Checklist for preparation of Documents to be recorded
Fee Schedule
Your document format must conform to Wisconsin Act 110, Standard Document Format implemented September 1, 1996. Requirements include 3 by 3" blank space in upper right hand corner, minimum 1/2 inch margins at the top of each page, minimum 1/4 inch margins on sides and bottom of first page, white standard weight paper, black ink and no hinged pages.  See link below for more information on Standard Document Format
Standard Document Format
The document title must be within the top 3" but not encroach on the 1/2 inch top margin or the recording area.
A return name and address must be entered on the document either under the recording area on the right or else on the upper left corner under the space for the document number.
The entire document must be legible and reproducible.
Parcel Identifier Numbers (PIN) are required on documents in some counties. Check with your local register of deeds about this requirement. If it is required, the PIN must be located directly below the return name and address.  See link below for more PIN information
Parcel Identifier Numbers
Documents pertaining to real estate require the complete legal descriptions of the property.  See link below for more information on complete legal descriptions
Complete Legal Descriptions
Original signatures are required.
The document must refer to land within the county it is recorded.
A complete Wisconsin Real Estate Transfer form, revised November, 1997 or later, is required for conveyances.  The next two links provide Instructions and more information.
Real Estate Transfer
Wisconsin Real Estate Transfer Fee Information
Multiple mortgage, assignments or satisfactions may not be placed on the same instrument.
A notary's acknowledgement and valid commission date are required.
The correct recording fee is required.  See Fee Schedule below
Fee Schedule
Record the document in the appropriate county.  For County information see link below
List of Counties
About Uniform Commercial see link below
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