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  • Welcome to the City of Des Moines

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  • Spotlight on Des Moines

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    The Iowa State Capitol is among the most beautiful state capitols in the country with its 275-foot, 23-karat gold leafed dome anchoring the east end of downtown Des Moines.

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  • East Village

    Historic East Village is an eclectic neighborhood of restored historic properties, beautiful streetscapes, and urban living at the foot of the State Capitol.

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  • World Food Prize

    Des Moines is home to the World Food Prize the foremost international award recognizing the achievements in advancing human development by improving the quality, quantity or availability of food in the world.

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Birth and Marriage Certificates
 
The City Clerk's Office is not responsible for birth and marriage licenses but we are happy to provide you with information on how to obtain these vital records.
 
Information on the requirements to obtain marriage license or get a copy of a marriage certificate is available by calling (515) 286-3160 or on the Polk County Recorder's website.
 
If you were born in Polk County birth certificates copies are available through the Polk County Recorder's Office. You can reach them by calling (515) 286-3160 or via their website.
 
If you're looking for marriage or birth certificates for genealogy purposes, the Polk County Recorder's Office has some helpful information.
 
If you were not born in Polk County but were born in Iowa, birth certificates copies are available through the State of Iowa Department of Public Health at (515) 281-4944 or via their website.
 
 
Death Certificates

 

To obtain a Death Certificate for insurance policies, estate settlement, or real estate transfers, contact the Polk County Recorder's Office at (515) 286-3160.
 
To obtain a raised seal certified copy of a death certificate you can write to the Recorder or go to the office. They will only have the record if the person died in Polk County or if they were a Polk County resident at the time of death. They do not have death records prior to July 1, 1941.
 
For records not available through the Polk County Recorder's Office, you should contact the State of Iowa Department of Public Health by calling (515) 281-4944 or via their website.
 
If you're looking for death certificates for genealogy purposes, the Polk County Recorder's Office has some helpful information on their website.