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.


O’Brien County Community Planning Survey

By Auditor | July 31, 2019

O’Brien County’s Community Leaders are requesting that you fill out this short survey to assist them in making future decisions for the County’s comprehensive land use plan.  The last Comprehensive Plan was completed almost 50 years ago. The survey can be accessed by clicking the link below.  Thank you for you time in completing the Read More »

O’Brien County Property Search – New!

By Auditor | July 6, 2018

Property Search

Increase in Acceptance Facility Fee for Passports

By Auditor | March 30, 2018

Beginning Monday, April 2, 2018 the acceptance facility fee for new passport applications will be $35.00.  All other application fees remain the same.


By Recorder | February 28, 2017

Off-Highway Vehicle Ordinance

Ordinance regulating the operations of Off-Highway vehicles is adopted

By Auditor | February 22, 2017

The O’Brien County Board of Supervisors adopted County Ordinance No. 25, an Ordinance regulating the operations of off-highway vehicles in the county.  The ordinance will be effective April 1, 2017.  The full ordinance is on the web page.

Welcome to our website

By Obrien County | December 9, 2016

We are happy see you on our website.  We hope you will find that it is filled with useful links and information for O’Brien County.

Did you know this about passports?

By Auditor | June 29, 2016

Many international travelers may not realize that having an unexpired passport is sometimes not enough to enter certain foreign countries. U.S. citizens traveling on passports that expire in fewer than six months have increasingly been denied airline boarding or been detained upon arrival in certain foreign destinations. Check your passport if you are thinking of Read More »


By Recorder | June 29, 2016

Please visit for your boating & off-highway vehicles home study packets.  They are listed under things to do.

Apps for Veterans

By Veteran's Affairs | May 26, 2016

Web, mobile technology helps Mental Health Services beneficiaries assess, improve mental health…see this link for more

O’Brien County Recorder
Register of Vital Records

155 S Hayes Ave.
PO Box 340
Primghar, IA 51245Phone: (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, Deputy Recorder