HOW DO I
A MARRIAGE LICENSE – The parties to wed & one witness may come into the County Recorder’s Office to apply. If you are unable to come into the office, call (641) 585-2094 or email [email protected] and we will mail out an application to you. The cost is $35.00 with a 3 day waiting period. If you need a 3-day waiver, there is an additional cost of $5.00 and must be signed by a judge. We accept cash, check, or credit card (requires a small fee).
A PASSPORT – The person filling out the application for a first time Passport must apply in person, or a child must be accompanied by their guardians unless a consent form is brought in.
Fill out the form and bring it in person to the Recorder’s Office located on the 2nd floor at 126 S Clark St. Forest City. Apply or Renew your Passport at http://www.travel.state.gov/passport/passport_1738.html
Additional information about Passport Services is available on the Recorder’s page.
A BUILDING PERMIT – Fill out the application and return it to the Zoning department at the Courthouse, 126 S Clark St. Forest City. Please visit our Zoning page for more information.
Please visit our Zoning page to download the zoning form.
A JOB – Check for open positions on our Employment page.
A FIREWORKS PERMIT – Fill out the Permit Application and return it to the Auditor’s Office located on the 2nd floor at 126 S Clark St.
ABSENTEE BALLOT – Fill out the form and return it to the Auditor’s Office located at 126 S Clark St. Forest City.
AUCTIONEER’S LICENSE – Fill out the form and return it to the Auditor’s office. The license must be signed by the Auditor.
CIGARETTE PERMIT – Fill out the form and return it to the Auditor’s Office. The permit must be put on the Agenda for the Board of Supervisors to approve.
CLAIM FORM – Fill out the claim form and return it to the Auditor’s Office
LIQUOR LICENSE – www.IowaABD.com
INFORMATION ON SHERIFF SALE – http://www.winncosheriff.org/
HUNTING & FISHING LICENSES – Stop in at the Recorder’s Office or call (641) 585-2094
CERTIFIED COPY OF A BIRTH, DEATH, OR MARRIAGE RECORD – More information
PROPERTY TAXES ONLINE – You can pay your property taxes online at
PAY CRIMINAL FINES ONLINE – You can pay your criminal fines online at
MY VEHICLE – To register your vehicle you will need to contact:
Motor Vehicle Division at (641) 585-2322 or email at [email protected].
You can also visit the Treasurer’s website at https://www.iowatreasurers.org.
BOAT, ATV, OFF-ROAD, or SNOWMOBILE – to register a new or used boat, we will need to have a bill of sale and a MSO, if it’s new. If it’s used we will need a bill of sale signed by the seller, registration, and a title signed over by the previous owner. (Boats under 17 feet do not need a title.) You can either send in your renewal by mail or come into the Recorder’s Office. For more information contact the Recorder’s Office at (641) 585-2094 or email at [email protected]
TO VOTE – Fill out the voter registration form and return it to the Auditor’s Office 126 S Clark St. Forest City, Ia 50436