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. 

Call 319-462-2477

with questions.


ATV/UTV Ordinance

Effective December 6, 2018


 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.





Effective immediately

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

have arrived.


$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 Land Records


Iowa Public Health Website:

Iowa Dept. of Public Health

Iowa DNR Website:



Downloadable Forms:


Declaration of Value 

Declaration of Value Instructions 

Groundwater Hazard Instructions


Groundwater Hazard Form

Groundwater Hazard Attachment

Transfer Tax Schedule

Trade Name Form

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.


Soldier Discharge Record Application

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

Email to:


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.

We are also closed designated holidays.


Genealogy Hours:

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


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