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Woodford County, Illinois

Recorder Offices

Woodford County Clerk and Recorder - County Courthouse

115 North Main St, Room 202, Eureka, Illinois 61530

8:00am to 5:00pm M-F

Phone: (309) 467-2822

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Illinois - Woodford County Recorder Information

The County Clerk and Recorder is responsible for maintaining property records in Woodford County. Common documents include plats, deeds, mortgages and liens.

Recording Fees


STANDARD DOCUMENT (55 ILCS 5/3-5018) $57.00
- 8 " X 11" separate sheets and must be on white paper.
- Document must be legibly printed in black ink. Signatures and dates may be in contrasting colors if they will reproduce clearly.
- The document must have clean margins of at least 1/2" on the top, bottom and on each side.
- 3" x 5" blank space in upper right corner of first page.
- Pages may not have anything affixed to it with tape, glue, label, etc., however, pages may be stapled together.
- Up to five references of either a Parcel Pin Number (Property Index Number) or Document Number.

- City, village, county and Secretary of State Documents exempt from Rental Housing Support Program surcharge.

NON-STANDARD DOCUMENT (55 ILCS 5/3-5018) $73.00
- Any document failing to meet the requirements listed under the STANDARD DOCUMENT.
- Applicable to documents dated after July 1, 1995.

EXEMPT NON-STANDARD (55 ILCS 5/3-5018) $64.00
STATE / FEDERAL LIENS & RELEASES (770 ILCS 110/5) See Recorder

PLATS (765 ILCS 205/2) $73.00
- Must be at least 11" x 17", but no larger than 24" x 36"
- Please note that we require a Mylar and 2 paper copies to be left at the time of recording, any additional copies will be file stamped and returned at time of recording.

- Uniform commercial code filings per Public Act 89-503

- Document copied 8 " x 11" & 8 " x 14" $0.25 per page
- 11" x 17" $0.50 per page

Document Formatting Requirements

Documents should consist of one or more individual sheets of white paper measuring 8.5 x 11 inches. Individual sheets should not be permanently bound or in a continuous form. Graphic displays measuring up to 11 x 17 inches accompanying a document will be recorded with the document without additional fees. If an attached rider needs to be recorded with a deed, the rider should be permanently attached as an additional page on the back of the deed.

Use legible printing or typing, black ink, and a font size of at least 12 point. Signatures and dates can be in contrasting colors so long as they will reproduce clearly.

Deeds presented to the county recorder should have a blank space measuring 3 x 5 inches in the upper right corner on the first page, set aside for the recorder’s use. Failure to include this will not affect the validity of the deed, but will incur additional fees. All other margins in the document should be at least ½ an inch and free from all markings.

When a deed is made a matter of record, it shall have the names of the parties signing the instrument typed or printed below or next to the signatures, including the witnesses, if any, and the names of the parties or officers taking acknowledgment.

Signatures of the parties executing the instrument shall be acknowledged by a notary public.

A deed must contain the name and residence of the grantor, the consideration exchanged for the property, any covenants of warranty, the grantee’s name and address, and a legal description of the real property, including street address and PIN. In addition, the grantor’s original signature must be present.

Provide the name and address of the owner to whom subsequent tax bills are to be sent.

Include the name and address of the person who prepared the deed.

Whenever a metes and bound description is used in the legal description of real property, the metes and bounds description should contain the section, township, and range with an identifiable point of beginning.

An affidavit for purposes of the plat act is required to accompany a deed when 1) a metes and bounds legal description is given, 2) when roadway easements and right of way (ingress or egress) are designated, or 3) when a division of land five acres more or less is noted on a deed of transfer.

An Illinois Real Estate Transfer Declaration (PTAX-203) must be filed with deeds and any non-exempt transactions. The information requested on this form is requested by the Illinois Real Estate Transfer Tax law. All parties involved in the transaction must complete the form truthfully. This form is used to collect sales data and to determine if a sale can be used in assessment ratio studies. It is also used to compute equalization factors, which are used to help achieve a statewide uniform valuation of properties based on their fair market value.

If the property transfer is exempt from transfer tax, the PTAX-203 form is not required. A specific exemption number should be noted on the deed presented for recording. The Illinois Department of Revenue webpage has a list of exempt transactions. The form can be completed online or as a hard copy.

Effect of Recording:
Deeds, mortgages, and other instruments of writing that are authorized to be recorded will take effect and be in force from and after the time they are filed for record as to all creditors and subsequent purchasers, without notice. All such deeds and title papers will be judged void as to all such creditors and subsequent purchasers, without notice, until the same is filed for record.

From the time they are filed for record, deeds, mortgages, and other instruments of writing related to real estate shall be deemed notice to subsequent purchasers and creditors, though not acknowledged or proven according to law; but the same shall not be read as evidence, unless their execution be proved in the manner required by the rules of evidence applicable to such writings, so as to supply the defects of acknowledgment or proof. Real Estate Deeds

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