From left: Karen Ginger, Clerk; Julie Klaahsen, Deputy Recorder; and Susan Smith, O'Brien County Recorder

Welcome to the O’Brien County Recorder’s Office.  The Office works to provide accurate information for the public regarding real estate, Conservation, and vital/ military records.



Free Fishing Days 2019 – June 7-8-9

Annually the Iowa DNR hosts Free Fishing Days, for Iowa residents only, during the first Friday, Saturday and Sunday of June. All fishing regulations must be obeyed....
By Recorder | May 13, 2016 | Recorder


Please visit for your boating & off-highway vehicles home study packets.  They are listed under things to do....
By Recorder | June 29, 2016 | Recorder
By Recorder | February 28, 2017 | Recorder

Boat Renewals January 1, 2019 through April 30, 2019

Post cards went out January 2, 2019 for renewal of boats.  You can now renew your boat in the Recorder’s Office on the 2nd floor of the O’Brien County Courthouse or you can do by mail.  Questions call 712-957-3045.  ...
By Recorder | February 1, 2019 | Recorder

Office Information

O’Brien County Recorder
Register of Vital Records

155 S Hayes Ave.
PO Box 340
Primghar, IA 51245

Phone: (712) 957-3045
Fax: (712) 957-3046

8am-4:30pm, Monday-Friday
Closed weekends & holidays

Susan Smith, O'Brien County Recorder

Julie Klaahsen, Deputy Recorder

Karen Ginger, Clerk