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

Sue Speers

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

Fee Schedule


Land Recording:

$7.00 per 1st page then $5.00 for each additional page

Includes but not limited to:Mortgages, Corner Certs. Assignments, Releases, Foreclosures, Affidavits, Tax Liens, Easements


  • 1 page document - $7.00
  • 2 page document - $12.00
  • 3 page document - $17.00
  • 4 page document - $22.00 and so on


$7.00 per 1st page then $5.00 for each additional page

Multi-Purpose Land Recording:

$7.00 per 1st page, $5.00 per page thereafter


$5.00 per each additional transaction.
(i.e. Instruments that release multiple mortgages, assign, modifications, amendments)
1 page release referencing 2 mortgages -$12.00
1 page assignment referencing 2 mortgages -$12.00
2 page release referencing 2 mortgages -$17.00

Land Recording Conveyances

$7.00 per 1st page then $5.00 for each additional page

Including Changes of Title:

$5.00 Auditor fee per parcel:

including but not limited to: All deeds except cemetery Deeds, Affidavits of Surviving Spouse, Forfeitures of Contract, Assignments or Amendments of Contract & Contracts

1. All contiguous land lying within a numbered section.
2. All contiguous land lying within a platted block or subdivision
3. Auditor’s fee shall not exceed $50.00 per document Examples:

  • 1 page deed referencing 1 section or block -$12.00
  • 1 page deed referencing 2 sections or blocks - $17.00
  • 2 page deed referencing 1 section or block -$ 17.00
  • 2 page deed referencing 2 sections or blocks - $ 22.00

Real Estate Transfer Tax:

This shared state/county sales tax on real estate is due on all Conveyances in which consideration has been paid and is not Exempt from tax according to Iowa Code Section 428A.2

Uniform Commercial Code Fee:

All UCC filings: first page $7.00 Each additional page $5.00

Land Records Certified Copies:

$5.00 first page plus $1.00 for each additional page of the document.

Military Discharge Certified Copies:

No Charge

Vital Records Certified Copies:

$20.00 per copy. Only the following people are eligible for
Certified copies: the person of record, a spouse, mother, father (must be named on the record as legal father), stepparent if married to parent of record, legal age sister or brother, maternal or paternal grandparents, attorney, legal guardian, physician, funeral director, abstractor, insurance or legal agent.

Plain Paper Vital Record Copies:

$5.00 per copy given to in-person applicants only. Phone request prohibited according to the Department of Public Health Bureau Of Vital Records.

Marriage Application, License And Certificate of Marriage:

$35.00 at the time of application. The parties and one witness attesting to the party’s ages and ability to enter into a Civil contract must sign the application. All parties must have Valid photo ID’s. Iowa law requires a 3-day waiting period before License is valid. License is not proof of marriage. Certificate of Marriage is returned to the County Recorder where application is made within 15 days after marriage is solemnized. Certificate of Marriage is valid statewide.

Faxed & Email copies:

Faxed is $1.00 for the first page and $.50 for each additional page;  Emailed is $2.00 per document.

Mailed Copies:

$.50 per page

In office copy fees for land records:

$.50 per page

Email fees:

$2.00 per document.

Computer printouts:

Please check with the Recorder’s Office.