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Mississippi County, Missouri

Recorder Offices

Mississippi County Recorder of Deeds

200 W Main St / PO Box 369, Charleston, Missouri 63834

8:00 to 5:00 M-F

Phone: (573) 683-2146

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Missouri - Mississippi County Recorder Information

The Recorder of Deeds is responsible for maintaining real property records in Mississippi County.

Recording Fees

To record the first page of a standard document, the fee is $24. Each additional page is $3. A page is defined as 8.5x11 inches.

Number of Pages........Cost to Record

Non-standard fee, if applicable: $25 in addition to recording fee

Certification is $1 per document.

In order to provide for the timely recording of documents and to be cost effective, the Recorder of Deeds will retain excess payment fees up to $10. This policy will reduce rejections and allow for the priority of documents so long as the payment submitted is not less than the statutorily prescribed fee. Any request concerning an overpayment must be in writing and received by the Recorder of Deeds within 30 days after the date of recording.

Document Formatting Requirements

* Submit documents on white paper of at least 20# bond, sized 8.5 x 11 inches. Do not use continuous forms or permanent binding, but documents may be stapled for presentation for recording.

* Printing should be in black or dark ink and on one side of the page only. Use a font size of at least 8 point. Non-essential information within any margin is exempt from this requirement. It should be noted that the recorder is not liable or responsible for insuring that non-essential information is archived.

* Signatures must be in black or dark ink to ensure reproduction from record. All signatures must have a corresponding name typed, stamped, or printed underneath.

* Attachments to a page may not be stapled or taped other than a securely attached bar-coded label. "Attachment" does not refer to an exhibit, but additions to a document page.

* On the first page, provide a blank 3-inch top margin to be used for the recorder's certification. All other margins on the first and subsequent pages should be a minimum of 3/4 of an inch.

* The grantor must sign the instrument and have his/her signature acknowledged.


Below the 3-inch margin on the first page, provide the following information:

* The title of the document.
* The date of the document.
* All grantors' names.
* All grantees' names.
* Any statutory addresses.
* A legal description of the real property.
* Reference book and pages, if required.

If there is not sufficient room on the first page, the page reference within the document where the information is set out shall be stated on the first page. If one of the required fields begins on the first page and continues uninterrupted to subsequent pages, this will satisfy the first page requirement.

Grantors and grantees must be designated in order to be indexed. There is no limit as to combinations or exclusions, but must include the words "grantor" and "grantee." It is the filer's or preparer's responsibility to make these designations.

Statutory addresses must also be designated. (i.e. "grantee's mailing address)
The address of the property, although needed, will not be accepted as a legal description.

Book and page references required on certain documents must be designated.

A cover page is not required, but a filer may choose to present one and it will be recorded as the first page of the document. If a cover page is used, it must have the required 3-inch margin and first-page designations.

Effect of Recording: Every such instrument which has been filed for record or recorded in the proper office, although such filing or recording may not have been in accordance with any law in force, shall hereafter impart the same notice as if the same had been filed or recorded in accordance with law; and all such deeds hereafter filed or recorded shall, from the time of filing or recording the same, impart the same notice as if the same had been acknowledged or proved and filed or recorded in accordance with the laws regulating the acknowledgment or proof of such instruments executed within this state.

Instruments are not valid until recorded: No such instrument in writing shall be valid, except between the parties thereto, and such as have actual notice thereof, until the same shall be deposited with the recorder for record. Real Estate Deeds

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