Welcome to Howard County, Iowa

Howard County Iowa - Recorder


Duties & Responsibilities

Recorder's Duties


The Office of the Iowa County Recorder was created by the First Legislative Assembly of the Territory of IA in 1839. Since the creation of the County Recorder's office, numerous additional responsibilities have been added over the years.

Land and Records Management
Licensing Agent for the Iowa
County Registrar of Vital Records
Passport photos
The following Departments work with the County Recorder
The Howard County Recorder’s Office Does Not:

Birth Certificate Exchange Offered for Small Certificates Issued from 1993 - 2009

The Iowa Department of Public Health Bureau of Health Statistics is taking steps to exchange any newborn birth certificate issued from May 1993 to October 2009, where the birth certificate is a small wallet- size card.

The newborn birth certificate wallet cards issued during this time period did not contain enough vital record information to be used for identification purposes, essentially making them less valuable for the purpose they are intended to be used for. Department of Public Health News Release 

Howard County Recorder's Contact

Howard County Courthouse
137 North Elm Street
Cresco IA 52136

Monday - Friday 8:00am - 4:30pm

Phone number: (563) 547-9210
Fax Number: 

County Recorder: Cherri L. Caffrey
Deputy Recorder: Roxann Vokaty
PT Clerk: Lori Balik