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The only way to apply for a copy of a marriage certificate is to appear in person at the Lucas State Office building in Des Moines between 7 a.m. and 4:45 p.m.

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If you are in the Des Moines area, you may apply for a copy of a marriage, death, birth or fetal death certificate in person at the Lucas State Office building in Des Moines weekdays between 7 a.m. and 4:45 p.m.

You may also make requests via phone by calling toll-free at 1-866-809-0290 or by mail. The Iowa Department of Public Health Bureau of Health Statistics registers approximately 100,000 events and issues about 85,000 certified copies annually. Official registration of births, deaths and marriages began in Iowa on July 1, 1880.

Click here for more information about Iowa's Health Statistics and how to obtain a copy of a vital records certificate.

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