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Recorder Offices in Winnebago County
Winnebago County Recorder
Winnebago County Courthouse 126 South Clark, Forest City
8:00am to 4:30pm M-F
Phone: (515) 582-2094

Winnebago County Recorder of Deeds office invites you to e-Record your title documents ONLINE! Liens, Mortgages, Assignments, Releases and more! Save yourself a trip to county offices. Go Green this Year! Credit Cards Accepted! Online Checks!

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Announcing a New internet service to Property Owners and Non Attorneys in Winnebago County, Iowa.

Land/Title documents of all types from start to finish. Let our new legal department handle your every document need in 2-simple steps!

Step #1: Fill out our simple contact request form. In most cases, is $50.00-$100.00 cheaper than our competitors! And at we will e-notarize your document through our web cam e-notary public service and even e-record your document for you at no extra charge! Saving you time, money, and the hassle of going to county offices to record your legal documents yourself.

Our legal staff will review and enter the required data, look up your legal description of the subject property, apply all county forms including AOV’s and PTA’s and transfer exemptions you may be entitled to into our advance Land/Title legal form formatting system for you, and send the document to you for review, and signature. We will also include e-notary public services online for you It’s Fast and that Simple!

Step#2: After your review, and before all parties sign the title documents, just click on our notary service link, upload the document, and our online notary public will do the rest. will e-record your document within the county in which the property is situated, in most cases, in a matter of hours! and email the county recorded copy back to you. That’s it, you are done! Our pricing includes all e-Notary Public Services & e- Recording county fees.

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In most cases is $50.00-$100.00 cheaper than our competitors! And offers online e-notary public services and even e-records your title documents for you at no additional costs. We even pay the county fees!

Documents that have traditionally been delivered or mailed to the Clerk & comptroller of Court by runner, express mail or courier services can now be processed with e-Recording, simplifying and accelerating all aspects of the recording process. The most commonly e-Recorded documents are Mechanic’s Liens, Notices, Release of Lien, Deeds, Mortgages, Assignment of Mortgages, Notice of Commencements, and Satisfactions of Mortgages.
Documents that have traditionally been delivered or mailed to the Clerk & comptroller of Court by runner, express mail or courier services can now be processed with e-Recording, simplifying and accelerating all aspects of the recording process. The most commonly e-Recorded documents are Mechanic’s Liens, Notices, Release of Lien, Deeds, Mortgages, Assignment of Mortgages, Notice of Commencements, and Satisfactions of Mortgages.

With e-Recording, the submitter scans the document and uses a vendor application to upload the document and associated data. No special equipment is required, just a computer with high speed internet access and a scanner. Original documents never leave the submitter’s possession since they are scanned for submission.

E-Recording documents can be tracked through the entire process. Documents are recorded the same day, if submitted during regular business hours. Once the document is accepted, you can immediately retrieve an image that includes the recorder’s stamp from

Winnebago County Recording Information

Document Formatting Requirements
Recording real estate deeds in Winnebago County, Iowa.

The County Recorder is responsible for recording real estate documents. Before a document can be recorded, requirements must be met and fees must be paid.


The act of recording a document serves as constructive notice to all persons. An instrument that is not recorded in the county where the property is located is not valid against subsequent purchasers for a valuable consideration without notice.

An instrument evidencing an interest in real estate that is recorded will have priority over any lien that is given equal precedence with ordinary taxes, as described in the Iowa Code, section 558.41, as filed in the office of the recorder in the county where the real estate is situated prior to the filing of a conflicting instrument affecting the real estate.


The county recorder shall refuse any document presented for recording that does not meet the following requirements:

Each document should consist of one or more individual pages that are not permanently bound or in a continuous form. There should not be any attachments stapled or otherwise affixed to a page except as necessary to comply with statutory requirements. However, the individual pages of an instrument may be stapled together for presentation for recording. A firmly attached label with a barcode or return address may be attached to the first page.

All pre-printed text must be at least 8 point in size and no more than 20 characters and spaces per inch. All other text that is typed or computer-generated including, but not limited to all names of parties to an agreement, shall be at least 10 point in size and no more than 16 characters and spaces per inch. If there is type smaller than 8 point for pre-printed text and 10 point for all other text, the document should be accompanied by an exact typewritten copy that meets the requirements.

A document must be sufficiently legible to produce a clear reproduction. If an illegible document is submitted, it must be accompanied by a legible copy. The legible copy will be recorded as additional pages, for which additional fees will apply.

Submit documents on white paper of no less than 20 # weight without watermarks or other visible inclusions. All text must be of sufficient clarity to ensure that the text is readable when reproduced from the record.

All signatures should be in black or dark blue ink and of sufficient color and clarity to ensure that the signatures are readable when the document is reproduced from record. Corresponding names should be typed, printed, or stamped beneath original signatures. The typing or printing of a name or the application of an embossed or inked stamp should not cover or otherwise materially interfere with any part of the document, except where provided by law. The failure to print or type signatures does not invalidate the document.

The first page should have a blank top margin of 3 inches, which is reserved for the recorder’s use. All other margins should be a minimum of three-quarters of one inch. Non-essential information including, but not limited to form numbers, page numbers, or customer notations may be placed in margins, but not in the top margin.

Below the 3-inch margin on the first page, provide the following information:

a. The name, address, and telephone number of the individual who prepared the document.

b. The name of the taxpayer and a complete mailing address.

c. The return address.

d. The title of the document.

e. All grantors’ names.

f. All grantees’ names.

g. Any address required by statute.

h. The legal description of the property and parcel identification number, if required.

i. A document or instrument number for statutory requirements, if applicable.

If there is not enough space on the first page for all the required information, include the page reference where the information is set out.

When there is a difference between the given names or initials in which title is taken, and the given names or initials of the grantor in a succeeding conveyance, and the surnames in both instances are written the same or sound the same, the conveyance is presumptive evidence that the surname in the several conveyances refers to the same person.


A conveyance to two or more in their own right will create a tenancy in common, unless a different intention is expressed in writing.

A conveyance made by a husband and wife is sufficient to pass any and all right of either in the property conveyed, unless a different intention appears on the face of the deed.

When either the husband or wife joins in a conveyance of real estate joined by the other, the husband or wife so joining shall not be bound by the covenants of such conveyance, unless it is expressly stated as such on the face of the document.

An estate may be created to commence on a future date.

Adverse possession of real estate does not prevent a person from selling that person’s interest in the same.

Every conveyance of real estate passes all the interest of the grantor therein, unless a contrary intent can be reasonably inferred from the terms used.

When a deed purports to convey a greater interest than the grantor was at the time possessed of, any after-acquired interest of the grantor, to the extent of which the deed purports to convey inures to the benefit of the grantee. However, if the spouse of such grantor joins in such conveyance for the purpose of relinquishing dower or homestead only, and subsequently acquires an interest therein, it shall not be held to inure to the benefit of the grantee.


A Declaration of Value statement reflecting the full consideration paid in certain non-exempt real estate conveyances should be submitted to the county recorder at the time a deed, contract, instrument, or other writing is presented for recording.
This is required by Iowa law. Part I, the Declaration of Value, is to be completed by the buyer or seller or either’s agent for non-exempt transactions. Part II is to be completed by the assessor.

This form does not have to be completed for a document presented for recording which clearly indicates that it is an exempt transaction. Refer to Iowa Administrative Code 701-79.5 for further details. If the transaction is exempt but the exemption isn’t clearly stated on the actual document presented for recording, Part I of the form must be completed. If the form is not completed accurately and in full for non-exempt transactions by the buyer or seller (or either’s agent), the county recorder is required by law to refuse to record the contract, deed, or other instrument conveying the affected property.

This form can be obtained from the Iowa Department of Revenue webpage.


The transferor of real property is required to complete a groundwater hazard statement form. The purpose of the statement is to satisfy legal requirements for filing instruments of conveyance of real property with the county recorder. The Department of Natural Resources does not approve or disapprove of property transfers based on the statement. The statement must be signed by one of the persons transferring the property interest (or that person’s agent).

All legal documents including fixture financing statements, trade names, and name changes filed in this office will be $9.00 for the first page and $5.00 for each additional page and are not to exceed 8 1/2 x 14 1/2 inches in length.

All Deeds and contracts that convey land will require an additional $5.00 fee for transfer on the Auditors’ plat books for a parcel of contiguous land within a number section, platted block or subdivision separated only by a public street, alley, or highway.  The fee shall not exceed $50.00 for transfer of property in one document.

On documents that release or assign one mortgage or assign one contract, the fee is $9.00 for the first page.  If the notation of said release or assignment affects more than one mortgage or contract a fee of $9.00 for each notation is charged.

Federal Tax Lien: Issuing a certificate is $6.00 per request.
Requesting a copy: $5.00
Copies of documents: $.50 per page
Certification is an additional $5.00.
Fax copies are $1.00 per page.

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Winnebago County was founded in 1847. It was named after the eponymous Native American tribe.


Postal codes for Winnebago County-Iowa


50424 Buffalo Center 641 Winnebago County Iowa (IA)
50436 Forest City 641 Winnebago County Iowa (IA)
50450 Lake Mills 641 Winnebago County Iowa (IA)
50453 Leland 641 Winnebago County Iowa (IA)
50453 Neils 641 Winnebago County Iowa (IA)
50465 Rake 641 Winnebago County Iowa (IA)
50473 Scarville 641 Winnebago County Iowa (IA)
50478 Thompson 641 Winnebago County Iowa (IA)