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 ORV's. The DNR has implemented a new
statewide program to register boats, snowmobiles, and ORVís called RVVRS. Since
this is a statewide program it has made it easier for every county recorder to
see where units have previously been registered and has reduced the
possibilities of errors.
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.
On April 21, 2014 the Department of Public Health has implemented a new
electronic death record program called IVES. This is a statewide system that
allows any county recorder in Iowa to issue death records rather than having to
go to the county where the death occurred. The Department of Public Health is
currently working on the next phase of this program which will be to have a
statewide birth program.
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, and the Iowa Department of
Public Health. Detailed
reports are filed monthly and annually to the county and to the state agencies.
The Cass County Recorderís Office DOES NOT:
The Cass County Recorderís office can now
accept Visa and MasterCard payments.
Click on the links below for more specific information
about the Recorders services.
Recorders Home Page
Service Records Information
Real Estate Information
Land Records and
Iowa Land Record Website
Information and Fees
Real Estate Transfer Tax Calculator
License Registration Information
Vital Records Information
Birth, Death and Marriage
Cass County Courthouse
5 West 7th Street
Atlantic, IA 50022
Hours Office is open:
Monday - Friday
8am - 4:30pm
Subject to Cass County Holidays
used in the Recorder's office
Iowa State Association of Counties (ISAC)
Iowa Land Records
Other Related Links:
Iowa Secretary of State
State of Iowa Government
Iowa Department of