The Recorder’s Office primary responsibilities include the following:

  • Record and maintain documents affecting title to real estate
  • Record vital records (Birth, Death & Marriage) and issue certified copies
  • Issue Marriage Licenses
  • Register and title boats, snowmobiles and ATV’s/ORV’s
  • Issue various types of Hunting & Fishing Licenses

Mastercard, Visa, personal check and cash are acceptable forms of payment in the Recorder’s Office. A service delivery charge will be applied to all credit card transactions.

Questions about the services we provide are always welcome.



Sue Ruppert, Recorder, Jane Wentzel and Donna Wildeman

Contact Information

Palo Alto County Recorder
1010 Broadway, PO Box 248
Emmetsburg, IA 50536

Phone: 712-852-3701
Fax: 712-852-3704



8 a.m. - 4 p.m. Monday-Friday (closed holidays)

Susan Ruppert, Recorder

LaDonna Wildeman, Clerk

Jane Wentzel, Clerk