Iowa DNR Records Centers

Records Center staff strives to serve both the public and DNR staff by managing the Department's Records efficiently and with a high degree of integrity. The Iowa DNR maintains three Records Centers:  

1. Main Records Center at the Wallace State Office Building

502 East 9th Street, 5th floor

Des Moines, Iowa 50319


2. Air Quality Records Center at DNR Air Quality Office

7900 Hickman Road, Suite 1

Windsor Heights, Iowa 50324


3. Water Supply Records Center at Wallace State Office Building

502 East 9th Street, 2nd Floor

Des Moines, Iowa 50319



DNR Records Centers Hours: 8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday (except for state holidays) 

Public Records Requests
Please submit your request to or call 515-725-8480. 

Important Note: Please contact the main DNR phone center at 515-725-8200 for the following requests:

  1. Safety education duplicate certificate requests (includes: hunter, bow, fur harvester, boat, snowmobile, and ATV) 
  2. Boat, ATV, and Snowmobile registration requests

Payment for Requests

Payment for all copies must be made prior to receiving the copies. Cash, check, Vista, Mastercard, or Discover are accepted. 

Estimates required ahead of time are simply estimates made using the schedule of fees. Exact costs for a specific request are provided after the request is completed.

Schedule of Fees, Updated 10/2015

Did you know?

Scheduling an appointment with the Records Center to view documents is a time saver for you! Why should you schedule an appointment?

  1. No waiting! The records you want to view will be ready for you when you get here.
  2. Fast service! Records staff will reserve that time to work with you exclusively.
  3. Quick response to questions! DNR program staff will be notified of your appointment so they can be available to answer questions during that time. 

To make an appointment, e-mail or call 515-725-8480.

Iowa Open Records Law

According to Chapter 22 of the Iowa Code as well as Chapter 2 of the Iowa Administrative Code 561, it states that all government records are open to the public, except for a few specific exceptions.

Iowa Administrative Code 561
Natural Resources Department
Iowa Administrative Code 565
Energy & Geological Resources
Iowa Administrative Code 567
Environmental Protection Commission
Iowa Administrative Code 571
Natural Resource Commission
Iowa Administrative Code 575
Preserves, State Advisory Board