Duties & Services

The Recorder’s Office issues numerous types of licenses, registrations and titles. They also handle vital records (birth, death, and marriage records), and issues marriage licenses and passport applications. Recording fees collected for the county provide a form of property tax relief.

Land & Records Management

  • 28E and drainage agreements
  • Affidavits
  • Articles of incorporation
  • Assignments and releases
  • Bills of sale
  • Condemnations
  • Contracts
  • Deeds
  • Easements
  • Federal and state tax liens
  • Financing statements
  • Leases
  • Military service records
  • Mortgages
  • Plats and surveys
  • Section corner certificates
  • Trade names

Licenses, Registrations & Applications

  • ATV registrations
  • Boat registrations, titles and liens
  • Deer and wild turkey applications
  • Fur harvester licenses
  • Habitat, duck and trout stamps
  • Landowner / tenant gun and archery permits
  • Hunting and fishing licenses
  • Snowmobile registrations, titles and liens

Vital Records

  • Certify vital records
  • Issue marriage licenses
  • Passports
  • Register birth, death and marriage certificates

Additional Responsibilities

  • Certify Recorder's records
  • Collect real estate transfer tax on conveyances of property (a portion is retained in your county's general fund)
  • Make records available for genealogy research
  • Perform federal and state tax lien searches and research of current records for the public
  • File detailed reports monthly and annually to the county and state agencies