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The Recorder’s Office maintains official documents for homes, families, and businesses. Certified copies of all records are available to the public. The office also serves as a passport acceptance agency.

Recorded Documents

The following documents are recorded in the Linn County Recorder's Office. Basic recording fees are $5 per page, plus $2 per transaction surcharge. Conveyances (deeds, contracts, changes of title etc.) require an additional auditor's transfer fee of $5 per parcel.
  • Affidavits
  • Assignments and releases
  • Bills of sale
  • Condemnations
  • Contracts
  • Deeds
  • Drainage agreements
  • Easements
  • Farm names
  • Leases
  • Military service records
  • Mortgages
  • Plats and surveys
  • Powers of attorney
  • Section corner certificates
  • State and federal tax liens
  • Trade names
  • Many other documents

Standard Fees

First Page Cost
Additional Page Cost
Bill of Sale
Tax Lien
Article of Incorporation
Trade Name
Farm Name
Change of Name*

*In addition to the above fees, these require an additional $5 transfer fee for each separate parcel of real estate involved (one parcel is included in the first page fee of $12.00). The maximum transfer fee is $50.

Please note: Copies of documents costs $1 per page - certifications cost $5 per document copied, plus $1 per page.  Any page or document larger than 11 by 17 inches will be required to have original size copies to accompany it. Non-standard documents, including a two-sided document or a document submitted without a 3" margin at the top of the page will incur a $10.00 non-standard fee.  Issuing a certificate showing federal tax lien on file $6 fee per request. Requesting a copy of a federal tax lien $5 per copy.  

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