Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
Does the Recorder’s Office keep my original document after recording?
No. Our office will keep your document for approximately 3 days for processing, and then it will be returned directly to you by U.S. mail or through the title company, attorney, or lender that recorded it for you.
How can I change or add names to a deed?
Preparing legal documents is a complex, exacting process and requires a great deal of knowledge. It is not something that most people without legal training should attempt to do. This office receives many requests for information about where forms for various legal documents can be purchased. Forms for deeds and other documents are available on our website under the Fees & Forms section, as well as some stationery and office supply stores. This office is not permitted to complete forms, help customers fill out forms, or to check forms to make sure the result is what the customer intended.
Can you help me get a copy of the most recent survey of my lot?
We are sorry, but surveys are not typically recorded in the Recorder’s Office.
Does the Recorder’s Office have copies of birth, marriage, and death records?
Not generally. If the birth, marriage, or death took place in Will county, the documents are archived by the Will County Clerk’s Office, which is located in the Will County Office Building at 302 N. Chicago Street, in downtown Joliet. Their phone number is (815) 740-4615. Occasionally, individuals born outside of Will County (in other counties, states or even other countries) choose to record their vital records such as birth, marriage, and death certificates with the Recorder’s Office so that copies of them are readily available locally. Doing so is completely optional, and not required by any local, State, or Federal laws.
Should I record my will in the Recorder’s Office?
Generally, because of privacy concerns and other issues, we do not recommend that you record your will in our office. Keep in mind that all recorded documents with the exception of DD214 documents become PUBLIC RECORD. These documents can be viewed by anyone with the desire to see them at any time. Typically, wills are placed in the safe keeping of a trusted attorney, or held in a safety deposit box or other protected place that can be accessed by family or friends after your passing. If you TRULY want to record your will in our office, we will allow you to do so at the rates outlined in our Fee Schedule.
Does the Recorder’s Office have Real Estate Transfer Declarations specific to Will County?
No. The Illinois Real Estate Transfer Declaration (PTAX-203 & PTAX-203A) are forms created and required by the State of Illinois. As such, these forms are not specific to any one county, and may be used in all counties throughout Illinois. You may download these forms and their respective instructions and/or fill out the form online with the Illinois Department of Revenue by visiting our Forms and Downloads page.
Which cities in Will County require Municipal Transfer Stamps to be purchased before recording?
There are several municipalities which require municipal stamps prior to recording. Each of these municipalities are listed below with a corresponding telephone number for your convenience.
- Aurora (630) 844-3613
- Bolingbrook (630) 226-8430
- Channahon (815) 467-5311
- Joliet (815) 724-3902
- Naperville (630) 420-4116
- Park Forest (708) 503-7703
- Romeoville (815) 886-7200
- University Park (708) 534-6451
- Woodridge (708) 852-7000
Can I get lien and/or lien waiver forms from the Recorder’s Office?
The variety and complexity of these forms is so great that our office cannot provide them. We suggest that you contact a title company or office supply store.
The DD-214 form is available under the Fees & Forms section.
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