Iowa Birth Certificate Exchange
The Iowa Department of Public Health Bureau of Health Statistics is taking steps to exchange any newborn birth certificate issued from May 1993 to October 2009, where the birth certificate is a small wallet-size card. The newborn birth certificate wallet cards issued during this time period did not contain enough vital record information to be used for identification purposes, essentially making them less useful for the purpose they are intended to be used for.
The newborn birth cards may be exchanged by mail or in person with the Bureau of Health Statistics, 321 E. 12th St., Lucas State Office Building, Des Moines, Iowa 50319.
The following steps must be taken to expedite the exchange of the newborn birth certificate wallet cards:
Download the Application for Certified Copy of Iowa Vital Record from http://www.idph.iowa.gov/health-statistics/request-record;
- Open Application for Copy of Birth Certificate link and print document;
- Complete the application, including notarized signature; The West Central Valley District Office will notarize the application for you at no charge.
- Return application, copy of driver’s license and original newborn birth certificate wallet card in person or by mail.