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Land Records

Accessing Land Records

Randolph County offers three options for viewing of our land records.

You may access the land records using our public terminals in the Clerk’s records room. The terminals are open to the public on regular business days from the hours of 8:00 am to 3:30 pm.

The first remote access program is called LAREDO. This program gives you the ability to search and print documents from your computer, as soon as they are recorded. This time-saving program is accessible 24 hours a day/7 days a week for a monthly fee, which is billed on a pre-paid, monthly basis. If you are interested in the LAREDO program, please contact the County Clerk’s office for more information.

Also available is a public search program called TAPESTRY. This program is a pay-per-use program. It requires no monthly fee. A credit card is required and charges are applied as you search. Follow the instructions on the website to access the records. For More Information: 
Contact Kyle Cogdill at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or Katie Nickel at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or telephone 800.747.4600.

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Recorded Documents

The Recorder’s office is the official land records office for Randolph County. Records date back to the early 1800’s. It is our responsibility to maintain accurate and timely indexing and maintenance of documents reflecting the chain of title to land within Randolph County. Our records are indexed and available to view by both bound record books and digital images on the computer.

Instruments filed with the Recorder’s office include deeds, mortgages, releases and assignments, property liens, as well as assorted federal, state and local liens. Other documents included are veteran’s discharge papers, corporation papers, and instruments pertaining to the Uniform Commercial Code. The Recorder’s office is also responsible for the recordation and storage of subdivision plats, land surveys and monument records.


How To Record a Deed

Document recording is accepted in person or via US Mail or courier. Only original documents bearing actual signatures may be recorded. Faxed documents cannot be accepted.

While we are happy to answer your questions about how to record documents, the office cannot give legal advice about transferring property. You are urged to contact an attorney, abstract or title company to transfer real property.

All land transfers must be approved by Randolph County Land Resource Management Office. There is no charge for this service unless the property transfer is deemed to be a parcel split. Upon examination, if it is determined that the property transfer is a split, there will be an additional $25.00 fee. For more information on the Randolph County Land Management Resource Office, please contact them at 618.826.5000 ext. 228.

Original documents will be returned to the customer in a timely manner, in most instances documents are returned the next business day. All recording is time-dated and placed on record in the order it is received. Most documents are recorded the day they are received.

The Randolph County Recorder of Deeds Office participates in the Illinois Department of Revenue's MyDec program which allows for the FREE online preparation and submission of real estate property transfer tax declarations. The MyDec program also allows users to track the status of and make corrections to electronically prepared PTAX-203 forms throughout the entire recording process.

Effective JANUARY 1, 2023, ALL property transactions will be processed through MyDec. 

Please register to become a MyDec user at  Registered users can submit electronically prepared PTAX-203 forms to any Illinois county that participates in the MyDec program.

A detailed set of instructions for the MyDec program can be found at

Support is also available by phone (844-445-1114, Monday thru Friday from 8:00AM - 4:30PM) or email (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.).

Benefits of using MyDec include:

  • Fewer rejections and quicker corrections.
  • Declarations can be saved and edited later before they are submitted.
  • Helpful tips are available for many of the lines where common mistakes are made. These tips can be viewed or hidden by clicking on the blue help icon next to the lines.
  • Fields that contain errors are displayed in red, providing a clear indication where changes must be made before the declaration is submitted.

Statutory Content of Recorded Documents

  • Legal Description of Property – Legal description (parcel number) must be included in all documents. Also include street address.
  • Signatures – Original signatures are required.
  • Addresses – Include grantee address for tax billing on deeds.
  • Notarization / Acknowledgement.
  • Preparer – Must include name and address.
  • Document Numbering – Doc number provided by Recorder.

Common Reasons for Rejection of Recording

  • Real Estate Transfer Declaration or exemption stamp missing from the deed
  • Fees incorrect
  • Legal description missing or wrong
  • “Prepared by” statement missing
  • Notary signature or seal missing
  • Document not dated or signed
  • Subsequent document missing reference to original document
  • All PTAX 203 forms must be completed on My Dec.


Land Record Fees

Real Estate Transfer Tax

  • Real estate transfer taxes are imposed by the state and county for many property transactions, as well as certain trusts and long-term leases. Consult the Illinois Department of Revenue for additional information.
  • State and county real estate transfer taxes are declared on the PTAX-203 form and paid along with recording fees.
  • State real estate transfer tax: $0.50 per $500 of consideration
  • County real estate transfer tax: $0.25 per $500 of consideration

Copy Charges

  • Copies per document: $0.50
  • Faxed copies per document: $5 for the first page and $1 for each additional page
  • Certified copies per document: $26 for the first page and $1 for each additional page
  • Search, copy & mail per document: $6

Recording Fee Schedule

HB3878 increased the Rental Housing Support Fee by $9.00. As of July 1, 2023, our recording fees have been increased to reflect this change.

FLAT FEE for recording most instruments -- $80.00 ASSIGNMENTS – $80.00

TAX DEEDS – $80.00

CORPORATION -- $61.00 (certificates, annual reports, change of agent, etc.)


UCC - Finance Statements -- $61.00

LIENS – $80.00







ORDINANCES / PUBLIC ENTITIES – $71.00 (water, sewer services, etc.)

PLATS – $94.00 (FOUR copies required)


RELEASES – $80.00 (Document Number, Book/Page & Legal Description Required)


TAX LIENS – $11.00 for one name. Each additional name - $1.00

RELEASE OF TAX LIEN – $11.00 for one name. Each additional name -- $1.00

MOBILE HOME TAX LIEN – $10.00 for one name. Each additional name -- $1.00



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  • Community Foundation

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  • Courthouse Hours

    Randolph County Courthouse hours are Monday through Friday 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Holidays are listed on the Transparency page.    

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  • Paying Tickets

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Effective August 1, 2017, pursuant to 735 ILCS 5/15-1507(b) all judicial mortgage foreclosure sales shall be conducted by the Sheriff of Randolph County, Illinois, except by leave of Court.


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Enter: Richard A Brown, Circuit Judge