The Recorder of Deeds Department seeks to provide you with timely and convenient access to all publicly recorded documents. Our open and accessible internet system helps provide notice to the general public of an action taken or about to be taken. By placing our records on-line, Jackson County complies with Missouri Sunshine law that strongly encourages governmental bodies to provide electronic access to the greatest extent feasible. (RSMO 610.029)
In an attempt to provide both public access but also provide privacy, Jackson County led the State of Missouri in passage of several identity theft laws to reduce the opportunities of identity theft as follows:
Effective August 28, 2006, Missouri law prohibits the preparer of documents from including social security numbers, credit card numbers and bank account numbers unless it is otherwise required by law.
59.331. The preparer of a document shall not include an individual's sensitive personal identifying information in a document that is prepared and presented for recording in the office of the recorder of deeds. "Sensitive personal identifying information" includes federal Social Security numbers, bank account numbers, and credit card account numbers. This section does not apply to state or federal tax liens, military separation or discharge papers, and other documents required by law to contain such information that are filed or recorded in the office of the recorder of deeds. Should any person's sensitive personal identifying information appear on any document prepared or submitted for recording, the preparer, submitter, or anyone in an agency relationship with the person may redact, remove, or delete the sensitive personal identifying information before submission to the recorder of deeds. Any such redaction, removal, or deletion shall not in any way affect the legal status of the transaction described in the document. The recorder of deeds shall not alter or modify any document in the official record except as otherwise provided by law.
59.332. 1. Should any sensitive personal identifying information, as defined in section 59.331, appear in any record or image viewable on any publicly available Internet web site maintained or sponsored by a recorder of deeds, any person may apply to the recorder of deeds for redaction or removal of that sensitive personal identifying information. Any such application shall be made in writing, signed by the applicant, his or her attorney, or legal guardian, and shall specifically identify the document or documents containing the sensitive personal identifying information. The application shall be accompanied by a legible copy of each recorded document affected by the application, upon which the sensitive personal identifying information that is to be redacted is highlighted or otherwise indicated. Upon receipt of an application submitted in compliance with this section, the recorder of deeds may redact or remove the affected document from the records viewable on the publicly available Internet web site.
CLICK HERE for an application form (PDF) you may use to request redaction of “sensitive personal identifying information.” Please complete the application and mail or deliver in person to either address indicated on the application.