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The State Recorder's Office is part of the Department of Natural Resources and administers the statewide recording system. It consists of 34 separate recording districts serviced by a total of 5 separate offices located throughout Alaska.
The district recorder in Anchorage is responsible for recording and maintaining property records in the district of Anchorage, which includes not only the municipality of Anchorage, but areas in the south of Matanuska-Susitna Borough and in the northern part of Kenai Peninsula Borough.
District boundaries do not always correspond to those of the boroughs. A list of communities in each district is available on the website of the Alaska Department of Natural Resources.
Make checks payable to Department of Natural Resources.
For recording all documents: first page* or fraction thereof : $20.00
Each additional page or fraction thereof (same instrument): $5.00
For indexing each name or claim name over six: $2.00
Non-standard document fee: $50.00
For recording plats or surveys:
First sheet: $20.00
Each additional sheet same plat (affidavits, tax status, etc. submitted with initial filing of plat-no charge): $5.00
Certification fee, per document: $5.00
For conforming a copy of any recorded instrument at time of recording**: $2.00
For copying any document by photocopy process:
First page or fraction thereof: $1.25
Each additional page or fraction thereof (same instrument): $0.25
Copy of plats, full scale on paper, each sheet: $3.00
Copy of plats, full scale on mylar, each sheet: $10.00
*Reference to "page" means one side of sheet; double sided sheets are two pages.
**At the time of recording, a conformed copy is $2.00. Any copy made after that time will be charged $1.25 for the first page and $0.25 for each additional page of same document.
* A document submitted for recording must have a title that reflects its overall intent. For titles that contain multiple functions, the document is indexed under the first title only, unless the submitter wants it to be recorded for multiple purposes.
* A 2-inch margin should be on the top of the first page. A 1-inch margin should be used on all remaining sides, and on all subsequent pages. Taping, gluing, or stapling one page onto a bigger page is not an acceptable way to meet margin requirements.
* The text of the document must be of consistent clarity. Documents should be submitted on opaque white paper, no larger than 8.5x14. Font size should be no smaller than 10-point font.
* The interested parties, as well as a legal description of the property should be clearly identified on the document. All required indexing information must be written in English. The legal description should be complete enough that the real property can be easily located and identified. At minimum, it should contain the section, township, range, and meridian designation, or in the case of subdivided property, the lot, block, subdivision name, or plat number of the parcel.
* A document must indicate the district for which it is to be recorded. To find your district, go to the District Listing section on the Alaska Department of Natural Resources webpage.
* The 'Return To' information on the document must contain the name and complete mailing address of the person to whom the document will be returned after recording. If the return address information is given in a cover letter, the letter can be recorded with the document, and will thus be treated as public record. The return address information should not be given in the margin of the document.
* Documents must contain original signatures, unless the document is an authorized copy.
* Deeds must contain a complete mailing address of the people who are granting or acquiring an interest.
* If a document amends, corrects, modifies, or releases a previously recorded document, the current document must contain the book and page number or serial number of the prior recording.