Welcome to the Ellsworth County Register of Deeds Office
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:
**Mortgage Registration Tax: Amount of mortgage X .001
|Effective July 1, 2014
Revised Article 9, Uniform Commercial Code
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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.