Policy and Fee Schedule

 

FILING FEES (Effective January 1, 2013 through January 1, 2018)(Section 33-109)(LB 14)

The filing fees for the Register of Deeds’ offices in the State of Nebraska are as follows:

  • 1st Page of Document = $10.00
  • 2nd Page and Subsequent of Document = $6.00

The above fees pertain to ALL documents filed in the Register of Deeds’ office with the exception of the following:

  • UCC Financing Statements, Amendments and Continuations – remains the same fee at $10 for the first page and $.50 for each additional page       
  • Federal & State Tax Lien Termination – No Fee
  • UCC Termination – No Fee
  • Relinquishment – No Fee

DOCUMENTARY STAMP TAXES (Effective 7/1/2005)(LB 40):

Documentary Stamp Tax = $2.25 per thousand

  • In August 2011 the NE Dept. of Revenue Property Division has provided a new version of Form 521.  You may access the new Form 521 at http://pat.ne.gov/  under “Forms.”  
  • Item 25 has been added to the new Form 521, which the filer must complete.  A list of exemptions is available from the Register of Deeds or at www.revenue.ne.gov/PAD under “Featured Information.”  Click on “Documentary Stamp Tax” then click on “Documentary Stamp Tax Exemptions Chart.”  
  • Register of Deeds WILL NOT accept a deed for recording unless items 1 through 25 are properly completed and a Real Estate Transfer Statement, Form 521 is signed. Please follow the “Instructions” for completing the Form 521.
  • All Death Certificates now require a completed Real Estate Transfer Statement (Form 521).
  • All Easements now require a completed Real Estate Transfer Statement (Form 521).

SPACE REQUIREMENTS (Effective 8/27/11)(Section 23-1503.01)(LB 254):

  • Shall contain a Blank Space at the top of the First Page which is at least 3 inches X 8 ½ inches.  IF THE FIRST PAGE OF THE DOCUMENT PRESENTED FOR RECORDING DOES NOT HAVE THE REQUIRED BLANK SPACE, WE WILL ADD A COVER PAGE AT THE COST OF AN ADDITIONAL PAGE.
  • “No attachment” or affirmation shall be used in any way to cover any information or printed material on the instrument.  (ex. Nothing may be taped or attached to an instrument) 
  • Every Instrument presented for recording shall have on the first page BELOW the 3 inch margin a return address and the Title of Document.  If this space is not provided, a cover sheet will be added and an additional $6.00 will be charged.

Margin Requirments:

  • 1” on both vertical sides and 1” on the bottom.  This applies throughout the document.

Instrument Requirements:

  • At least 8 ½” x 11” and no larger than 8 ½ ” x 14”
  • Shall be printed, typewritten or computer generated in BLACK ink
  • Must be WHITE paper, of not less than 20lb weight
  • Must be legible
  • All signatures on an instrument shall be in black or dark blue ink
  • Names of each party shall be typed, printed or stamped beneath the original signature
  • Stamps shall not cover or interfere with any part of the instrument
  • Font size shall be at least 8 point

Exceptions to the rule:

  • Instruments signed before August 27, 2011
  • Instruments executed outside of the United States
  • Certified copies from governmental agencies (ex. death certificates)
  • Instruments signed by an incapacitated or deceased person at the time of recording
  • Instruments formatted to meet court requirements
  • State & Federal Tax Liens
  • UCC Instruments
  • Plats, Surveys, etc.

 PHOTOCOPIES AND FAXES

  • In-Office photocopies of documents are:  Letter size-25 cents per page; Legal size-30 cents per page; Ledger size-35 cents per page
  • Faxed, Emailed or Mailed out copies of documents are: $1.00 per page
  • Certified Copies of documents are: $1.50 per page

Research of Property or Abstracting is not done by the Knox County Clerk or office personnel.