Standardization of Documents
Effective January 1, 1995, the Illinois Legislature
enacted a revision to the Recording Act which provides for the standardization
of recorded documents. Those documents recorded without complying to the below
requirements dates subsequent to January 1, 1995, which do not conform to the
new requirements, will require additional recording fees amounting to twice the
base recording fee which would otherwise be collected, less $30.00.
The following standards are
required under the law:
document shall consist of one or more individual sheets measuring 8.5 inches by
11 inches, not permanently bound and not a continuous form. Graphic displays
accompanying a document to be recorded that measure up to 11 inches by 17
inches shall be recorded without charging an additional fee.
document shall be legibly printed in black or blue ink, by hand, type, or
computer. Signatures and dates may be in contrasting colors if they reproduce
document shall be on white paper of not less than 20-pound weight and shall
have a clean margin of at least one-half inch on the top, the bottom, and each
side. Margins may be used for non-essential notations that will not affect the
validity of the document, including but not limited to form numbers, page
numbers, and customer notations.
4. The first
page of the document shall contain a blank space, measuring at least 3 inches
by 5 inches, in the upper right hand corner.
document shall not have any attachment stapled or otherwise affixed to any
A document that does not conform to these
standards shall not be recorded except upon payment of the additional fee
required under this paragraph. This paragraph, as amended by this amendatory
Act of 1995, applies only to documents dated after the effective date of this
amendatory Act of 1995.
*A highlighter is considered ink.