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Yes, the license is valid in any county in the state of Iowa.
Our records are a matter of public record, therefore we are legally obligated to furnish the names of applicants to any one requesting it. However, you may apply in another county and avoid your name being published in a local news publication. Your record must list your actual age and state of birth, but we can substitute the word “legal” for publication purposes.
A leader of a religious institution or an Associate District or District Judge. For a list of Judges in Polk County, click here. The fees and availability for each Judge may vary. For more Officiant Information click here.
The application can be mailed to your fiancé and notarized locally. The waiting period of 3 business days begins once the application is complete and received in our office with the appropriate fee. Please include a daytime phone number with the return of your application and fee.
Yes, in fact, a marriage provides the opportunity to legally change your name. Because of this, it is important to complete the application correctly and in full. Do not use initials or nick names unless you wish them to become your legal name.
None. A marriage can take place at any time once a divorce is final. However, you may not apply for the marriage license until the divorce is final.
We are unable to provide any information concerning our records via telephone. We can search our records if you come into our office. We will need the bride or groom's name and an approximate date they may have applied.
If you applied for the license in Polk County, we may have your record. We can search our records if you come into the office. We will need an approximate date of marriage.
No. For more information contact the Polk County Clerk of Court at 515-286-3845.