Information from the Cedar County, Iowa Recorders office including Military Service records, Real Estate information, Hunting and Fishing Licenses, Vital Records and Passports.


  Cedar County, Iowa - Recorder

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The Office of the County Recorder was created by the First Legislative Assembly of the Territory of Iowa in 1839. Your County Recorder maintains 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. A significant portion of the duties performed by other county officials is dependent on the work performed by your County Recorder.

Iowa's County Recorders are proud of their tradition and looking forward to the future.

Records all instruments which maybe filed for records consisting principally of deeds, contracts, leases, easements, plats & surveys, mortgages, mortgage releases & assignments, affidavits, federal & state tax liens, military service records, trade names and agreements in addition to numerous other documents
Sells hunting, fishing & fur harvester licenses as well as deer & wild turkey licenses, also habitat, migratory birds & trout fees
Registers/titles boats, snowmobiles & ATVs (Additional information can be found on the Iowa DNR website.)
Registers birth, death & marriage certificates
Issues certified copies
Reports quarterly to Board of Supervisors all fees collected, paying same to County Treasurer
Issues real estate transfer stamps
Acceptance agent for passport service

Click on the links below for more specific information about the other Recorders services.

Genealogy Information

Military Service Records Information

Real Estate Information
Land Records and Iowa Land Record Website
Recording Information and Fees
Document Formatting Standards
Iowa Real Estate Transfer Tax Calculator

License Registration Information
Fishing and Hunting
ATV, ORV and Snowmobiles

Vital Records Information
Marriage Application
Birth, Death and Marriage

Passport Information and Application
    (Cannot use credit card for U.S. Dept of State, Expedite and Express Mail payment)

Visa & MasterCard are now accepted in our office.

MasterCard and Visa are now accepted in our office. Debit cards with MasterCard or Visa Card logo are processed as credit cards. A non-refundable Service Delivery Fee will be applied to your total.

Address of
Recorder's office:
Cedar County Courthouse
400 Cedar Street Suite 105
Tipton, IA 52772

Hours Office is open:
8:00 A.M. - 4:00 P.M.

Phone Number:
(563) 886-2230

FAX Number:
(563) 886-2120

Office holder name:
Melissa Bahnsen

Employees in
Recorder's Office:

Jodi Galloway, Deputy

Jennifer Boedeker, Clerk

Recorder's Forms:
Downloadable forms
used in the Recorder's office

Recorder's Links:
Iowa Land Records

Other Related Links:
Iowa DNR

Iowa Secretary of State
U.S. Passport Agency

State of Iowa Government

Iowa Legislature
General Assembly

Iowa Department of
Public Health

Genealogy Websites
Iowa GenWeb

Roots Web

US GenWeb

Cedar County Iowa Courthouse located in Tipton, Iowa

Herbert Hoover Library and Museum located in West Branch, Iowa

Cedar Valley Park Located 7 miles southwest of Tipton, Iowa is a combination of 228 acres of river bottomland and upland forest.

Snowmobiling in Cedar County, Iowa