The Office of the Cook County Recorder of Deeds (CCRD) accurately records, stores and maintains land records and other official documents in perpetuity for public and private use, facilitating home ownership and mortgage lending. The Recorder's staff works to provide access to this information in an accurate, efficient and courteous manner, both in our physical offices and online.
The Cook County Recorder's Office also maintains a Property Fraud Unit to help homeowners investigate fraudulent filings against their property and coordinate law enforcement efforts on behalf of victims. We also safeguard vital military discharge records and operate a Veterans Service Office to provide veterans and their families with dignified and attentive service.
Mandates and Key Activities
Operates pursuant to Illinois State Statue 55ILCS 5/3-5001
Records documents, collects fees, creates a property index database with a historical perspective, and implements new legislation
Images every document and maintains it in an electronic format and makes them available, at an authorized cost, to public and private entities
Works with law enforcement and victims of property fraud pursuant to Public Act 98-99
Mails postcard notifications to property owners when a “Quitclaim Deed” affecting ownership of property is recorded.
Safeguards DD-214 military discharge records and protects them from public view
Operates four full service satellite offices across Cook County for customer convenience
Collects Transfer Stamp fees and remits to the County and State accordingly
Extracts relevant data from recorded documents for a computer-searchable property index database that makes public records easy to find and use
Converts older records from unstable microfilm to digitized images for preservation
Ensures network access to the Recorder’s database for county departments requesting private access
Maintains an online records database that allows remote access and purchasing
Offers a free Property Fraud Alert program to allow property owners to register their property to receive a phone call or email alert whenever a document is recorded reflecting property activity. This will help prevent property fraud and identity theft.
Maintains a Veterans Service Office (VSO) as a statutorily sanctioned repository for DD-214 discharge records. Veterans can record this document for free and receive a free certified copy.
Veterans Discount card program which can be utilized at various Cook County merchants and retailers for goods and services, or other appropriate savings promotions at their discretion.