Forms (English)

These forms are being provided as a courtesy for use in the Lake County Recorder of Deeds Office. It is strongly recommended that you obtain legal counsel from your attorney prior to taking final action with these forms - as changes in ownership may have tax, inheritance and other legal ramifications.

Please note that the Lake County Recorder of Deeds Office cannot provide legal advice to assist you in completing these forms.

Print out the form and complete it. Submit the form with the appropriate recording fee (PDF) payable to the Lake County Recorder. Recordings can be submitted in person to the Recorder of Deeds Office in the County Building or mailed to:
Lake County Recorder
18 N County Street
Waukegan, IL 60085-4358

For further clarification please call 847-377-2575.

Affidavit for Certification of Document Copy (PDF) - This form is used when the original is not available and a copy is being recorded. Please complete and attach to copy for recording. (55 ILCS 5/3 5013) "Fillable"

Converting Transfer Tax Stamp Amount to Sales Price (PDF) - Use this timeline as a guide to convert the transfer tax stamp amount to an approximate sales price for the transfer.

Cover Sheet for Recording (PDF) - This coversheet page is used to record non-standard documents that lack the space necessary to affix the recording stamp as well as for re-recorded documents "Fillable"

Deed Packet - Quitclaim (PDF) - This packet features fee schedule, sample deed, ownership definitions, recording requirements, and transfer tax information. A blank deed form is included, however your deed may also require a Plat Act Affidavit and/or an Illinois PTAX 203 form to be eligible for recording. "Fillable"

Deed Packet - Warranty (PDF) - This packet features fee schedule, sample deed, ownership definitions, recording requirements, and transfer tax information. A blank deed form is included, however your deed may also require a Plat Act Affidavit and/or an Illinois PTAX 203 form to be eligible for recording. "Fillable"

Document Image Redaction Request Form (PDF) - Please use this form for removal of social security numbers and other personal numbers on imaged documents recorded in the Lake County Recorder of Deeds Office. "Fillable"

Document Standards Template with Fee Information (PDF) - Tips on how to comply with the requirements of a "Standard Document". Size and margins are illustrated and an easy to read chart of multiple page recording fees has been included.

eReceipt Request Form (PDF) - This form is intended for use by document submitters to request copies of their receipts. Submit this completed form along with your unrecorded documents and you will receive your receipt information via email within 24 hours of recordation. "Fillable"

Lake County Real Estate Transfer Tax Ordinance (PDF) - This is a copy of the Lake County ordinance pertaining to the collection of the real estate transfer tax. The Recorder of Deeds Office collects this tax on behalf of Lake County.

Military Service Discharge Record (DD214) Request Form (PDF) - Per Public Act 093-0468, this form must be completed to request a copy of any military service discharge record that has been recorded in Lake County, Illinois. Print out and either fax or mail the completed form to this office to receive your copy. "Fillable"

Military Service Discharge Record (DD214) Request Form - SF180 (PDF) - If a DD214 was not previously recorded in Lake County, use this fill-in form to request copies of military service discharge records from the National Personnel Records Center (NPRC) in St Louis, MO. Please click on the "more information" link below to be re-directed to the National Archives Veterans' Service Records website. "Fillable"

Plat Act Affidavit (PDF) - Plat Act Affidavit for recording deeds in unsubdivided areas (metes and bounds legal description).

Plat Recording Guidelines (PDF) - Guidelines and reference information for plat recordings.

Real Estate Transfer Declaration PTAX 203 (PDF) - PTAX 203 form only; for filing Illinois Real Estate Transfer Declaration.

Real Estate Transfer Declaration PTAX 203 Correction Affidavit (PDF) - This fill-in form can be used to report and correct errors on previously recorded PTAX 203 documents. "Fillable"

Real Estate Transfer Declaration PTAX 203 Form Updated (PDF) - This memo highlights the latest revisions made to the Illinois Real Estate Transfer Declaration Form.

Real Estate Transfer Declaration PTAX 203 Full (PDF) - PTAX 203 form and instructions for filing Illinois Real Estate Transfer Declaration.

Real Estate Transfer Declaration PTAX 203A (PDF) - Form and instructions for Illinois Real Estate Transfer Declaration PTAX 203A for non-residential property over $1 million and/or as required by Illinois Department of Revenue.

Real Estate Transfer Declaration PTAX 203B (PDF) - Form and instructions for Illinois Real Estate Transfer Declaration PTAX 203B as required by Illinois Department of Revenue per Public Act 93-0657.

Real Estate Transfer Declaration PTAX 203NR (PDF) - Form and instructions for Illinois Real Estate Transfer Declaration PTAX 203NR as required by Illinois Department of Revenue per Public Act 93-1099.

Senior Services Brochure (PDF) - This brochure provided by the Recorder of Deeds Office provides important definitions on property ownership, senior tax programs and reference information.

Transfer Tax Exemption Statement (PDF) - This statement must be included with deeds that are exempt from paying the Illinois Real Estate Transfer Tax. Please sign, date and note the paragraph of exemption. The Illinois PTAX 203 instructions list the exemption paragraphs on page 3.

Year / Document Number Table (PDF) - A historical list the beginning document number for each year back to 1880.