Frequently Asked Questions
Articles of Incorporation that were recorded before October 2005 can be found in the Jasper County Historical Index within the Recorder's eSearch. Any Articles of Incorporation that were recorded in October 2005 or after can be obtained from the Secretary of State.
No, abstracts are not filed in our office.
A Century Farm is officially recognized as a farm that has been continuously owned by a single family for 100 years or more.
No, there is no requirement to register at this time. For more information please review the Officiant Pamphlet.
No, divorce records are kept in the Clerk of District Court.
Yes, the license is valid in any county in the state of Iowa.
Our office does not have a Notary Public.
Yes. As of July 1, 2022, the Jasper County Genealogical Society's library is now closed for the mornings. It will re-open in mid-August at 315 W. 3rd St. N. Suite 400. Hours are Thursdays and Fridays 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. and 1 to 3 p.m. There is a charge of $12.50 for research, that includes the cost of copies and postage. For any other questions, please call 641-792-1522.
Please see a list of documentation that is acceptable for notarization.
Des Moines Genealogical Society: 515-276-0287
State Historical Society of Iowa: 515-281-6200
Iowa Department of Cultural Affairs, Library Archives Bureau & State Historical Museum
600 E. Locust St.
Des Moines, Iowa 50319
No, boat trailers are licensed in the Jasper County Treasurer's Office.
Yes, the registration must be signed on the back by the current owner. (Owner's name on front of registration.)
Yes, you will be required to have a habitat stamp until you reach the age of 65.
No, you can only get a duplicate for boats in the county where the boat is registered/titled.
Yes, a paddle boat must be registered if it is going to be used on public water at any length.
You can use your boat in Iowa for 60 non-consecutive days if your boat is registered in another state. If your boat is not registered in your home state, you must register in Iowa before using your boat on public water.
No, if the boat has a HIN or registration number the DNR can search to see if the last owner can be located so they can be notified. If there is no registration number, all unidentified or unclaimed abandoned boats should be reported to the county sheriff or police department.
No, you must have the original in your possession. If you are operating a sailboat or canoe without a motor or a commercial vessel, you are not required to have the registration in the boat.
No, inflatable canoes and kayaks are only registered if they over 13 ft in length.
No, if your boat was purchased out of state and it is titled, you only need a bill of sale and the title signed by the last registered owner.
Yes, your boat will only need to be registered if it is being used on public water.
It isn’t required but it is generally a good idea to get boat insurance.
No, applications for these tax credits are available in the Jasper County Assessor's office.
No, passports and passport information can be obtained at the Newton Post Office. Their number is 641-792-4730.
No, tradename forms are only for a person or co-partnership conducting a business. Corporation and LLC information can be obtained from the Secretary of State.
A certified copy has a raised seal on it and states that the copy is a true and correct reproduction of the original record. An non-certified copy (plain paper copy) does not have a seal and doesn't indicate authenticity. Plain paper copies will also be stamped with "Not for legal purposes".
Please see the list of Identity Documents for Notarization for a full list of documentation that is acceptable for notarization.