Recorder

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

Recorder:
Shari L. Willer O'Bannon

Deputy Recorder:
Jo Fitchett

Clerk:
Nancy Paulsen

Clerk:
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

Passports

Passports are required to travel outside of the USA. For more Information about passports come to the Recorder’s Office or visit the US Department of State’s Website

Applications for passports are available at the Recorder’s Office or the US Department of State’s Website. When filling out a passport application, please use BLACK INK and DO NOT SIGN until you are in front of a Passport Agent at the Recorders Office.

Requirements for a passport

  • Passport photos. You can get your  Passport photos at the Recorder’s Office, Walgreens or Hy-Vee.
  • Certified Birth Certificate or Naturalization Papers.
  • Photo ID (US issued, must NOT be expired) or Foreign Passport (must NOT be expired)
  • Passport application
  • Must be US citizen

Different passport options
A
passport card is available to people ONLY driving into Mexico or Canada (does NOT fulfill requirements for flying into Mexico or Canada, or driving into other countries)
A passport book is available and will cover travel to all countries no matter the means of transportation. The standard book is 28 pages but you can get a book with 52 pages for no additional cost for those who do excessive traveling.
If you require a passport in a hurry, your passport can be expedited; however there are additional fees $80.66 for a each book and $60.00 for each card, as well as $22.95 mailing fee for it to be sent expedited from here.

Passports for children
If the child is 0-15 years of age, both parents must be present to sign the passport application. The passport will be good for 5 years.
If the child is 16-17 years of age, they will sign themselves with only one parent.  The passport will be good for 10 years.

Passports for adults
You must sign the application in front of a Passport Agent. Passports are good for 10 years.

Passport pictures are $10.00 at the Recorder's Office.

Passport fees
The Buena Vista County Recorder’s office ONLY accepts personal checks or money orders.
You will be required to have 2 personal checks or money orders for each application.  (expediting requires 3 checks)

Adults (16 or older)
Book: Please make the checks or money orders payable to the following:

  1. United States Department of State $110.00
  2. Buena Vista County Recorder $ 25.00

Total $135.00

Card: Please make the checks or money orders payable to the following:

  1. United States Department of State $ 30.00
  2. Buena Vista County Recorder $ 25.00

Total $ 55.00

Children (15 or younger)
Book: Please make the checks or money orders payable to the following:

  1. United States Department of State $ 80.00
  2. Buena Vista County Recorder $ 25.00

Total $105.00

Card:Please make the checks or money orders payable to the following:

  1. United States Department of State $ 15.00
  2. Buena Vista County Recorder $ 25.00

Total $ 40.00