County Office Hours

M - F 8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

Drivers License Hours

M - F 8:00 a.m. - 4:15 p.m.

Public Health Services Hours

M - F 8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

Clerk of Court Hours

M W F 8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
T Th 8:00 a.m. - 2:30 p.m.
Buena Vista County, Iowa - Beautiful View

Contact Recorder

Shari L. Willer O'Bannon

Deputy Recorder:
Jo Fitchett

Cindy Rodrigo


Angel Lai

BV County Recorder
215 E. 5th
P.O. Box 454
Storm Lake, Iowa 50588

P: (712) 213-7430

F: (712) 749-2708

M-F: 8 am - 4:30 pm


In Iowa, the purpose for recording instruments which relate to real estate is for "constructive notice." The Office of Recorder was created by the First Legislative Assembly of the Territory of Iowa in 1839. In 1860, the law provided that "each organized county shall elect a judge of the county court, a prosecuting attorney, a clerk of the district, a recorder, a sheriff, a surveyor, a coroner and a supervisor of roads." It also provided that the recorder shall be treasurer of the county. The law required the recorder to "keep books for entering deeds" and a deed was not to be considered lawfully recorded unless previously acknowledged (notarized) or proved as provided by law.

Today, examples of documents that are recorded are: deeds, contracts, mortgages, assignments, releases, state and federal tax liens, affidavits, land surveys, subdivision plats, section corner certificates, condemnations, leases, trade names, bills of sale, financing statements, and military discharges. Recording fees are collected for all documents, except military discharges, and the money is paid into the county general fund quarterly.

Much has changed since that first recorder's office. Today, the recorder's office maintains real estate records, issues marriage certificates, boat, snowmobile, and ATV registrations, and processes passport applications. As passport agents, recorders assist in completing and mailing applications for passports. On July 1, 1997, recorders became registrars of vital records (births, deaths, and marriages).