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The County of DuPage
Wheaton, Illinois

About Recorder's Office

Recorder Overview

The Recorder's Office is Dedicated to Customer Service through Communication, Attention to Detail and a Commitment to Excellence.

As the DuPage County Recorder, I believe first and foremost that service is the main objective of the office. My staff is willing to assist you in any manner possible. Please keep in mind that we are not attorneys and cannot dispense legal advice. If you have questions about the preparation or legality of a document, you should consult with an attorney. When you are ready to record your documents, you may either mail them or present them for processing to my staff.

The Recorder's Office has a number of forms for your convenience available by selecting the Forms & Fee Schedules link. Your attorney or a local office supply store provides most of the other forms necessary for you to achieve the recording result you require.

Recording fees are established by the Illinois State legislature and the DuPage County Board and are mandatory upon the Recorder. Instruments are recorded only upon the receipt of the proper fee, which may be in the form of cash, check, Visa or Mastercard.

Your document will be retained so that it may be entered into the computer and subsequently filmed and imaged for permanent archival purposes. Your document will then be returned to you by mail.

If in the future you would have need of a copy of a document that has been recorded, you may either come in during office hours and search for the document or retrieve a copy from the web site. Extensive information may be obtained by personal search either in the office, on the Internet or by employing one of the title companies serving DuPage County.


Recorder Office Administration

DuPage County Recorder:

  • Fred Bucholz

Executive Staff:

  • Anthony D. Manzzullo, Chief Deputy Recorder
  • Guillermo Franco, Computer Operations Manager
  • Colleen Malay, Administrative Assistant


History and Growth of the Recorder's Office

The DuPage County Recorder's Office is the official land records office for all real estate located in this County. The foundation of what was to become the Recorder's Office was laid in 1215 A. D. with the signing of the Magna Carta which provided for state protection of land ownership.

The Recorder's primary responsibility is the accurate and timely maintenance of the indexing of documents in the chain of title to DuPage County land whose value today exceeds 65 billion dollars. Your property and its ownership is filed in the Recorder's Office.

Today, revenue taken in by this office exceeds 15 million dollars annually. This revenue is based on fees provided by the Illinois State legislature in the Illinois Compiled Statutes and is deposited in the County corporate fund.

The Recorder's Office has seen many changes over the years. As recently as the mid 1970's, documents were indexed by hand. I have completely automated the office to incorporate into use the rapidly changing technological breakthroughs. I have recently installed an imaging system, which permits customers to retrieve documents from a personal computer.

When a customer utilizes the Recorder's Office today to record a document, their receipt is computer generated and their document is available on a computer search within 24 hours. Information has been made available to the public, which has never been available previously. Title companies and other committed users of my office have the ability to access, at their office location, information maintained in the Recorder's Office. This has provided a new and valuable source of revenue for the County and its taxpayers.

I have compiled pertinent information relative to the recordation of instruments in the Office of the DuPage County Recorder. Within you will also find a schedule of fees and many other items of use and interest.

Serving you, remains my primary mission. I remain committed to the citizens of DuPage County and continually strive to enhance and improve the services of the Recorder's Office. If I or any member of my staff may be of assistance to you, please do not hesitate to call or visit.


Fred Bucholz Signature

Fred Bucholz