The Recorder's Office was created in 1839 by the First Legislative Assembly.
The Recorder continues to maintain official records of documents affecting title to real estate. Every real estate transaction that takes place begins in the Recorder’s Office, One of the major duties of the office is the management of public records. As a result, accuracy and preservation of records are a must in the Recorder’s Office. In addition to real estate transactions, the Recorder’s Office serves as a licensing agent for the Iowa department of natural resources issuing boat, snowmobile and ATV registrations, titles and liens. The Recorder’s Office serves as the Register of vital records accepting marriage applications and issues the subsequent license; issues certified copies of birth, death, and marriage records. As well as veteran’s discharge papers and other numerous duties.