Cindy (Edwards) Ard (R)
112 E. Fifth St.
Salem, MO 65560
Office hours are Monday thru Friday from 8:00 AM to 4:30 PM. (Closed major holidays)
The County Recorder of Deeds keeps official records of real estate transfers, deeds of trust, subdivision plats, surveys, discharges from armed services, tax liens, and marriage licenses.
Both people have to appear to make an application. You will need to bring a picture ID (a driver's license will work), proof of your social security number. The fee is $46.00 which is paid upon application. The license can be issued the day of the application and must be used within 30 days after it leaves the Recorder's office. You can complete the application and leave the license in the Recorder's office until within 30 days of the marriage ceremony.
The cost to record any document except plats, surveys, service discharges and tax liens will be $24.00 for the first page and $3.00 a page for each page following in that document. Copies are $1.00 per page and $2.00 for certification of a document.
Plats are $39.00 for the first page and $25.00 for each additional page for an 18 x 24 inch document. Surveys are $24.00 for the first page and $5.00 for each additional page for an 18 x 24 inch document.
Military Service Discharges are free to record and to receive copies or certified copies. To get a copy of a service discharge, the requesting individual has to fill out a request form, and have their signature notarized, before the Recorder of Deeds can look to see if there is a DD214 filed in the office and to run a copy or certified copy for the requesting party. There is no charge for filing the request, the notary can not charge for notarizing the request form and the copies generated by the Recorder of Deeds office are still free. The Regulations for Request form and the Request for Military Discharge Papers are available on this web site and in the office of the Recorder of Deeds. These new requirements were passed by the Missouri Legislature and went into effect in August 2003.