Lake County Office History

The purpose of the Recorder's Office is to maintain land records in an organized and easily accessible format. Many types of documents are recorded for public record. Without the County Recorder's office, economic stabilizers and interests such as accurate land ownership, title transfers and mortgage histories would be almost impossible to measure. Commonly, attorneys and title companies use the Recorder's office to run title checks on properties being purchased. These checks are made to determine proper ownership and to see if any liens exist upon the property in question. Every time a piece of land changes ownership, a title company is required to perform this check. Though most commonly used by title companies, most records, except restricted ones like Military Discharges, within the Recorder's office are public record and are accessible by citizens. The Lake County Recorder's funds are generated through the fees associated with recording and retrieving documents.