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Deeds, Mortgages, Releases and Other Instruments

Deeds, mortgages and releases are among the most commonly recorded documents and account for over 80 percent of all recordings.

Information for the proper recording of a deed or trust document may be found in, but not limited to, the Illinois Compiled Statutes, Chapter 765 ILCS, Property, Chapter 55 ILCS, Article 3, Division 3-5 Recorder, and Chapter 35 ILCS, Revenue.

All deeds or trust documents must be accompanied by an Illinois Department of Revenue Real Estate Transfer Declaration or a Statement of Exemption. 

The Real Estate Transfer Declaration is created by the Illinois Department of Revenue.  If you have questions in regard to this form, you may contact the Illinois Department of Revenue.

    Illinois Department of Revenue
    101 West Jefferson Street, P. O. Box 19033
    Springfield, Illinois 62794-9033
    217.785.6619 or 217.782.4568

For further, specific information regarding Transfer Declarations, lease refer to Illinois Compiled Statutes, Chapter 35, Revenue, Act 200 Property Tax Code, Article 31. Real Estate Transfer Law.

The Statement of Exemption permits you to claim an exemption from the transfer tax for your particular transaction. For the exact list of exemptions, please refer to Chapter 35 ILCS, Section 200/31-45 exemptions, or refer to pages 44 and 45 in the appendix.


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