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De Soto County, Florida

Recorder Offices

Clerk of the Circuit Court - County Courthouse

115 East Oak St, Rm 101, Arcadia, Florida 34266

8:00 to 4:30 M-F

Phone: (863) 993-4876

Register of Deeds

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Florida - De Soto County Recorder Information

By Florida law, the Clerk's Office is the only office in the county authorized to accept and maintain an Official Record of all legal documents such as deeds, mortgages, and judgments that would affect title ownership to land located in DeSoto County.

Recording Fees

First page: $10.00
Each additional page: $8.50

For indexing instruments recorded in the official records which contain more than four names, per additional name: $1.00

On real estate conveyance, per $100.00 consideration: $0.70 (Formula: .0070 x Total Purchase Price = Amount of Doc Stamps)
On obligations to pay money, per $100.00 indebtedness: $0.35 (Formula: .0035 x Amount Financed = Amount of Doc Stamps)
Intangible tax on promissory notes, written obligations to pay money (mortgages, etc.): $0.002 x total

The documentary tax stamp is due on total consideration (including cash, any unpaid balance on existing or new mortgages, plus anything having a monetary value).

County recording fees are subject to change without notice. For the most current fees and further information, contact the local clerk's office directly.

Document Formatting Requirements

Use white paper that measures 8.5 x 11 inches. Provide a 3 x 3 inch blank space in the top right hand corner of the first page and a 1 x 3 inch space at the top right hand corner on each subsequent page.

The text of the instrument must be legible and reproducible. Use black ink and a font size of at least 12 point.

No acknowledgment or proof shall be taken by any officer unless the officer knows, or has satisfactory proof that the person making the acknowledgment is the individual described in, and who executed, such instrument, or that the person offering to make proof is one of the subscribing witnesses to such instrument.
The name of each person who executed the instrument should be legibly printed, typed, or stamped upon the instrument immediately below that person's signature and the post office address of such person should also be legibly printed, typed, or stamped on the instrument.

Provide the name and address of the person who prepared the instrument or under whose supervision it was prepared.

The name of each witness to the instrument should be legibly printed, typed, or stamped on the instrument immediately beneath the signature of such person.

The name of any notary public or other officer authorized to take acknowledgments or proofs whose signature appears on the instrument should be legibly printed, typed, or stamped on the instrument immediately below the corresponding signature.

The name and post office address of each grantee named in the instrument should be
legibly printed, typewritten, or stamped on the instrument.

The form for a conveyance should have a blank space for the property appraiser's parcel identification number describing the property conveyed. If this number is available, it should be entered on the deed before it is presented for recording. The parcel identification number does not constitute a part of the legal description of the property.

Provide a legal description of the real property being conveyed.

Real estate in Florida is conveyed by written instrument and is signed by the party creating the instrument in the presence of two subscribing witnesses. Real Estate Deeds

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