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Critical documents of a legal nature - considered permanent public records - are recorded the Recorders Office
These records are often the legal basis for determining ownership of real property.
The documents, sometimes called instruments, that are recorded include, but are not limited to:
- Military Discharges
- Subdivision Plats
- Powers of Attorney
- Miscellaneous Documents
Instruments are recorded either for giving legal public notice of their existence or for safekeeping and future reference.
The Recorder verifies that each instrument to be recorded meets the legal requirements for recording, then scans and indexes the document into a computer system, and microfilms the document for archival purposes.
Click on link at bottom of page for Recorder Fee Schedule
Click on link at bottom of page for Assumed Business Name form
Document Recording Requirements
Legibility: Documents must be clear and unobstructed and be capable of being scanned and reproduced.
Names must be printed or typed under each signature exactly as signed, including notary.
Notary Acknowledgement: All documents must be properly acknowledged. Requires notary county of residence and commission expiration.
Preparation Clause: Document must list individual name of the preparer of the instrument.
House Enrolled Act
On July 1, 2006, the House Enrolled Act 1114 concerning social redaction took effect.
A document may not be submitted to the County Recorder for recording or filing if it contains a social security number unless the number is required to be on the document by law.
An individual preparing or reviewing a document for recording or filing shall affirm, under the penalties of purjury, that the individual has:
- Reviewed the entire document before submitting for recording or filing for the purpose of identifying and, to the extent permitted by law, redacted all Social Security numbers; and
- Any document that is executed or acknowledged (i.e. notarized) in the state of Indiana, and that by law must have a Prepared By statement, including a persons name, must contain the following statement after the point of prepared by at the conclusion of the document "I affirm, under the penalties for purjury, that I have taken reasonable care to redact each Social Security number in this document, unless required by law (name)."
The name in the affirmation statement can be typed, hand printed, or signed (printed underneath) and does not have to be the same person whose name appears in the prepared by statement.
Please note: Beginning July 2001, all financing statements involving personal property are to be filled at the Indiana Secretary of State. Only fixture filings are filed with the Recorders Office.
The Recorder's Office conducts searches on names presented to them by a financial institution, company, or individual as part of a Uniform Commercial Code search request.
Computer terminals are available at the Recorders Office for individuals to conduct document searches.
When requested, the Recorder retrieves copies of documents and prepares and furnishes official copies of any record or instrument when required by law or ordered by the court, or requested by any parties. If requested, the recorder certifies that it is a true and correct copy of the documents in the records of the office.
The charge for copies of recorded documents are as follows:
- $1.00 per page
- $2.00 per page for copies larger than 8 1/2 " X 14"
- $5.00 for certified copy
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