Changes to Missouri Statutes Affecting Recorders of Deeds s
2011 Missouri Legislation
Signed Into Law
Senate Committee Substitute for
House Bill 186
Section 59.021 RSMO
Establishes qualifications and appointment process for County Recorder of Deeds in counties where Recorder and Circuit Court Clerk and separate offices, except charter counties (Jackson County, Jefferson County, St. Charles County, St. Louis County) and City of St. Louis:
+Candidate for Recorder must be
at least age 21 years
a registered voter
a resident of County for at least one year
+Recorder must retain County residency during term of office
+In case of vacancy due to death or resignation, County Commission must appoint Interim Recorder until Governor makes appointment.
- This law would have established photo identification requirements for elections. The St. Louis City Recorder and Registrar produces- at fee- documentation required for issuance of a Missouri Driver's License or Missouri Identification Card.
The Recorder and Registrar cannot issue free Birth Certificate copies. The City of St. Louis pays the State of Missouri to access the State's Vital Records Database. The fee applies each time the Recorder and Registrar's Office searches for or produces a Birth Certificate copy.
The Recorder and Registrar cannot issue free Certified Copies of Marriage Licenses. Under Missouri law, each Certified Copy of a Marriage License issued by a County Recorder of Deeds requires a $7.00 fee deposited to the Missouri Children's Trust Fund.