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Listed below are options for obtaining a copy of a diploma or transcript.
HSED or GED
The Iowa Department of Education does not process duplicate High School Equivalency Diploma (HSED) or General Educational Development (GED) and/or transcript requests. All requests are processed through DiplomaSender.com. No state agency or community college program can assist with these requests. Official copies of the diplomas and transcripts must be obtained from DiplomaSender.com.
Use the following directions to obtain official copies of diplomas and transcripts through DiplomaSender.com. The online ordering service makes getting a copy of your documents easy.
- Visit DiplomaSender.com
- Complete the online order form using a credit, debit, cashier’s check or money order for the $20 payment
- Check the appropriate delivery method to receive your document(s) via email, FedEx or United States Postal Service
DiplomaSender.com is a safe website that can be accessed from public computers with Internet connections, often available at local public libraries. If you cannot access the internet to order online or have additional issues related to your order, contact Diploma Sender toll free at 1-855-313-5799. Additional charges may apply.
As required by Iowa Administrative Code 281-12.3, schools will issue transcripts, but are not required to issue diplomas because they are considered ceremonial documents.
Transcripts from a PK-12 school that is still open
Transcript requests must be made to the school district that you attended.
Transcripts from a PK-12 school that is permanently closed
For schools that have been dissolved, see District Name Changes and look for the * to see where student records are housed.
Other Iowa School Programs
The other school programs are specially accredited college preparatory schools, Board of Regents schools, departments of corrections and human services schools, and Indian Grant schools.
Transcripts from other school programs that are still open
Transcript requests must be made to the other school program in which you attended.
Transcripts from other school programs that are permanently closed
Contact the area education agency (AEA) in the area where the other school program was located. Find your AEA by selecting the county where the school program was located.
Transcript requests must be made to the community college in which you attended.
Colleges and Universities
Open Colleges and Universities
Transcript requests must be made to the registrar at the college or university that you attended.
Closed Colleges and Universities
See Iowa College Aid’s webpage for obtaining student records for closed institutions in Iowa.