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

  Cass County - Recorder

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:
provide legal services
prepare legal documents

The Cass County Recorderís office can now accept Visa and MasterCard payments.

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

Recorders Home Page

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
Vital Records Information
  Marriage Application
  Birth, Death and Marriage

Mary Ward, Cass County Recorder

County Recorder:
Mary Ward

Address of
Recorder's office:
Cass County Courthouse
5 West 7th Street
Atlantic, IA 50022

Hours Office is open:
Monday - Friday
8am - 4:30pm
Subject to Cass County Holidays

Phone Number:

FAX Number:

Employees in
Recorder's Office:
Marci Wallingford
Deputy Recorder

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

Recorder's Links:
Iowa State Association of Counties (ISAC)

Iowa Land Records

Other Related Links:
Iowa DNR

Iowa Secretary of State

State of Iowa Government

Iowa Legislature
General Assembly

Iowa Department of
Public Health

Genealogy Websites:
Iowa GenWeb

Roots Web

US GenWeb

Sunnyside Park, lion statue - Atlantic, Iowa

Cass County Courthouse

Nishnabotna River, looking south - Lewis, Iowa

Nishna Hills Golf Club - Atlantic, Iowa