About the Office of the County Recorder

The office of County Recorder was created by the first Legislative Assembly of the Territory of Iowa in 1839. The basic duty of the County Recorder was to maintain official records of documents affecting title to real estate in order to preserve property rights and protect innocent third parties in real estate transactions. Since 1839, County Recorders have acquired more responsibilities such as Registrar of Vital Records, issuer of recreational vehicle registrations and hunting and fishing licenses

The County Recorder's Office is at the hub of the courthouse function to serve you. A significant portion of duties performed by other county officials is dependent on the work performed by your County Recorder.


ATV/UTV/SNOWMOBILE registrations and Des Moines County user permits expire December 31st of each year. 

  • A $5.00 penalty is added to the renewal cost for an expired Iowa registration.  There is no grace period
  • Please visit the office with your registration to renew
  • Or mail current registration with renewal fee and $1.00 postage
  • Must bring proof of insurance for Des Moines County permit