The purpose of the Cook County Recorder of Deeds website is to provide convenient online access to our recorded database, free of charge. The records we maintain safeguard the most valuable assets families and businesses possess - their real property. In the years that this website has been available to the public, there have been in excess of 6 million visitors, with more visiting every day.
Mortgage Fraud and Foreclosure Prevention
Though things are improving, the housing market still remains in bad shape, and many communities and families are still dealing with the effects of foreclosure and blight. I want you to know that my office is available to help families avoid foreclosure and address mortgage and conveyance fraud. I urge everyone to check their deed on this website twice each year for suspicious filings and to sign up for our free Fraud Alert system, which can email or text you anytime a document is recorded against your property.
The most effective way to prevent property fraud is through vigilance. This website provides eight ways to examine your property:
1. Property Identification Number (PIN) Search*
2. Grantor / Grantee Search
3. Document Number Search
4. Legal Description Search
5. Recorded Date Search
6. Subdivision Search
7. Trust Number Search
8. Purchased Documents Search
* NOTE: This search uses the 14-digit number assigned to your property and found on your Real Estate Tax Bill, and is the most accurate way to search.
I also want to remind you that certified copies of your land documents can be purchased via the internet on our website. You can pay securely by credit card (VISA or MasterCard) and we will mail the certified copies to your home or office the next day after your order is confirmed. Recently, we have been informed that companies are offering homeowners certified copies of land documents at an exorbitant cost. This is a practice that my office does not condone and we urge you acquire your documents directly from our offices for a lower fee. Only my office can certify public land records in Cook County and it’s cheaper and more efficient to purchase them directly from the Cook County Recorder of Deeds Office.
To cure lending industry ills and mitigate instances of homelessness, our office participates in programs designed to fight predatory lending in Cook County.
The Anti Predatory Lending Database Program began in 2008 when the Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation expanded a 2005 lending tracking database from a 10 ZIP code pilot area to include all mortgages recorded in Cook County. Every mortgage recorded in Cook County now requires either an Exemption Certificate or a Certificate of Compliance to be included as the cover page on each recorded mortgage. For more information about the Anti Predatory Lending Database program, contact IDFPR at 1-866-266-4120 or visit the database website: www.ilapld.com.
The Quit-Claim Deed Notice
On September 15, 2006, the Recorder's Office instituted a postcard notification program to owners of real property on which a Quit-Claim Deed had been filed. The postcard asks the owners if they had knowledge of the recording against their property. If they were aware of the recording against their property, then they are not required to take any action. If the owners were not knowledgeable of the recording against their property, the postcard provides telephone numbers to call for assistance in identifying and remedying fraudulent recordings.
Thank you for visiting our online home. I hope you have found our website helpful. If you need further assistance, please don't hesitate to call us at the numbers listed at the bottom of this page.
Karen A. Yarbrough
Cook County Recorder of Deeds