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Recorder Office Locations

Downtown Chicago Court Building
118 N. Clark Street Room 120, Chicago, Illinois 60602
8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. M-F
Phone: (312) 603-5050

Bridgeview Court Building
10220 S. 76th Avenue-Room 238, Bridgeview, Illinois 60455
8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. M-F
Phone: (708) 974-6397

Markham Court Building
16501 S. Kedzie - Room 238C, Markham, Illinois 60426
8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. M-F
Phone: (708) 210-4448

Skokie Court Building
5600 Old Orchard Road - Room 155, Skokie, Illinois 60077
8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. M-F
Phone: (847) 470-5103

Rolling Meadows Court Building
2121 Euclid Avenue - Room 238, Rolling Meadows, Illinois 60008
8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. M-F
Phone: (847) 818-2070

Maybrook Court Building
1500 S. Maybrook Drive - Basement Room 061, Maywood, Illinois 60153
8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. M-F
Phone: (708) 865-4753

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Cook County Illinois Register of Deeds

Cook County Recorder Information

The County Clerk and Recorder is responsible for maintaining property records in Cook County.

Recording Fees

Recording a standard-sized document (first two pages): $40.00 (Non-Compliance Fee is double the recording fee).
This fee includes a $15.00 GIS Fee and a $5.00 Document Storage Automation Fee.

Each Additional Page(s): $2.00

Rental Housing Support Program surcharge (RHSP) Fee: $9.00, plus a $1.00 recording fee (state-wide mandatory fee for real estate documents only).

Each additional tract, parcel, lot, subdivision or addition: $2.00

Grantor/Grantee Affidavit: $2.00

Recording of Plats of subdivision, vacation or annexation: $118.00

Each tract, parcel, or lot contained therein (for Plats): $2.00


Return Mail Service Charge (Per Document) $2.25
Certified Copies (Includes first two pages) $20.00
Each additional Certified Copy page $2.00
Non-Certified Copies (Includes first two pages) $10.00

County recording fees are subject to change without notice. We recommend to contact the local recording office directly to verify this information.

Real property transfer taxes can be filed online at https:/ at no extra cost. Documents can be filed, viewed, and tracked at any point before the final declaration is submitted.

Real estate sales in Chicago incur three levels of transfer tax: City of Chicago, Cook County and State of Illinois Transfer Taxes, calculated as follows:
City - buyer pays $7.50 per each $1,000 of sales price; seller pays $3.00 per each $1,000 of sales price;
County - seller pays $.50 per each $1,000 of sales price;
State - seller pays $1.00 per each $1,000 of sales price.
Document Formatting Requirements
All property related documents must contain a Property Identification Number (PIN), a complete legal description (available from the County Clerk's office or prior documents on that parcel) and a commonly known address for the property. The grantee's name must appear on the face of all deeds and a return mail address must appear on the face of the document.

Standard forms shall be 8.5 x 11.0" in size, which are not permanently bound nor on continuous form. The first page of the document shall contain a blank space measuring 3" x 5" in the upper right hand corner. The document shall be on white paper of no less than 20 lb. weight and have a clean margin of 1/2" on top, bottom, right and left sides. The document shall not have any attachment stapled or affixed to any page. Any documents not meeting these guidelines (other than plats of subdivision) will be charged double the flat recording fee ($20.00 x 2 = $40.00).

Also, documents affecting title must have a preparer's name, a Real Estate Tax Declaration form (municipal, county, state where applicable) or exemption forms

Original documents walked in and recorded at any of our offices are returned immediately to the customer. A copy of the original recording is kept by CCRD until all the information on the document is indexed. Documents recorded by the title companies are returned to the respective title company. It is the responsibility of the title company to return the original recorded document to the customer. All documents mailed to CCRD for recording require a $2.25 mail return fee. Original recorded documents mailed to us should be received by the customer via return mail within 20 business days from when they are received at CCRD.

You can mail in an original document for recording. Be sure to include in your mailing a short note requesting the recording that includes a return mail address, a check in the exact amount of the recording fee and mail these to:

Cook County Recorder of Deeds
Recording Division
118 N. Clark Street, Room 120
Chicago, Illinois 60602
We may be able to e-record your deed documents in Cook County, Click Here for more information.