Lake County Illinois, Recorder of Deeds
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Lake County Illinois, Recorder of Deeds

Lake County Illinois-Recorder of Deeds
Information pertaining to a Quit Claim Deed


The Lake County Recorder of Deeds Office is responsible for recording, archiving and retrieving any Quit Claim Deed submitted to be recorded.
They welcome the public to drop by at any time to review their documents, which date back to 1844, and to ask any of the friendly staff members for help.
Recording Requirements for a Lake County Quit Claim Deed
1. A Quit Claim Deed must be dated, signed & notarized.
2. Parties involved must be named.
3. Grantee's (buyer) address must be listed.
4. A Quit Claim Deed requires a complete legal description.
5. Metes & bounds legal descriptions require a Plat Act affidavit.
6. A Quit Claim Deed requires the name & address of the Preparer.
7. A Quit Claim Deed requires “Mail to” information (name & address) - this is where the recorded document must be returned, after it has been recorded.
8. Taxpayer name & address for tax bills must be listed.
9. A Quit Claim Deed requires either a completed Illinois PTAX-203 form or a signed & dated exemption statement.
10. Local municipal transfer tax stamps must be obtained at the local municipality prior to being submitted to the Recorder of Deeds Office.
Here is a list of the Lake County municipalities that require a stamp or statement of exemption prior to recording with the county. Please contact the specific municipality for additional information.
Buffalo Grove……….(847) 459-2500
Highland Park……….(847) 432-0800

Lake Forest…………..(847) 234-2600

Lincolnshire……………..(847) 883-8600

Mettawa…………………(847) 573-1460

North Chicago…………(847) 596-8600

Town of Fort Sheridan (within Highland Park)…………. (847) 432-0800

Town of Fort Sheridan (within Highwood)……………….. (847) 432-1924

Please note that unincorporated properties with post office addresses from these communities are also required to comply by obtaining a letter of exemption from the specific municipality.

FORM REQUIREMENTS FOR A QUIT CLAIM DEED
1) A Quit Claim Deed shall consist of one or more individual sheets measuring 8½” x 11”, not permanently bound and not a continuous form.
2) A Quit Claim Deed shall be legibly printed in black ink, handwritten, typewritten or computer-generated. Signatures and dates may be in contrasting colors if they will reproduce clearly.
3) A Quit Claim Deed shall be on white paper of not less than 20 pound weight and shall have a clean margin of at least one-half inch on the top, the bottom and each side.
4) The first page of the Quit Claim Deed Form shall contain a blank space, measuring at least 3” x 5”, in the upper right-hand corner (For Recorder’s Use Only)
5) A Quit Claim Deed shall not have any attachment stapled or otherwise affixed to any page.
A Quit Claim Deed that does not conform to these standards shall not be recorded except upon payment of the additional fee required under this paragraph. This paragraph applies only to the documents dated after January 1, 1995.



BASIC RECORDING FEES FOR A LAKE COUNTY QUIT CLAIM DEED:
# OF PAGES……………….STANDARD DOCUMENT.........NON STANDARD
1-4……………………………………….$39.00…………………………...$51.00
5……………………………………………$40.00………………………....$53.00
6…………………………………………..$40.00…………………………...$55.00

DEED COPY:
You can request a copy of your present Deed from their office in person, by mail, fax, phone or email. If your request is by phone or fax you will need to pay with a credit card. Please call our Copies/Microfilm Department at 847.377.2678 if you wish to place an order.

PAYING FOR RECORDING AND COPY FEES:
They accept cash or checks (made payable to the Lake County Recorder), as well as Discover, MasterCard and VISA credit card payments for all services that they provide.

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Your municipality may require a transfer tax
Exemptions from Transfer Tax
The following transactions are exempt from the transfer tax under 35 ILCS 200/31-45:
(a) Deeds representing real estate transfers made before January 1, 1968, but recorded after that date and trust documents executed before January 1, 1986, but recorded after that date.
(b) Deeds to or trust documents relating to (1) property acquired by any governmental body or from any governmental body, (2) property or interests transferred between governmental bodies, or (3) property acquired by or from any corporation, society, association, foundation or institution organized and operated exclusively for charitable, religious or educational purposes. However, deeds or trust documents, other than those in which the Administrator of Veterans' Affairs of the United States is the grantee pursuant to a foreclosure proceeding, shall not be exempt from filing the declaration.
(c) Deeds or trust documents that secure debt or other obligation.
(d) Deeds or trust documents that, without additional consideration, confirm, correct, modify, or supplement a deed or trust document previously recorded.
(e) Deeds or trust documents where the actual consideration is less than $100.
(f) Tax deeds.
(g) Quit Claim Deed or trust documents that release property that is security for a debt or other obligation.
(h) Deeds of partition.
(i) Deeds or trust documents made pursuant to mergers, consolidations or transfers or sales of substantially all of the assets of corporations under plans of reorganization under the Federal Internal Revenue Code or Title 11 of the Federal Bankruptcy Act.
(j) Deeds or trust documents made by a subsidiary corporation to its parent corporation for no consideration other than the cancellation or surrender of the subsidiary's stock.
(k) Deeds when there is an actual exchange of real estate and trust documents when there is an actual exchange of beneficial interests, except that that money difference or money's worth paid from one to the other is not exempt from the tax. These deeds or trust documents, however, shall not be exempt from filing the declaration.
(l) Deeds issued to a holder of a mortgage, as defined in Section 15-103 of the Code of Civil Procedure, pursuant to a mortgage foreclosure proceeding or pursuant to a transfer in lieu of foreclosure.
(m) A deed or trust document related to the purchase of a principal residence by a participant in the program authorized by the Home Ownership Made Easy Act, except that those deeds and trust documents shall not be exempt from filing the declaration.
QUESTIONS AND CONCERNS:
Please call their main office number at 847.377.2575 and the receptionist will transfer your call to the appropriate supervisor. In the event that the office supervisor is unavailable to take your call at that time, they have phone lines equipped with voice mail boxes and will respond back to you ASAP - so please do not hesitate to leave a message.
BUSINESS HOURS AND DIRECTIONS:
Their office hours are 8:30AM to 5:00PM Monday through Friday. They are located on the second floor of the administration tower of the Lake County Building at 18 N County St in Waukegan. Please call 847.377.2575 for directions
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