News & Updates

Board Applications

The Winnebago County Board of Supervisors is taking applications for various county board and commission appointments for the following year.


OHV Renewals

Starting Sept. 1, 2016 through December 31, 2016 you can renew your Snowmobile and/or OHV (Off Hwy Vehicles) at the County Recorder’s office.  They expire December 31st!  Penalty attaches January 1, 2017.


Treasurer’s Office Closed Oct 6th

The Treasurer’s Office, which includes Driver’s License, Motor Vehicle and the Tax Departments, will be closed Oct 6th and will re-open on Friday Oct 7, 2016.

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kristin colby

Kristin Colby
(641) 585-2094
Office Hours
8:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday


The primary responsibilities of our office:

Lands and Records Management
-Assignments, Releases
-Federal and State Tax Liens
-Financial Statements
-Articles of Incorporation
-Bill of Sale
-28E and Drainage Agreements
-Trade Names
-Plats and Surveys
-Military Service Records

Vital Records
-Marriage Licenses
-Birth Certificates
-Death Certificates
-Marriage Certificates
-Certification of Vital Records

Applications for certified copy of Vital Record
Application for Copy of Birth Certificate
Application for Copy of Death Certificate
Application for Copy of Marriage Certificate
Please mail application to:
Winnebago County Recorder, 126 S Clark St, Forest City, IA 50436

Licenses and Registrations
-Boat Registrations, Titles, and Liens
-Snowmobile Registrations, Titles, and Liens
-ATV & Off-Road Registrations, Titles, and Liens
-Hunting Licenses
-Fishing licenses
-Wild Turkey & Deer applications
-Fur Harvester Licenses
-Habitat, Duck, Trout stamps
-Landowner/Tenant tags

-A registered passport agent is available 8:00 – 11:00 AM and Noon – 4:30 PM  daily to assist in completing and mailing applications for passports.

Other Responsibilities
-Collect Real estate transfer tax on conveyances of property
-Perform federal and state tax lien searches and research of current records for the public
-Collect and report auditor’s fee on transfer of property
-Certify recorder’s records
-Make records available for genealogy research
-File detailed reports to the county and to state agencies, monthly and annually
Iowa Land Records website: