Recording Fees

New Filing Fees effective July 1st, 2017
Mortgages (Includes rerecorded and subordinate mortgages, supplemental indentures) $55.00
Deeds & Other Documents $25.00
Each additional page exceeding 8 1/2" x 14" Within any document $5.00
Mechanics Lien ( with One first-class mailing ) $25.00
Mechanics Lien ( each additional mailing ) $2.00
Multiple Transaction Documents (Includes the first cross reference) $25.00
Each additional cross reference $7.00
 Plats, Surveys and Site Plans
Documents Exceeding 11 inches by 17 inches
Additional Pages  $5.00
 Copies & Certifying 
 $1 Per Page
Copies larger than 11 inches by 17 inches
 $5.00 Per Page
Certifying a document   $5.00
Uniform Commercial Code Filing
Initial Filing or Amendments, 2 pages or less
3 Pages or more 
Search, one name 
Each additional name 

Documents That Do Not Require a Recording Fee

  • IC 10-17-3-2 Certified copy of a document requested by state or any political subdivision that is necessary to secure benefits to members of the military, honorably discharged veteran, or surviving spouse or dependents
  • IC 10-17-2-3 Military discharge
  • IC 36-2-7-10 Official Bonds
  • IC 36-2-7-10 Recording of Official Bonds
  • IC 8-23-7 Recording of a right of way transferring title to a railroad
  • IC 8-23-23 Recording of a right of way or easement for use as a state, county or municipal highway
  • IC 12-14-16-10 Supplemental Assistance Liens
  • IC 6-1.1-22-2(c) Surveyor recording a legal description on tax sale property

Personal Property Filing

 Please note, beginning July 1, 2007 all financing statements involving personal property are to be filed at the Indiana Secretary of State’s Office. Failure to file in the proper office may affect the perfection of the filing.

Escrow Accounts

Escrow or draw down accounts is a service provided by the St. Joseph County Recorder’s office. Customers will conveniently be able to record documents, order copies as well as fax documents anywhere within the local area. A minimum of $25 must be in the account at all times.