The office of County Recorder was created in 1839 by the first Legislative Assembly of the Territory of Iowa. The Recorder continues to maintain official records of documents affecting title to real estate. Many of the duties performed by other offices in the courthouse depend on the work performed by the Recorder's Office. Every real estate transaction that takes place starts in the Recorder's Office. One of the major duties of the office is the management of public records so accuracy and responsible preservation of records are a must for the Recorder. The instruments that are recorded are not only important for today, but serve as a historical library for all of the tomorrows. The office is a service-oriented office with a large variety of duties.
Recorders/Registrars process valuable information concerning:
Lands and Records Management
- Contracts Mortgages
- Assignments, Releases
- Federal and State Tax Liens
- Plats & Surveys
- Section Corner Certificates
- Military Service Records
- Trade Names
- 28E & Drainage Agreements
- Bills of Sale
- Articles of Incorporation
- Financing Statements
- Other Numerous Documents
Licenses - Registrations - Applications
- Boat Registrations/Titles/Liens
- Snowmobile Registrations/Titles/Liens
- ATV Registrations
- Hunting and Fishing Licenses
- Fur Harvester Licenses
- Habitat, Duck and Trout Stamps
- Deer and Wild Turkey Applications
- Landowner/Tenant Gun & Archery Permits
- Collects real estate transfer tax on conveyances of property, a portion which is retained in Hancock County's general fund.
- Performs federal and state tax lien searches and research of current records for the public.
- Collects and reports auditor's fee on transfer of property.
- Certifies recorder's records.
- Makes records available for genealogy research.
- Files detailed reports monthly and annually to the county and to state agencies.