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These forms are being provided as a courtesy for use in the Lake County Recorder’s 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’s 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 payable to the Lake County Recorder. Recordings can be submitted in person to the Recorder's Office in the County Building or mailed to the Lake County Recorder, 18 N County St., Waukegan, IL 60085-4358. For further clarification please call 847.377.2575.

(pdf 253KB)
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"
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Use this timeline as a guide to convert the transfer tax stamp amount to an approximate sales price for the transfer.
(pdf 255KB)
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"
(pdf 537KB)
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"
(pdf 508KB)
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"
(pdf 253KB)
Please use this form for removal of social security numbers & other personal numbers on imaged documents recorded in the Lake County Recorder’s Office.  "Fillable"
(pdf 45KB)
Tips on how to comply with the requirements of a "Standard Document". Size & margins are illustrated and an easy to read chart of multiple page recording fees has been included.
(pdf 280KB)
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"
(pdf 232KB)
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.
(pdf 239KB)
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, IL. Print out and either fax or mail the completed form to this office to receive your copy.  "Fillable"
(pdf 402KB)
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"
(pdf 36KB)
Information to assist in recording documents in Lake County, IL.
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Information on how to release a lien recorded in Lake County, IL.
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Information on how to use the Online Access search application to find documents
(pdf 56KB)
Information regarding the collection of Real Estate Transfer Taxes in Lake County, IL.
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Plat Act Affidavit for recording deeds in unsubdivided areas (metes and bounds legal description).
(pdf 245KB)
Guidelines and reference information for plat recordings.
(pdf 133KB)
PTAX 203 form only; for filing Illinois Real Estate Transfer Declaration.
(pdf 296KB)
This fill-in form can be used to report and correct errors on previously recorded PTAX 203 documents.  "Fillable"
(pdf 44KB)
This memo highlights the latest revisions made to the Illinois Real Estate Transfer Declaration Form.
(pdf 400KB)
PTAX 203 form and instructions for filing Illinois Real Estate Transfer Declaration.
(pdf 209KB)
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.
(pdf 34KB)
Form and instructions for Illinois Real Estate Transfer Declaration PTAX 203B as required by Illinois Department of Revenue per Public Act 93-0657.
(pdf 25KB)
Form and instructions for Illinois Real Estate Transfer Declaration PTAX 203NR as required by Illinois Department of Revenue per Public Act 93-1099.
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This brochure provided by the Recorder of Deeds provides important definitions on property ownership, senior tax programs and reference information.
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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.
(pdf 53KB)
A historical list the beginning document number for each year back to 1880.

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Mary Ellen Vanderventer
Lake County Recorder of Deeds
18 N County St - 6th Floor
Waukegan, IL 60085
Phone: 847.377.2575
Fax: 847.984.5860
Email: recorder@lakecountyil.gov

Office Hours: Monday-Friday 8:30am to 5:00pm