County Recorder Fees

County Recorder Predictable Fee Schedule


Documents subject to the Rental Housing Support Program State (RHSP) surcharges for the recordation of any real estate-related document include the following seven (7) classes:

1.  Deeds (Administrator, Corporate, Quit Claim, Trustee, Warranty, etc.) $81.00
All Deeds to be recorded MUST include the following:  
  • Statement of Exemption or Transfer Tax Declaration (Exemptions require a separate signature and date)
  • By whom the deed was prepared
  • To whom and where the future tax statements are to be sent
  • Notary seal, date, and signature
  • A complete legal description, which should include:
    1. A specific lot, block, and subdivision name
    2. A specific quarter section, section, township, and range
    3. The permanent index number of legal description on deeds with transfer tax
  • Complete return address
2.  Leases (Leases & Lease Releases, etc.) $81.00
3.  Mortgages (Mortgages, Trust Deeds, Releases, Assignments, etc.) $81.00
4.  Easements (Easements & Easement Releases, etc.) $81.00
5.  Non-Standard Documents $102.00
Any document presented that does not conform to the following standards, even if it may qualify for another document class, may be recorded this document class:  
  • The document shall consist of one or more individual sheets measuring 8.5 inches by 11 inches, not permanently bound and not a continuous form.  Graphic displays accompanying a document to be recorded that measure up to 11 inches by 17 inches shall be recorded without charging an additional fee.
  • The document shall be legibly printed in black ink, by hand, type or computer.  Signatures and dates may be in contrasting colors if they will reproduce clearly.
  • The document shall be on white paper of not less than 20 pound weight and shall have a clean margin of at least one-half inch on the top, the bottom and each side. Margins may be used for non-essential notations that will not affect the validity of the document, including but not limited to form number, page numbers and customer notations.
  • The first page of the document shall contain a blank space, measuring at least 3 inches by 5 inches, from the upper right hand corner.
  • The document shall not have any attachment stapled or otherwise affixed to any page.
  • The document makes specific reference to 5 or fewer tax parcels, units, property identification numbers, or document numbers.
6.  Miscellaneous
Documents not otherwise falling within classifications (1) through (5), or (7) and are not otherwise exempted documents, i.e. Real Estate Transfer of Death Instruments, Real Estate Transfer on Death Acceptances, & Lis Pendens notice and release.  
7.  Maps or Plats of additions, subdivisions, or otherwise $102.00
Exempted from the Rental Housing Support Program
Documents that do not affect interest in real property and documents recorded by units of government. Examples include, but are not limited to the following:  
  • Documents recorded by any Federal, State, or Local Governmental Entity (All Classes)
  • Re-recording of an Original Document (All Classes)
  • Public Utility Easements (Easements Class)
  • Affidavits that do not affect interest in real property (Miscellaneous Class)
  • Memorandum of Judgment and Release (Miscellaneous Class)
  • Ordinances (Miscellaneous Class)
  • Annexations & De-annexations (must include map) (Miscellaneous Class)
  • Articles of Incorporation and related documents (Miscellaneous Class)
  • Out of county Birth, Death, and Marriage Records (Miscellaneous Class)
  • Notice of Probate, Power of Attorney (Miscellaneous Class)
State Liens $11.00
Federal Tax Liens $33.00
Uniform Commercial Code $62.00

Military Discharge Record
Record (includes 1 certified copy) – NO CHARGE

All on-site records - $0.50 per side
All mailed records - $1.00 per side
All emailed records - $1.00 per side

For additional information, please contact the Jo Daviess County Recorder's Office located in Room 104 of the County Courthouse
at (815) 777-9694 or