Monroe County, Indiana

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Recorder

About the Office

Our office is open Monday-Friday 8-4 and      is located in Room 122 of the courthouse at 100 W. Kirkwood Avenue.

To allow staff time to balance accounts at the end of the day, all documents submitted for recording must be received prior to 3:30 p.m. Documents received after 3:30 p.m. will be recorded on the next business day.

Our office will be closed Monday, June 19.

SCHEDULE OF FEES/RECORDING REQUIREMENTS

Our schedule of fees (with all recording requirements) can be found here.

PLEASE NOTE:  Recorder's fees and Auditor's fees need to be paid separately   (i.e. on two separate checks).

Credit Card Payment Notice:  We are now able to accept credit card payments again.

SUBMITTING DOCUMENTS

  • U.S. mail to our P.O. Box                   (preferred address)     

             Monroe County Recorder                                             P.O. Box 1634                                                                         Bloomington, Indiana 47402-1634

  • In-person, over-the-counter recording     
  • Electronic recording for businesses:
    • Non-transfer documents can be submitted via Simplifile, CSC/iRecord and Indecomm.
    • Submit transfer documents (deeds, etc.) via Simplifile. We strongly encourage businesses to use this method if at all possible.

BUSINESSES:  If your office has any concerns, please feel free to contact us.

ACCESSING DOCUMENTS

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Amy Swain, Monroe County Recorder

What does the Monroe County Recorder do?

In 1816, the Office of County Recorder was the first local office created by the State of Indiana constitution.  It is the primary duty of County Recorders to record instruments submitted for recording and maintain those records for perpetuity.

A County Recorder processes and stores a range of documents, most related to real estate, that are submitted for recording.  See the list below.

PLEASE NOTE:  Documents must meet all necessary conditions.  For more, please visit our "Fee Schedule" and “Recording Requirements”  pages.

Visit the GIS Website

A variety of property information can be found on Monroe County's Geographic Information System (GIS) at https://www.co.monroe.in.us/department/division.php?structureid=150.  It is free to use.

Racially Restrictive Covenants Mapping Project

Beginning at the end of 2021, the Monroe County Recorder's Office began the process of identifying properties that had racial restrictions stated within their deeds historically, or within the subdivision/addition plat map.  Our goal is to educate and inform the public of the existence of these documents.  To learn more, visit the project page HERE.

PLEASE NOTE:  Covenants with restrictions concerning a person's race, such as barring ownership or residence by race, were declared illegal in 1968 with the passage of the federal Fair Housing Act.  See Indiana HB 1314 from 2021 HERE.

Documents Processed by Indiana County Recorders

  • Deeds
  • Mortgages
  • Assignments
  • Releases
  • Powers of Attorney
  • Real Estate Contracts
  • Annexations
  • Trustee Elections
  • Affidavits
  • Surveys
  • Federal Tax Liens
  • Mechanics Liens
  • Delinquent Sewer Liens
  • Military Discharges (often referred to as the "DD-214" forms)
  • Cemetery Deeds
  • Elected/Appointed Officials' Bonds
  • Subdivision Plats
  • Horizontal Condominium Plats
  • Firms Doing Business Under Assumed Names
  • Miscellaneous Documents
Other Office Responsibilities Include:
  • File Uniform Commercial Code instruments
  • Supply copies of any recorded instrument and certifies to, upon request, those recorded
Access Records Online

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Online document viewing from January 1991 to the present.  Residents get six free searches per month, and businesses pay a subscription fee based on usage. Directions for use of the DoxPop service can be found in the comprehensive help section on their website.

If you require a document older than January 1991 that is not yet available in DoxPop, please contact our office and let us know what you need. Requests made before 2 p.m. should be available in DoxPop by the following morning.

    PROPERTY WATCH             fraud alert system            (free to Monroe County residents)

The service allows you to receive alerts whenever your name or property information is entered on a newly recorded document. This new service is provided to the residents of Monroe County at no charge.  Go HERE.

Contact Us

Monroe County Recorder Office
100 W Kirkwood Ave
Bloomington, IN 47404
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  • Phone: (812) 349-2520
  • Staff Directory
  • M-F 8-4 (Eastern Std Time) Room 122

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