Polk County Records

Search for Polk County IA county records. County records include birth certificates, death certificates, marriage records, marriage licenses, divorce records, property tax records, property ownership, historical records, genealogical research, property titles, property deeds, county maps, county taxes, county zones, school boundaries, and more.


Clerk Offices in Polk County Iowa are responsible for maintaining important records for a county or local area, including multiple types of Polk County records. These include vital records such as birth certificates, marriage records, divorce records, and death certificates, which can be useful for proving identity or for conducting genealogical research in Polk County. They may also keep documents related to Polk County property ownership and property taxes, including title deeds, tax assessments, property appraisals, and property sale records. The Polk County Clerk is one of the best places to find all types of county records, which may be available online.

Altoona City Clerk Altoona IA 407 8th Street Southeast 50009 515-967-5136

Des Moines City Clerk Des Moines IA 400 East 1st Street 50309 515-283-4141

Mitchellville City Clerk Mitchellville IA 204 Center Avenue North 50169 515-967-2935

Polk County Clerk Des Moines IA 500 Mulberry Street 50309 515-286-3772


Town and City Halls in Polk County Iowa are responsible for providing municipal services for their locality. As part of this job, they may store important county records, including Polk County vital records such as birth certificates, marriage license records, divorce records, and death certificates. These can be used as proof of identity, in applications for government services, or for performing genealogical research. The Town or City Hall in Polk County may also keep documents on property ownership, property taxes and tax assessments, and maps for their jurisdiction that include zones, property boundaries, and school boundaries. Town and City Halls often make county records available online.

Altoona City Hall Altoona IA 407 8th Street Southeast 50009 515-967-7866

Ankeny City Hall Ankeny IA 410 West 1st Street 50023 515-965-6469

Bondurant City Hall Bondurant IA 100 Lincoln Street Southeast 50035 515-967-2418

Clive City Hall Clive IA 1900 Northwest 114th Street 50325 515-223-6220

Des Moines City Hall Des Moines IA 400 Robert D. Ray Drive 50309 515-283-4209

Grimes City Hall Grimes IA 101 Northeast Harvey Street 50111 515-986-3036

Johnston City Hall Johnston IA 6221 Merle Hay Road 50131 515-278-2344

Pleasant Hill City Hall Pleasant Hill IA 5160 Maple Drive 50327 515-262-9368

Polk City City Hall Polk IA 112 South 3rd Street 50226 515-984-6233

Runnells City Hall Runnells IA 110 Brown Street 50237 515-966-2042

Sheldahl City Hall Sheldahl IA 803 2nd Street 50243 515-685-2814

Urbandale City Hall Urbandale IA 3600 86th St 50322 515-278-3900

West Des Moines City Hall West Des Moines IA 4200 Mills Civic Parkway 50265 515-222-3444

Windsor Heights City Hall Windsor Heights IA 1133 66th St 50324 515-279-3662


Historical Societies in Polk County Iowa are usually organized around a particular area, a group of people, or a historical event, and they preserve documents that have historic value. Polk County Historical Societies may maintain a range of documents on individuals from that area, including Polk County vital records such as birth and death certificates, marriage announcements, and other records that can help with Polk County genealogical research. They may also have photographs, historical maps, historical laws, and other records for their location and the people who lived there. Historical Societies may provide online access to their Polk County public records.

Ankeny Area Historical Society Ankeny IA 301 Southwest 3rd Street 50023 515-965-5795

Big Creek Historical Society Polk IA 112 South 3rd Street 50226 515-965-3828

Iowa State Historical Society Des Moines IA 600 East Locust Street 50319 515-281-5111

Johnston Station Historical Society Johnston IA 6161 Northglenn Drive 50131 515-331-0687

Polk County Iowa Historical Society Des Moines IA 317 Southwest 42nd Street 50312 515-255-6657

Urbandale Historical Society Urbandale IA 4010 70th Street 50322 515-270-2917

West Des Moines Historical Society West Des Moines IA 2001 Fuller Road 50265 515-225-1286


Archives in Polk County Iowa preserve historically significant documents, which can include a number of county records, such as historical birth certificates and death certificates, as well as marriage and divorce records which can be useful when performing Polk County genealogical research. Polk County Archives may also contain photographs, historical maps, personal documents, and other historical records about a specific location and the people who lived there. They may also hold historic newspapers that contain Polk County public records. Some Archives keep documents that date back to the seventeenth century, and they may provide online access to their records.

Des Moines Iowa State Archive Des Moines IA 600 East Locust Street 50319 515-281-3007

Des Moines Vital Records Archive Des Moines IA 321 East 12th Street 50319 515-281-4944

Iowa Land Records Archive Johnston IA 8711 Windsor Parkway 50131 515-331-2246


Treasurer and Tax Collector Offices in Polk County Iowa are responsible for collecting local taxes and disbursing the funds. This can include Polk County property taxes, business taxes, and other county or local taxes. Polk County Treasurer and Tax Collectors maintain a number of property-related county records, including Polk County property tax assessments, property appraisals, property ownership records, and any tax liens or foreclosures. They may also maintain Polk County public records on property transfers and sales, including titles and deeds, which list the former and current owners as well as information on the property itself. Treasurer and Tax Collector Offices may provide online access to their county records.

Des Moines Treasurer Des Moines IA 400 Robert D. Ray Drive 50309 515-283-4140

Polk County Treasurer's Office Des Moines IA 111 Court Avenue 50309 515-286-3030


Auditor Offices in Polk County Iowa are responsible for providing oversight for government agencies. As part of this job, Auditors evaluate the performance of government agencies and their compliance with laws, rules, and regulations, and they also investigate corruption and fraudulent activities. Polk County Auditors maintain a number of records related to their function, including audit reports, government evaluation reports, corruption reports, and fraud investigations. They often produce annual or semi-annual reports on a number of agencies within the county government. Auditor Offices typically make Polk County public records available on their website.

Iowa Auditor Des Moines IA Rm 104, 1007 E Grand Ave 50319 515-281-5834


Assessor Offices in Polk County Iowa determine the appraisal value of the taxable property within a county or local jurisdiction, which is used to assess the property taxes owed by Polk County residents. Polk County Assessors also keep a number of property-related documents, including records on property tax assessments, property appraisals, tax liens, foreclosures, and property tax payments. These Polk County public records include information about current and former owners of a property, the property's size and location, zones and use regulations, and transfers of the property ownership. Assessors may make county records available through their website.

Polk County Assessor's Office Des Moines IA 111 Court Avenue 50309 515-286-3158


Recorders of Deeds in Polk County Iowa keep a range of real estate ownership documents for a county or local government as part of their job to ensure the accuracy of property, land, and Polk County property tax records. The Polk County Recorder's Office has county records on property ownership, transfers of property including deeds and titles, and property tax records such as property appraisals, Polk County tax assessments, and tax liens or foreclosures. These documents contain information about the previous and current property owners, descriptions of the property, and Polk County property sales. Recorders of Deeds may provide online access to their county records.

Polk County Recorder of Deeds Des Moines IA 111 Court Avenue 50309 515-286-3160