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Register of Deeds
The purpose of the Register of Deeds Office is to preserve and maintain the land records of Franklin County.  We pledge to maintain them in good working order for all to use.  Our goal is to provide friendly, efficient, and cost effective service.

The Register of Deeds Office is a recording agency and therefore cannot make out legal documents or give advice which pertains to legal matters.

The Register of Deeds Office files and records documents that pertain to real estate.  These documents include:
  • Deeds
  • Mortgages                                                                
  • Oil and gas leases
  • Affidavits
  • Plats


Filing fees are set by state statute.

2016 Fee Schedule
NOTE:   Mortgage Registration Tax calculated at .15 cents per $100 dollars of the principal amount of indebtedness. K.S.A. 79-3102 Revised 7/1/14.

2016 Uniform Commercial Code

Notice - Franklin County is now doing E-Recording.  For more information, or to get started, contact Simplifile at 800-460-5657.  All you need is a PC, scanner, and high-speed internet access.

Documents presented for filing are given a filing time, book and page, and then indexed according to names and legal descriptions.

This office also files liens on personal property - also known as UCC (Uniform Commercial Code) filings. These would include federal and state tax liens, and liens for automobile repairs and fixtures.

Brief History

The earliest records in the Register of Deeds Office date back to the 1860's. Genealogists researching their lineage rely on the early records of the county.

Normal Hours:
  Mon-Fri  8am - 4:30pm
Recording Hours:
  Mon-Fri  8am - 4pm

315 South Main
Ottawa, KS  66067
Phone: (785)229-3440
Fax:     (785)229-3441

Sue McCay
Register of Deeds

Debbie Harris-Eckhoff
Deputy Register of Deeds