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.
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 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.
Recording Information and Fees
Monroe County Recorder/Registrar charges the following amounts for services listed.
Copies: $15 per page Certified Copies: $5.00 certification fee, plus $15 per page copy fee Multi-document Real Estate Related Filing: (i.e. instruments that release or assign multiple mortgages, assign multiple leases, etc.) $7.00 for the 1st page + $5.00 for each additional page $7.00 for each additional transaction
$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 block