Our mission at the Recorder's office is to maintain public records according to the statutes of the State of Missouri and make them easily accessible for viewing by the public. We provide data on real estate transactions and historical perspective, marriage records, military service records, tax liens, miscellaneous deeds and fixture filings. (Uniform Commercial Codes are filed at the Missouri Secretary of State's office.) See Secretary of State:
Our earliest records, beginning 1835 through 2002, were hand-recorded in books. Beginning 2002, records were hand-recorded and then scanned into a database. In November 2007, a new state of the art automated system with document bar-coding and scanning for preserving records was implemented. The scanning system updates and provides easy accessibility to link records. Indexing data information and images are available back through February 1989. We provide access to three public viewing stations, located in the Recorder's office, available to the public at no charge. (Any copies made the statutory fees apply.)
For protection and maintenance, access to the internet website records with images is available by contract agreement only. See Online Service Agreement Form. Indexing data without images is available online free of charge. Since 1835 land documents had to be mailed or physically taken to the Recorder's office to be recorded by hand. In November 2007 the Johnson County Recorder's office began accepting electronic recordings. Now, electronic documents are transmitted to our office through a portal and payment made by ACH. The documents arrive at the Recorder's office in seconds. They are examined and fully recorded or rejected and returned to the submitter within minutes. See E-Recording for information and application to electronically record documents. Future plans include extending back data and images to 1980.