The Recorder's Office was created by the First Legislative Assembly of the Territory of Iowa in 1839. The Recorder continues to maintain official records of documents affecting title to real estate. A significant portion of duties performed by the other county officials are dependent on the work performed by the County Recorder. In addition, we issue hunting and fishing licenses annually, register boats, snowmobiles, and ATVs. Birth, Death, and Marrigage records are maintained in the Recorder's Office, issuing Marriage Licenses, and Certified copies of Vital Records. As a service to the public, we take Passport pictures at a cost of $10.00.
Real Estate Documents
Our indexing information and images from July 1, 1993 through the previous business day are available at the lowa Land Records website. Click here, Iowa Land Records, to access.
If you have not used the Iowa Land Records website, you will need to create a user name and password for access. Instructions can be found at the portal.
Please call the office if you need copies of documents not available at the portal. Our phone number is 319-462-2477.
Effective July 1, 2019, vital records fees decreased to $15. Please visit the Vitals page for more information.
A new Declaration of Value form became effective July 1, 2016. The new form is available at the link to the right.
Boat registrations expired 4/30/2019.
Please bring your driver's license
with you for renewal.
Off-Highway Vehicle registrations
expired 12/31/2019. Please bring your driver's license with
you for renewal.
The Jones County Recorder no longer accepts Passport Applications. However, we still take passport photos.
The fee is $10.
There is a new Groundwater Hazard form effective July 18, 2012.
All documents submitted for recording must contain notary stamps or seals which are dark, legible and reproducible. If we cannot read the required notary information, we will decline the document.
2019 Plat books
$27 in the office
$31 by mail
Iowa Department of Public Health News Release regarding Certificate Exchange
Newborn birth certificates issued from May 1993 to October 2009 after the birth of a child in Iowa as a wallet sized card may be exchanged for a standard sized certificate. Please read the News Release for more information or call the Jones County Recorder at 319-462-2477. We may be able to process your exchange in our office.
Recorder's Statewide Website:
Iowa Public Health Website:
Iowa DNR Website:
This is a 2 page document to be printed single sided on letter sized paper in order to comply with current Iowa Document Formatting Standards.
Please include copy of photo ID if ordering by mail.
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Sheri L. Jones
Jones County Recorder
Took Office 8/19/2015
Julie Althoff, Deputy
Cindy La Rue, Clerk
500 W. Main St. Rm 116
Anamosa, Iowa 52205
Office is open:
Monday thru Friday
8:00 AM - 4:30 PM.
Processing Times for
Real Estate, Vitals & DNR transactions:
Monday thru Friday
8:00 AM - 4:00 PM.
On the last day of the month we will close the day's work at 3:00 PM, and at the end of the fiscal year (June) books close at 2:30 PM. The doors will be closed for fiscal year end balancing. We are also closed designated holidays.
8:30 AM to 4:00 PM
Monday thru Friday
Holiday Closure Schedule
New Year's Day 2019.........Wednesday, January 1, 2020
President's Day...................Monday, February 17, 2020
Memorial Day.....................Monday, May 25, 2020
Independence Day.............Friday, July 3, 2020
Labor Day............................Monday, September 7, 2020
Veteran's Day......................Wednesday, November 11, 2020
Thanksgiving Holiday.......Thursday, November 26, 2020
.......Friday, November 27, 2020
Christmas Holiday.............Thursday, December 24, 2020
...........Friday, December 25, 2020
New Year's Day...................Friday, January 1, 2021
Payment Methods Accepted in the Jones County Recorder's Office:
Cash (U.S. Currency Only)
Credit Cards (Convenience fee applies)
Debit Cards (Convenience fee applies)
Checks, Money Orders or Cashier's Checks possessing an American Bank Association (ABA) routing number