General Information


The Office of the County Recorder was created by the First Legislative Assembly of the Territory of Iowa in 1839.  The County Recorder continues to maintain official records of documents affecting real estate in order to protect innocent third parties in real estate transactions.


The County Recorder’s office is at the hub of the courthouse function to serve you.  The County Recorder’s Office also has many duties and services it provides to the public.



Lands & Records Management


The Harrison County Iowa recorder/registrar is responsible for recording your:


  • Deeds
  • Contracts
  • Mortgages
  • Assignments, Releases
  • Federal & State Tax Liens
  • Affidavits
  • Plats & Surveys
  • Section Corner Certificates
  • Military Services Records
  • Easements
  • Condemnations
  • Trade Names
  • Leases
  • 28E & Drainage Agreements
  • Bills of Sale
  • Articles of Incorporation
  • Financings Statements
  • …plus numerous other documents



Vital Records


The Harrison County Iowa recorder/registrar:


  • Issues Marriage Licenses
  •  Registers Birth, Death & Marriage Certificates
  • Certifies Vital Records



Military Records


The Harrison County Iowa recorder/registrar:

  • Provides certified copies of military records upon request.


Application for Military Records



License, Registrations & Applications


The Harrison County Iowa recorder/registrar is responsible for selling or issuing:


  • Issues Marriage Licenses
  • Boat Registrations/Titles/Liens
  • ATV Registrations
  • Snowmobile Registrations
  • Hunting and Fishing Licenses - Hunting & Trapping Regulations Page
  • Fur Harvester Licenses
  • Habitat, Duck, and Trout Stamps
  • Deer and Wild Turkey Applications
  • Landowner/Tenant Gun & Archery Permits





As agents, recorders/registrars assist in completing and mailing applications for passports.

Below are some sites you can visit to get more information about the U.S. Passport application process.




Other Responsibilities


The Harrison County Iowa  recorder/registrar also:


  • Collects real estate transfer tax on conveyances of property, a portion of which is retained Harrison County’s general fund.
  • Performs federal and state tax liens searches and research of current records for the public.
  • Collects and reports auditor’s fee on transfer of property.
  • Certifies recorder’s records.
  • Makes records available for genealogy research.
  • Files detailed reports monthly and annually to Harrison County and to state agencies.



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