The Office of the Iowa County Recorder was created by the First Legislative Assembly of the Territory of Iowa in 1839. Since the creation of the County Recorder's office, numerous additional responsibilities have been added over the years.
The County Recorder is responsible for land and records management, maintaining and recording a wide variety of official documents affecting real estate and numerous other valuable miscellaneous documents. The office collects real estate transfer tax for the Iowa Department of Revenue and collects and reports the County Auditor's fee on transfer of property.
The Recorder's office serves as a licensing agent for the Iowa Department of Natural Resources by issuing fishing and hunting licenses, and registering and titling boats, snowmobiles and ATV's.
As of July, 1997 the Recorder's office is the County Registrar of Vital Records and has the responsibility of issuing Marriage Licenses, registering Birth, Death and Marriage Certificates and issuing certified copies of Vital Records.
The Page County Recorder's office is a Passport Acceptance Agent assisting U.S. citizens with obtaining a U.S. Passport.
The Recorder's duties are defined by state statutes and established by state agencies through administrative actions. The County Recorder works with the Iowa Department of Natural Resources, Iowa Department of Revenue, Iowa Department of Public Health and the U.S. Department of State Federal Passport Agency. Detailed reports are filed monthly and annually to the county and to the state agencies.
The Page County Recorder’s Office is a passport acceptance agent for the US Department of State Federal Passport Agency. The friendly and knowledgeable staff at the Recorder’s office can assist U.S. citizens, who meet the passport application requirements, with obtaining a U.S. Passport Book or Passport Card.
Passport Photo Services are available in the Recorder’s office. The passport application is available in our office or may be accessed by clicking here.
Items needed to apply for a Passport Book or Passport Card:
1. Passport application – print legibly in black ink. DO NOT sign until the application is presented to the accepting agent.
2. One current passport photo that is less than 6 months old.
3. A certified copy of your birth certificate and/or previous passport. The birth certificate must be issued from the state or the county, NOT the hospital.
4. Driver’s license or other government issued photo ID.
5. Two checks for each application. Money orders are acceptable.
6. Each person applying for a passport must present themselves to the acceptance agent, including children.
7. Parental consent is needed for minor children:
If applicant is 16 or 17:
a. Applicant must appear in person, sign application and show driver’s license.
b. Parental consent is required by at least one parent appearing in person with their driver’s license.
If applicant is UNDER 16:
1. Applicant must appear in person.
2. Parental consent is required by BOTH parents appearing in person with their driver’s license. Ask for details if one of the parents is unable to appear in person.
Passport applications are accepted in the Page County, Iowa Recorder's Office Monday through Friday between the hours of 8:15 A.M. to 12:00 P.M. and 1:00 P.M. to 4:00 P.M. by appointment only.
Recording Information and Fees
Page County Recorder/Registrar charges the following amounts for services listed.
***Most documents are returned in 1-2 days.
Mail to and make checks payable to:
Page County Recorder 112 E Main Street Clarinda, IA 51632
Copies: $.50 per page
Certified Copies: $5.00 certification fee, plus $1.00 per page copy fee
RECORDING FEES (Effective from July 1, 2011)
$7.00 for 1st page, plus $5.00 for each additional page
Plats of survey: $7.00 for 1st page, plus $5.00 for each additional page
Documents that convey property: $7.00 for 1st page, plus $5.00 for each additional page, PLUS Auditor transfer fee of $5.00 for each township section or city addition