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Cherokee County Clerk
213 West Delaware St., Room 200, Tahlequah, Oklahoma 74464
8:00am to 4:30pm. Monday thru Friday
Phone: (918) 456-3171
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Cherokee County Oklahoma Register of Deeds

Cherokee County Recorder Information

The recorder in Cherokee County is responsible for recording and maintaining records related to real property situated in the County.

Recording Fees

To record the first page of a deed or mortgage, the fee is $8. Each additional page of the same document is $2.

Photocopies of recorded documents are $1 per page. A certified copy is an additional $1 per page.

To record the first page of a non-conforming deed, the fee is $25. Each additional page of a nonconforming instrument is $10.

For the purpose of preserving, maintaining, and archiving recorded instruments, the county clerk will collect an additional $5 for each instrument recorded.


A tax is imposed on any deed when the consideration or value of the interest or property conveyed, exclusive of the value of any lien or encumbrance thereon remaining at the time of the sale, exceeds $100. The tax is prorated at the rate of 75 cents per each $500 of the consideration.

The documentary stamps evidencing payment of the taxes must be affixed to the document before recording can take place.

If you have questions about recording or recording fees, contact the Cherokee County Clerk at (918) 456-3171.
Document Formatting Requirements
Real property documents pertaining to property located in Cherokee County, Oklahoma are recorded with the county clerk, who serves as the register of deeds. Deeds, mortgages, and other instruments are among the legal documents recorded in this office. The Cherokee County Clerk does not have a webpage.

A. Effect of Recording:

No acknowledgment or recording is necessary to the validity of any deed, mortgage, or contract relating to real estate as between the parties thereto; but no deed, mortgage, contract, bond, lease, or other instrument relating to real estate other than a lease for a period not exceeding one year and accompanied by actual possession, shall be valid as against third persons unless acknowledged and recorded as herein provided.

Every conveyance of real property that is acknowledged or proved, certified and recorded as required by law from the time it is filed with the register of deeds for record is constructive notice of the contents thereof to subsequent purchasers, mortgagees, encumbrancers, or creditors.

B. Requirements for Recording Compliant Documents

• A deed or other instrument related to real estate is not valid unless it is in writing and subscribed by the grantors.

• Submit an original or a certified copy of an original. A document should be clearly legible and in the English language and should use ink that is dark enough to be reproduced on copy equipment used by the county clerk. For best results, use black ink on white paper. Paper size should not measure larger than 8.5 x 14 inches. Letter sized paper (8.5 x 11 inches) is also acceptable.

• All documents should provide an area free of printed information sufficient in size to accommodate the placement of documentary stamps, any certification of the payment of mortgage taxes, and the recording information affixed by the county clerk upon acceptance of the document. If sufficient space is not provided without covering language contained in the instrument, the county clerk will attach an additional page, for which extra fees will apply. Aside from these guidelines, the top margin of all documents should be at least 1 inch; side and bottom margins should be at least ½ an inch.

• No subscribing witness is necessary to the validity of any deed, mortgage, or any other instrument conveying, affecting, or relating to real estate.

• Provide the mailing address of the grantee or other designated party to which the instrument is to be returned after recording.

• Describe the real property by its specific legal description and provide such information necessary for indexing.

• If an instrument contains more than twenty-five legal descriptions requiring separate entries in the index, the descriptions shall be sorted by block and lot if the property is platted. If the property is unplatted, the descriptions shall be sorted by township, range, and section. Any instrument offered to a county clerk for recording that contains more than twenty-five legal descriptions per page, counted as each description which could require a separate line entry in the numerical index should be accompanied by an additional filing fee of $1 per legal description over twenty-five.

• In a county that has adopted a land parcel identifier system to designate tracts of property, the county clerk may not accept an instrument for filing or recording unless the land parcel identifiers for all the parcels described and affected are on the face of the instrument.

• The consideration paid for the property should be listed in the form of the deed.

The county clerk will record free of charge all certificates designating and describing lands situated in the respective counties owned by the Five Civilized Tribes and their heirs, which lands are shown by said certificates to be exempt from taxation. These will be recorded without charge, provided that when the certificate is presented for recording, it bears the approval of the Secretary of the Interior.

C. Conveyances

After-acquired title: All the rights of a mortgagor or grantor in and to the premises described in the instrument and existing at the time or subsequently accruing shall accrue to the benefit of the mortgagee or grantee and be covered in his mortgage or conveyed by his deed.

A quitclaim deed, made in substantial compliance with the provisions of the Oklahoma Statutes, shall convey all the right, title, and interest of the grantor thereof in and to the premises described. This does not include covenants of warranty.

A warranty deed will convey to the grantee, his heirs, or assigns the whole interest the grantor has in the premises described, and is deemed to be a covenant on the part of the grantor that at the time of the making of the deed, he is legally seized of an indefeasible estate in fee simple of the premises and has good right and full power to convey the same; that the property is free from all encumbrances and liens, and that he warrants to the grantee, his heirs, and assigns the quiet and peaceable possession of the property, and will defend the title thereto against all persons who may lawfully convey the same. The covenants and warranty shall be obligatory and binding upon any such grantor, his heirs, and personal representatives as if written at length in such deed.
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