320
Fax: (641) 484-8246
E-mail: dkupka@tamacounty.org
Tama County website »

Taylor County

405 Jefferson Street
Bedford , Iowa
50833,
Phone: (712) 523-2275
Fax: (712) 523-2274
E-mail: taylorrec@frontiernet.net

Union County

300 North Pine
Suite 5
Creston , Iowa
50801,

Phone: (641) 782-1725
Fax: (641) 782-1709
E-mail: uncorec@iowatelecom.net
Union County website »

Van Buren County

406 Dodge
PO Box 455
Keosauqua, Iowa
52565,
 
Phone: (319) 293-3240
Fax: (319) 293-6327
E-mail: ggraber@vbcoia.org
Van Buren County website »

Wapello County

101 West Fourth Street
Ottumwa, Iowa
52501,
Phone: (641) 683-0046
Fmx: (641) 683-0001
E-mail: waprecorder@pcsia.net

Warren County

301 N Buxton
Ste 109
Indianola, Iowa
50125,

Phone: (515) 961-1089
Fmx: (515) 961-1079
E-mail: pollyg@co.warren.ia.us
Warren County website »

Washington County

224 West Main
PO Box 889
Washington, Iowa
52353,
Phone: (319) 653-7727
Fax: (319) 653-7754
E-mail: cpence@co.washington.ia.us
Washington County website »

Wayne County

101 Franklin
PO Box 435
Corydon, Iowa
50060,
 
Phone: (641) 872-1676
Fax: (641) 872-2843
Wayne County website »

Webster County

701 Central Avenue
Fort Dodge, Iowa
50501,
 
Phone: (515) 576-2401
Fax: (515) 576-2401
E-mail: recorder@webstercountyia.org
Webster County website »

Winnebago County

126 South Clark St
Ste. 1
Forest City, Iowa
50436,

Phone: (641) 585-2094
Fmx: (641) 585-1094
E-mail: winnrec@wctatel.net
Winnebago County website »

Winneshiek County

201 West Main Street
Decorah, Iowa
52101,
Phone: (563) 382-3486
Fax: (563) 387-4083
E-mail: lbjergum@co.winneshiek.ia.us

Woodbury County

620 Douglas St
Room 106
Sioux City, Iowa
51101,
 
Phone: (712) 279-6528
Fmx: (712) 233-8946
E-mail: pgill@sioux-city.org
Woodbury County website »

Worth County

1000 Central Ave
Northwood , Iowa
50459,
Phone: (641) 324-2734
Fax: (641) 324-3682
E-mail: recorder@worthcounty.org
Worth County website »

Wright County

115 North Main Street
PO Box 187
Clarion , Iowa
50525,

Phone: (515) 532-3204
Fax: (515) 532-2669
E-mail: dreiland@co.wright.ia.us
Wright County website »