Lookup Public Records in Clay CountyIowa. Including Vital Birth and Death Records, Deeds, Probate, Property Records, Mortgages, Liens, Judgments, Marriage Licenses, Voter Registrar, Payroll, Military Discharges.

Clay County, Iowa Overview

Clay County, Iowa has its county seat and largest community in Spencer. As of the 2010 census, the population was 16,667. Its name is in honor of Henry Clay, Jr., a colonel who died in action in the Mexican-American War, and son of Henry Clay, famous American statesman from Kentucky. Clay County holds the annual Clay County Fair. According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 573 square miles of which 567 square miles is land and 5.4 square miles is water. Clay County is also home to the large Barringer Slough wetland. Clay County is neighbored by Dickinson County, IA to the north, Palo Alto County, IA to the east, Buena Vista County, IA to the south, and O’Brien County, IA to the west. Fifteen zip codes are used in the county, the largest of which is 51301.

Clay County Clerk Information

Clay County Courthouse
300 W 4th Street
Spencer, IA 51301
Clerk of Court
215 West 4th Street
Spencer, IA 51301

Clay County Records

Pay fines online: https://www.iowacourts.gov/iowa-courts/district-court/judicial-district-3/district/3/county/clay

Clay county assessor: (position open)
Clay County Administration Building
300 W 4th St.
Spencer, Iowa 51301
(712) 262-1986

Real estate and assessment records:


County Recorder, Shirley Goyette
Clay County Administration Building
300 W 4th St Suite 3
Spencer IA 51301
(712) 262-1081

Vital records, military records, land records, recording and fee information:

Sandra S. Geidl, Clay county treasurer
Clay County Administration Building
300 W 4th St. Ste. 4
Spencer, Iowa 51301
(712) 262-2179

Property tax, vehicle registrations:

Pay taxes online:


Clay County Marriage License Office
In order to obtain a marriage license in Clay County, the applicants must apply together, in person, at the County Clerk’s office. Both parties must present their state-issued picture ID, military ID, or passport, and know their social security number
State Law:Marriage – Title XV, Chapter 595 and Premarital Agreements – Title XV, Chapter 596
All State Statutes: Information is online at the State Website
Office:Clay County Marriage License
Location:300 West 4th Street, Spencer, Iowa, 51301

Clay County Clerk’s Office
County Government Office

Address: 215 W 4th St #4, Spencer, IA 51301, United States
Phone: 712-262-4335

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