Franklin County Recorder
373 South High Street
Columbus, Ohio 43215-6310
Phone (614) 525-3930
Fax (614) 525-4299
Hours M-F 8am to 4:45pm
E-Recordings are accepted by our office, but not for transfers of real property. Documents that meet all legal and standardization requirements, that do not transfer real property, may be e-recorded. Documents that transfer real estate should start the transfer process with the Franklin County Auditor.
The Recorder's office does not have their own e-recording platform, but there are a number of private companies that provide e-recording services that are then consolidated and sent to the Recorder. These service companies may charge additional fees.
Companies currently e-recording with Franklin County include Ingeo, Simplifile, CSC Global, ePN, and Indecomm Global Services.
The Franklin County Recorder’s Office is accepting documents completed with both electronic and online notarization as long as they meet the requirements set forth by the Ohio Legislature and the Ohio Secretary of State.
How to fill out the deed forms from the Franklin County Law Library:
1) Read the entire form carefully. You will get a good idea of what goes in each blank by reading what comes before and after the blank.
2) Enter all the names of the current owners of the property as the "first party" on the deed. These are the grantors.
3) Enter all the names of the persons you want to be owners of the property as the "second party" on the deed. These are grantees. Note: if you are adding a name to the deed, you list the current owner and the new owner both as "second party".
4) In the blank asking for the described parcel of land, enter the legal description of the property from the prior deed. You can obtain a clean cpy of the legal description from the Franklin County Recorder's Office. You can then label the legal description "Exhibit A" and write "See Attached Exhibit A" in the blank. (You cannot just attach the entire prior deed because conveyance standards prohibit multiple grantor/grantee clauses in one deed.)
5) Each grantor must sign the deed in front of a notary public. There is a notary at the Franklin County Auditor's Office. Each deed that transfers real estate must start the process at the Auditor's Office.
6) The deed is filed at the Franklin County Recorder's Office.
373 S. High St., 19th Floor
Columbus, Ohio 43215
Monday through Friday
8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Documents that transfer real estate must start the transfer process with the Franklin County Auditor because DTE 100 or DTE 100EX must be completed. If a homestead exemption is requested, then DTE 101 must also be completed.