Frequently Asked Questions
How much are copies in your office?
Copies are $1 per page. If a document needs to be certified, the charge is $5 to certify plus $1 per page.
How can I get a legal description of my property?
The most accurate legal description will be from your deed. We will be happy to print just the legal description from your deed. The cost would be $1 for that page.
What are the legal requirements for a document to be recorded?
A document must have a notary seal, the person's name that prepared the document, and the affirmation statement.
How are the fees charged by the recorder's office determined and set? How are recording requirements determined?
The recorder’s office is a state constitutional office and as such, fees charged by the recorder’s office are established under IC 36-2-7. Recording requirements are set by IC 36-2-11.
How can I obtain a copy of my deed?
The deed to your home or property is a public record available in the recorder’s office. To obtain a copy of your deed, you will need to provide the owner’s name and the approximate date of purchase. This office cannot locate properties by parcel numbers or by address. The cost is $1 per page. Most deeds are two pages.
Does the recorder's office provide blank forms?
The only forms we have in the office are Certification of Assumed Business Name forms.
What types of payment does the recorder's office accept?
The recorder's office currently accepts payments for recording and copies by cash, check, cashier’s check, or money order. Credit cards are accepted with a processing fee.
Why won't the recorder's office perform searches?
For liability reasons, our office does not provide search services nor give out recording information over the phone. Customers may search the general index themselves for recorded documents. Our records are available to the public, except records of military discharges, during office hours. If you cannot come into the office, you may send a representative or contact a title company for assistance.
Can I search online for recordings in your office?
Documents can be searched online at www.landrecords.net
How do I add or delete a name on my deed?
Consult an attorney to make certain you are executing a deed or instrument which transfers the property rights and interests you wish to transfer.
In order to record a properly prepared deed or conveyance, it must first have been submitted to the Jackson County assessor’s office and the Jackson County auditor’s office. The assessor’s office will require a sales disclosure form to be filed prior to recording.
Where can I find birth and death certificates?
Birth and death certificates are found in the Jackson County Health Department located at 801 West Second Street in Seymour. Please call the Health Department at (812) 522-6474.
Where do I get a marriage license?
Marriage license are obtained in the Jackson County clerk’s office. Jackson County Clerk's Office
I received a solicitation by mail offering to sell me a copy of the deed to my home. Is this the only way I can obtain this record?
The deed to your home or property is a public record available in the Recorder's Office. In many cases, it costs $2 or less to obtain a copy of your deed from the Recorder's Office. To obtain a copy of your deed, you will need to provide the owner's name, the property's legal description and an approximate date of purchase.
I paid off my mortgage. When do I receive my deed in the mail?
When you pay off a mortgage, either through refinancing or paying off your home, the bank records a document called a “Release of Mortgage”, reflecting that milestone.
Many homeowners contact our office asking for a copy of their deed upon paying off their mortgage when the release of mortgage is the document they actually need. Most property owners probably already have a copy of their deed. In the vast majority of cases, the banks direct that the original release of mortgage be returned to the financial institution. Only in a small percentage of cases do banks direct that the document proving that the mortgage has been satisfied be returned to the person who paid it off. In any case, you can obtain a copy of your release of mortgage from the Jackson County Recorder’s Office. Documents are maintained by the Recorder’s office as permanent records, and copies are available for $1 per page. Most mortgage release are one page in length.