Jay Graf – Recorder of Deeds
The St. Francois County Recorder of Deeds office is located on the first floor of the courthouse annex building (easier accessible from rear main parking lot entrance). The office is here to record, maintain and archive: deeds, liens, marriage licenses, surveys, plats and military discharge documents. For further information and downloadable forms, refer to the topics listed below. If you have any questions, please email or call us. We are here to serve you.
ATTENTION CUSTOMERS, 04/29/2020
On Monday May 4, 2020, our office will be open to the public. As the COVID-19 restrictions relax, please continue to maintain the social distancing requirement of 6 feet. Also, if you are experiencing any symptoms of COVID-19, please self-quarantine. Spring is also heavy pollen season, so we ask that you please cover your coughing and sneezing. Please remain behind the sneeze guard at all times.
We appreciate everyone’s cooperation as we are all working through this difficult time and we will be keeping a close eye on the situation and making the necessary changes as time progresses.
St. Francois County Recorder of Deeds Office
(573) 756-2323 ext. 722
THE RECORDER WILL NO LONGER BE TAKING MARRIAGE LICENSE APPLICATIONS TO FARMINGTON CORRECTIONAL CENTER (FCC) IN FARMINGTON, MISSOURI OR TO EASTERN RECEPTION DIAGNOSTIC CORRECTIONAL CENTER (ERDCC) IN BONNE TERRE, MISSOURI.
OUR OFFICE WILL BE IMPLEMENTING THE “AFFIDAVIT OF ABSENT APPLICANT” PROCESS. THE PARTY THAT IS “NOT ABSENT” WILL BE RESPONSIBLE FOR ACCESSING THE AFFIDAVIT WHICH IS LOCATED BELOW UNDER THE ABSENT APPLICANT MARRIAGE LICENSE APPLICATION TAB FOR THE “ABSENT” PARTY AND FOR PRESENTING THE NOTARIZED DOCUMENTS AND PAYMENT TO OUR OFFICE FOR THE MARRIAGE LICENSE TO BE ISSUED. THE FEE WILL BE $51.00 CASH OR MONEY ORDER OR $53.00 DEBIT OR CREDIT CARD.
NOW ACCEPTING DEBIT/CREDIT CARDS
****MINIMUM $2.00 CONVENIENCE FEE APPLIES TO ALL TRANSACTIONS****
MARRIAGE LICENSE, RECORDING FEES, COPIES, ETC.
1 West Liberty Street
Farmington, Missouri 63640
or 1-573-431-6505, Extension 8
Office Hours: Monday thru Friday 8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
To Apply for a Marriage License
Both parties must personally appear. A valid state issued ID is needed from both parties. A blood test is not needed and a waiting period is not required. Original signatures are required from both parties. If one party is not a U.S. citizen, a valid government issued ID is needed. The license can be picked up by either party. The license must be used within 30 days of being issued. The license must be returned to our office within 15 days of being used. If for any reason the license is not used, please return the license to the office of the Recorder of Deeds.
Note: When applying, all information regarding both parties is needed at the time of application.
ALL MARRIAGE LICENSES ISSUED IN OUR OFFICE MUST BE USED IN THE STATE OF MISSOURI.
*If either party has been divorced or widowed, the date the marriage ended is needed or the date of death if applies.*New Marriage Law Requirements
License $51.00 CASH OR DEBIT/CREDIT with a minimum $2.00 convenience fee. Fee to be paid at the time of application.
Underage Applicant $1.00 additional fee for each.
Certified Copy of Marriage License $9.00 – A certified copy of marriage license is as good as your original. Used for any legal purpose including renewing drivers license and social security.
* * * ABSENT Applicant Marriage License Applications * * *
(to be used ONLY when one party is not able to apply in person due to incarceration, active military duty or has a diagnosed significant disability)
Your Military Discharge should be brought to the Recorder of Deeds of the county you live in to be recorded. Be sure to have Member 1 and Member 4 Forms for recording. (The Member # should be at the bottom right hand corner of your document.)
There is no fee for recording your Military Discharge. There is no fee for providing a veteran with a copy of his/her Discharge. If original recorded Discharge is lost, a certified copy can be obtained in our office.
Recorded Discharges and the Index Books for Discharges are not available to the public for on-site inspection or copy purchase.
To request a copy of a Discharge, a RAM 59.480 form must be filled out, signed by the requestor and notarized. This form can be printed from this site, filled out and mailed in or you may come to our office to request a copy. Download form here: Request for Military Discharge Papers
8 1/2″ X 11″ SIZE
WHITE OR LIGHT-COLOR, 20# WEIGHT WITHOUT WATERMARKS OR OTHER VISIBLE INCLUSIONS
ONE OR MORE PAGES, PRINTED ON ONE SIDE ONLY (NO CONTINUOUS FORMS)
FIRST PAGE: 3 INCHES OF BLANK VERTICAL SPACE FROM LEFT TO RIGHT ACROSS TOP OF PAGE FOR RECORDER’S USE
MINIMUM 3/4″ MARGINS ON LEFT, RIGHT AND BOTTOM OF PAGE
OTHER PAGES: MINIMUM 3/4″ MARGINS ON TOP, LEFT, RIGHT AND BOTTOM OF PAGE
MINIMUM OF EIGHT (8) POINT TYPE (PRINTERS TYPE NOT COMPUTER FONT SIZE)
BLACK OR DARK INK.
NO ATTACHMENTS STAPLED OR OTHERWISE AFFIXED TO ANY PAGE EXCEPT AS NECESSARY TO COMPLY WITH STATUTORY REQUIREMENTS (FIRMLY ATTACHED LABEL WITH BAR CODE OR RETURN ADDRESS IS ACCEPTABLE)
DOCUMENT MUST BE SUFFICIENTLY LEGIBLE TO PRODUCE A CLEAR AND LEGIBLE REPRODUCTION FROM RECORD. ILLEGIBLE DOCUMENTS MUST BE ACCOMPANIED BY AN EXACT TYPEWRITTEN / PRINTED COPY OF ACCEPTABLE REQUIREMENTS AND WILL BE RECORDED AS ADDITIONAL PAGES OF THE DOCUMENT.
ALL SIGNATURES SHALL BE IN BLACK OR DARK INK, CAPABLE OF LEGIBLE REPRODUCTION AND SHALL HAVE THE CORRESPONDING NAME TYPED, PRINTED OR STAMPED UNDERNEATH THE SIGNATURE.
FIRST PAGE INFORMATION REQUIREMENTS:
EVERY DOCUMENT CONTAINING ANY OF THE ITEMS LISTED IN THIS SUBSECTION THAT IS PRESENTED FOR RECORDATION EXCEPT PLATS AND SURVEYS, SHALL HAVE SUCH INFORMATION ON THE FIRST PAGE BELOW THE THREE INCH HORIZONTAL TOP MARGIN
(1) TITLE OF THE DOCUMENT (INSTRUMENT TYPE);
(2) DATE OF DOCUMENT;
(3) GRANTOR’S NAMES; (MUST USE THE WORD “GRANTOR”)
(4) GRANTEES’ NAMES; (MUST USE THE WORD “GRANTEE”)
(5) ANY STATUTORILY REQUIRED ADDRESSES;
(6) THE LEGAL DESCRIPTION OF THE PROPERTY AFFECTED; AND
(7) REFERENCE BOOK AND PAGES FOR STATUTORY REQUIREMENTS, IF APPLICABLE
A COVER SHEET CAN BE USED. (SEE SAMPLE COVER SHEET)
DOCUMENTS WHICH DO NOT MEET REQUIREMENTS:
FROM JANUARY 1, 2002, DOCUMENTS WHICH DO NOT MEET THE REQUIRED STANDARDS SET FORTH BY THIS SECTION MAY BE RECORDED FOR A FEE OF TWENTY-FIVE DOLLARS OVER AND ABOVE THE STATUTORY RECORDING FEES.
DOCUMENTS EXEMPTED FROM THE NON-STANDARD FEE:
(1) DOCUMENTS WHICH WERE SIGNED PRIOR TO JANUARY 1, 2002;
(2) MILITARY SEPARATION PAPERS;
(3) DOCUMENTS EXECUTED OUTSIDE THE UNITED STATES;
(4) CERTIFIED COPIES OF DOCUMENTS, INCLUDING BIRTH AND CERTIFICATES;
(5) ANY DOCUMENT WHERE ONE OF THE ORIGINAL PARTIES IS DECEASED OR OTHERWISE INCAPACITATED;
(6) JUDGEMENTS OR OTHER DOCUMENTS FORMATTED TO MEET COURT REQUIREMENTS; AND
(7) UNIFORM COMMERCIAL CODE FILINGS SUBMITTED ON MISSOURI ACCEPTED FORMS AND IN COMPLIANCE WITH RA9 EFFECTIVE JULY 1, 2001.
ALL DOCUMENTS PRESENTED FOR RE-RECORDING MUST MEET ALL OF THE ABOVE LISTED STANDARD REQUIREMENTS ( INCLUDING MARGINS, LEGIBILITY, AND FIRST PAGE INFORMATION) AS IF BEING PRESENTED AS A NEW DOCUMENT. MUST INCLUDE NEW COVER SHEET AND STATE WHY THE DOCUMENT IS BEING RE-RECORDED. A RE-ACKNOWLEDGMENT FROM NOTARY.
ALL DOCUMENTS MUST CONTAIN A LEGAL DESCRIPTION INCLUDING CERTIFIED COPIES FROM COURT. (EXCLUDES: BIRTH AND DEATH CERTIFICATES)
Document Recording Fees
$24.00 for first page and $3.00 each additional page, as follows:
|Number of Pages||Fee Amount||Number of Pages||Fee Amount|
Documents $1.00 per page
Plats $5.00 per plat
Add an additional $1.00 to total number of pages for certification or if you want the copies faxed.
Copies may be obtained by written request or by coming to our office.
No information will be given over the telephone.
Effective January 23rd 2019
8 1/2 x 14 (legal size) – $24.00
11 x 17 – $24.00
18 x 24 – $24.00
Additional pages – $5.00 each
24 x 36 – $69.00
Additional pages – $25.00
Must have 2 originals.
18 x 24 – $44.00
24 x 36 – $69.00
Additional pages – $25.00 each
Must have 4 originals
Federal and State Tax Liens and Releases are recorded in our office.
Copies of these may be obtained by written request or by coming into our office.
The fees for these copies are $1.00 per page.
Uniform Commercial Codes (UCC’S) that include real estate are still filed at county level. UCC’s that do not include real estate must be sent to the Secretary of State.
Honor Rewards is a community outreach rewards program for local Veterans. Veterans can sign-up to receive an Honor Rewards ID Card which gives them discounts and benefits at local businesses and retailers who participate in the program. Veterans, local businesses and retailers can participate by contacting the Recorder of Deeds office or using the sign-up link for St. Francois County on www.honorrewards.com