Register of Deeds

Register of Deeds


Welcome to the Ellsworth County Register of Deeds Office

Janice Sneath, Register of Deeds
Sue Arensman, Deputy

210 N Kansas, Suite 7
Ellsworth, Kansas 67439-3118

Phone: (785) 472-3022
Fax: (785) 472-4912


Hours: 8AM-5PM Monday-Friday

The Register of Deeds is an elected official, and is elected by the voters of Ellsworth County every four years. This office is responsible for recording transactions relating to real estate in Ellsworth County. This includes deeds, mortgages, oil and gas leases and plated additions to the cities of our county. These records date back to the 1870's.

This office is also responsible for filing financing states and security agreements on personal property according to the regulations of the Uniform Commercial Code, federal and state tax liens, powers of attorney, military discharges, corporation papers and county school records. We record hundreds of different types of documents The Register of Deeds office is your connection to the Past, Present, and Future of Ellsworth County.

The requirements and fees for recording documents in this office are set by Kansas Statutes. The fees are:

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Fee Schedule
$18.00 For recording deeds, mortgages, or other instruments of writing, for the first page (not to exceed legal size page
8 1/2" by 14") **Mortgage Registration Tax Information listed below
$14.00 For second page and each additional page or fraction thereof
$29.00 Recording town plats, for each page
$17.00 Recording release or assignment of real estate mortgage + $2.00 each additional page
$10.00 Certificate, certifying any instrument of record
$29.00 For filing notices of tax liens under the Internal Revenue laws of the United States (Fee includes a $5.00 U.C.C. filing fee provided by K.S.A. 79-2617)
$29.00 For filing releases of tax liens, certificates of discharge, under the Internal Revenue laws of the United States or the revenue laws of the State of Kansas filed both prior to and after the effective date of this act
$14.00 For filing liens for materials and services under K.S.A. 58-2-1, and amendments thereto
$5.00 K.S.A. 60-2201 Lis Pendens
$5.00 K.S.A. 79-2616d Certificate


**Mortgage Registration Tax: Amount of mortgage X .001


Effective July 1, 2014
Revised Article 9, Uniform Commercial Code
$15.00 Original financing statement *
$15.00 Amended financing statement *
$15.00 Continuation statement *
$15.00 Financing statement indication assignment *
$15.00 Separate statement of assignment *
$15.00 Statement of release, full or partial *
$1.00 Attachments beginning with page 11 and each additional page thereafter
$15.00 Real estate mortgage subject to K.S.A. 84-9-402 (6) (Fixture Filing) *
$15.00 Written information request: per debtor name
$1.00 Copy request: a copy of any filed financing statement or statement of assignment (per page)


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* (National Form Required)


No fee shall be charged or collected for any filing made by the department of revenue as required under the provisions of the Kansas inheritance tax act, and amendments thereto.


All fees enumerated in this section, except those charged for the filing of liens and releases of tax liens under the internal revenue laws of the United States, shall be due and payable before the register of deeds shall be required to do the work. If the register of deeds fails to collect any of the fees provided in this section, the amount of the fees at the end of each quarter shall be deducted from the register's salary. The register of deeds shall bill the United States Internal Revenue Service on the last day of each month for the amount of fees accrued in the filing and releasing of federal tax liens.


If the name or names of the signer or signers of any notary public to any instrument to be recorded are not plainly typed or printed under the signature affixed to the instrument, the register of deeds shall charge and collect a fee of ($1.00) in addition to all other fees provided in this section.


In sufficient space is not provided for the necessary recording information and certification on a document, such recording information shall be placed on an added sheet and such sheet shall be counted as a page. The document shall be of sufficient legibility so as to produce a clear and legible reproduction thereof. If a document is judged not to be of sufficient legibility so as to produce a clear and legible reproduction, such document shall be accompanied by an exact copy thereof which shall be of sufficient legibility so as to produce a clear and legible reproduction thereof and which shall be recorded contemporaneously with the document and shall be counted as additional pages. The register of deeds may reject any document which is not of sufficient legibility so as to produce a clear and legible reproduction thereof.


Any document which was filed on or after January 1, 1989, which was a size print or smaller than 8-point type but which otherwise was properly filled shall be deemed to be validly filed.


Except as otherwise provided, all fees provided for in this section shall be paid by the register of deeds to the register of deeds to the county treasurer and deposited into the general fund of the county.

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