The Recorder of Deeds is an elected official with a four year term. Judy K. Ridgeway took office January 1, 2019.
The Recorder of Deeds mission is to provide timely, accurate access to data and permanent records which have long-term value for individual citizens, mortgage and real estate industries, title companies, utility companies, surveyors, other corporate entities, local and state governments, legal offices and also for historical purposes.
Records in this office provide data about real estate transactions in a historical perspective. Deeds, deeds of trust, releases, easements, surveys, plats, restrictions, cemetery deeds, wills, right of ways, articles of incorporation, patents, affidavits and marriage license information make up an example of the documents.
*** THE RECORDER’S OFFICE ASSISTS IN THE SEARCHING AND INSTRUCTION OF THE PUBLIC IN THE HANDLING AND RETRIEVAL OF RECORDS, BOTH OLD AND NEW.
***THE RECORDER’S OFFICE DOES NOT PROVIDE ABSTRACTS OF TITLE OR LEGAL OPINIONS AS TO THE STATUS OF THE TITLE OF REAL ESTATE. (RSMo 59.200.1)