Iowa birth certificate exchange offered for some wallet-size cards

Greene County recorder Marcia Tasler can help anyone who needs to exchange their wallet-size birth certificate.

The Iowa Department of Public Health, Bureau of Health Statistics, is taking steps to exchange any newborn birth certificate issued from May 1993 to October 2009, where the birth certificate is small wallet-sized card. The newborn birth certificate wallet cards issued during this time period did not contain enough vital record information to be used for identification purposes, essentially making them less valuable for the purpose they are intended to be used for.

The newborn birth certificate wallet cards were issued from May 1993 to October 2009, and after the birth of a child in Iowa. The birth certificate wallet card was printed as a perforated attachment to a larger document. The newborn birth certificate wallet card measures 2-5/8 inches by 4 inches. The entire document that parents received measures 3-1/2 inches by 8 inches.

The newborn birth cards may be exchanged by mail or in person with the Bureau of health Statistics, 321 E. 12th St, Lucas State Office Building, Des Moines, IA 50319. Applications are also available at

The exchange can also be done at the recorder’s office at the Greene County courthouse. Persons who want more information can call Tasler at 515-386-5670 or take their pink/blue card in for exchange.


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