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Frequently Asked Questions


1. What types of documents are available through Recorder of Deeds Department?

2. How do I obtain a copy of my birth certificate?

3. What is the procedure for obtaining a copy of a document?

4. What are the fees for obtaining copies?

5. Is it possible to receive a copy by mail?

6. Can you do a document search for me over the phone?

7. Can you help me complete a records search?

 

1. What types of documents are available through Recorder of Deeds Department?

Copies of recorded real estate documents, marriage licenses and UCC filings are available from the Recorder of Deeds Department.

CLICK HERE for more information about available documents and the services provided by the Recorder of Deeds Department.

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2. How do I obtain a copy of my birth certificate?

Birth records may be obtained from The Bureau of Vital Records, Post Office Box 570, Jefferson City, Missouri 65102, or if born in Kansas City, Missouri, those records may be obtained from The Kansas City Bureau of Vital Records, 2400 Troost, Kansas City, Missouri. If born in the State of Missouri prior to 1920, a copy of your birth certificate may also be obtained through the Health Department in Independence, 313 South Liberty, Independence, MO. There is a $15.00 fee and a blood relative must pick up the certificate. Their phone number is (816) 404-6415.

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3. What is the procedure for obtaining a copy of a document?

Representatives of the Recorder of Deeds Department are available to assist you in obtaining copies of recorded real estate documents, marriage licenses and UCC filings. They will instruct you in how to search for a document utilizing the indexes, microfilm viewers and PC On-Line Search System. These instructions are limited to ten minutes. However, if you cannot perform your own search, you may request that the clerk perform the search for you.

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4. What are the fees for obtaining copies?

The fees are as follows:

Marriage License $2.00
  (copy of license)
$10.00
  (certified copy of license)
Recorded Documents
(including UCC fixture filings)
$2.00 (first page)
$1.00 (each additional page)
$1.00 to certify document
Plats $5.00 each
$1.00 to certify document
Certifications
(other than Marriage Licenses)
$1.00
Uniform Commercial Code $8.00 plus
$0.50 per page after 10 pages copied

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5. Is it possible to receive a copy by mail?

Yes. Just send in a written request to our office in Independence: 

Historic Truman Courthouse
Recorder of Deeds Department
112 W. Lexington, Suite 30
Independence, MO 64050

Checks should be made payable to the "Recorder of Deeds."

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6. Can you do a document search for me over the telephone?

No. Telephone searches are not conducted. You may come into the Recorder of Deeds Department and search our data base for the information you need, mail in a request enclosing a check for the copy fees applicable (see above), or you may perform your search on-line by accessing our website at www.jacksongov.org.

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7. Can you help me complete a records search?

Yes, we can assist you in reviewing indexes, microfilm, computer records, etc.; however, please be advised that we are prohibited by state statute from making determinations on records stored in this office. Professional title companies and real estate abstracters do engage in authoritative searches of this nature, and can assist in these endeavors.

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