Polk County Birth Records

Search for Polk County IA birth records. A birth records search contains information on proof of identity, proof of citizenship, name of the baby, date and time of birth, parental information, applying for a Social Security number, passport applications, name changes, receiving governmental benefits, requesting a birth certificate, applying for a birth certificate, and conducting genealogical research.


The Polk County Clerk is responsible for maintaining important documents for a county or local area, including vital documents like Polk County birth records. These birth records include birth certificates that list the baby's name, date of birth, time of birth, and the location, as well as personal information about the parents. An Iowa birth certificate acts as legal proof of birth and citizenship, and it may be required to apply for an IA driver's license or passport, receive a Social Security number, or apply for government services. Other birth records include demographic records on birth, which are useful for researchers, as well as records on birth that can be used for Polk County genealogical research. Birth records can be requested online at the Clerk Office website.

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


Polk County Town and City Halls keep documents and records related to their municipality, including vital documents like Polk County birth records. Birth certificates, for example, list the baby's name, date of birth, time of birth, and the location, and they also provide personal information about the parents. These Polk County public records act as legal proof of birth and citizenship, and they may be required to apply for government services, receive a Social Security number, or apply for a driver's license or passport in Polk County Iowa. Town and City Halls may also maintain other Polk County birth records, such as demographic records for the entire municipality, which may be useful for researchers, and historical birth records that can be used for genealogical research. The Town or City Hall may provide online request forms for birth certificates on its website.

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


Polk County Hospitals provide a variety of medical services to patients of all ages, including labor and delivery services. When a baby is born at a Hospital in Polk County Iowa, it creates birth records for the birth. These can include ceremonial Polk County birth certificates which list the baby's name, date of birth, weight and length, and the Hospital's name, as well as information about the parents. These ceremonial birth certificates cannot act as legal proof of identity in Iowa, but they may be a valuable source of information on an individual's birth. Hospitals also maintain demographic information on babies born at their facility, which may be accessible to researchers.

Blank Children's Hospital Des Moines IA 1200 Pleasant Street 50309 515-241-5437

Broadlawns Medical Center Des Moines IA 1801 Hickman Road 50314 515-282-2200

Iowa Lutheran Hospital Des Moines IA 700 East University Avenue 50316 515-263-5612

Iowa Methodist Medical Center Des Moines IA 1200 Pleasant Street 50309 515-241-6212

Mercy Medical Center Des Moines IA 1111 6th Avenue 50314 515-247-3121

Mercy Medical Center - West Lakes West Des Moines IA 1755 59th Place 50266 515-358-8000


Polk County Archives preserve documents of historic significance, sometimes as part of a larger library collection or a private collection. Local jurisdictions may also maintain their own Archives to store documents related to the area, which can include Polk County birth records. These records may date back many decades or even centuries, making them valuable resources for genealogical research in Polk County Iowa. Birth records may include the name of the baby, the date and time of birth, the location of birth, and the identity of the parents. Archives may provide online access to some of their birth 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


The Polk County Health Department is responsible for monitoring public health, and it may operate at the Iowa, Polk County, or local level. In some areas, Health Departments are also responsible for maintaining Polk County vital records, including documents related to birth such as birth certificates. These Polk County public records, which act as legal proof of birth and citizenship, list the baby's name, date of birth, time of birth, and the location, as well as personal information about the parents. Birth certificates may be required to apply for an Iowa State driver's license or passport, receive a Social Security number, or apply for government services, and they can also be useful for Polk County genealogical research. Health Departments may provide online access to their birth records.

Iowa Health Department Des Moines IA 321 East 12th Street 50319 515-281-5787