Recording, Fees, UCC Filings, Copy work and Refund

In addition to the document formatting standards shown in Formatting Standards, documents presented for recording must meet the following statutory requirements. In some cases, charter* counties as the City of St. Louis, may have different ordinance regulations pertaining to recording requirements, so we suggest that you contact your county Recorder of Deed for specific information.

*Jackson, St. Charles and St. Louis

  • Fees - Fee to be paid before record made, RSMo 59.320.
  • Notary Public - Documents must be provided or acknowledged according to law, RSMo 59.330.1(1)
  • Legal Description - Documents must contain a legal description. Supplemental Indentures of utility companies and Rural electrical cooperatives are exempted, RSMo 59.330.2.
  • Grantee's Address - All deeds must contain a mailing address of one of the grantees named in the document, RSMo 59.330.2
  • Mortgagee's Address - All Deeds of Trust and Assignments must contain mailing address of the mortgagee or assignee, RSMo 443.35.2.
  • Note Presented - For Deeds of Trust recorded prior to January 1, 1986, the notes must be presented with the Release Deed, RSMo 443.060.1.
  • Note Lost - If the note has been lost of destroyed, an Affidavit of Lost Note must be presented along with the Release Deed, RSMo 443.060.2.
  • Notice Information required for Notice of Foreclosure, RSMo 443.325.