Monday 8:00am – 5:00pm
Tuesday - Friday
8:00am – 4:00pm
The primary function of the Recorder's office is to accurately record and maintain public records according to the statutes of the State of Indiana and make them accessible for viewing by the public. We preserve a wide variety of official documents affecting real estate and numerous other valuable miscellaneous documents including but not limited to affidavits, plats, military discharges, contracts, and federal tax liens.
On behalf of the Elkhart County Recorder's Office, welcome to our website. Here you will find helpful information on the many ways our office serves the public.
Our office is committed to working in an efficient and effective way. I hope you will take the opportunity to learn more about the options we offer, particularly as it relates to e-recording and our modernized software system.
If you have any questions about our office, or if we can be of further assistance, please contact us.
Jennifer L. Doriot
Closed All Legal Holidays
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Essential Recording Requirements
Beginning July 1, 2006, every document acknowledged, executed, or notarized in the State of Indiana, must have the following Affirmation statement at the conclusion of the document, at the point of Preparer By:
I affirm, under the penalties for perjury, that I have taken reasonable care to redact each Social Security Number in this document, unless required by law.
This Affirmation Statement must be followed by an individual’s name that can be hand written or typed. If it is a signature, it is required that the name be printed underneath the signature.
Regular documents are to be no smaller than 8½ by 11 inches and no larger than 8½ by 14 inches. Anything over that will be charged as an oversized document. Plats, Surveys, and Horizontal Properties are to be 18 by 24 inches, no more, no less.
INDIANA COUNTY RECORDER'S
Make Checks Payable To: Elkhart County Recorder
There will be a $20.00 Returned Check Fee to the Elkhart County Treasurer on any returned check, no matter what the reason. All fees for the Elkhart County Recorder’s Office are set by state statute and cannot be waived, increased or decreased.
Real Estate Searches
Miscellaneous Document & Recording Notes
Blanket assignments and releases are not accepted. Each assignment or release must be an individual document. The original document will always be returned after progressing through the archival process. Self Addressed Stamped Envelopes are required for document returns.
Beginning July 1, 2001, all financing statements that deal with personal property are to be filed with the Indiana Secretary of States Office. Failure to file in the appropriate office may affect the perfection of the filing.
Effective May 15, 2007, in response to the ongoing identity theft crisis, a Military Discharge Document (DD-214) is considered by Indiana State Statute to be a confidential document. According to Indiana Code 10-17-2-4, only specific persons and/or entities are allowed to view and obtain copies of these documents after providing photographic identification. The list is very specific and set out within the statute. In order to comply with this statute, you will be asked to provide photo ID. If you have any questions, please ask for the Recorder or the First Deputy.
The Recorder’s Office is required by law to furnish copies and certified copies of any recorded document upon request. The Indiana Statutes also instruct us to refuse to record illegible documents which will not be able to provide a clear reproduction after filming and/or digitally imaging. Unfortunately, filming and/or digitally imaging cannot make a poor quality document better, it stays the same, or in some cases, get worse.
The following qualities are not good for reproduction: