Welcome to the Register of Deeds of Thomas County
Our mission in the Register of Deeds office is to maintain and preserve public records according to the statutes of the State of Kansas and make them easily accessible for public viewing. Our office handles real estate transactions, oil and gas instruments, geneology, DD214’s, Tax Liens, cemetery deeds and UCC Codes. (UCC’s are now filed in the Secretary of State’s Office, Topeka, Kansas. www.kssos.org)
Filing fees and required indexes are set by State statute. Our earliest records, beginning in 1885, are hand-recorded in books. In 1972 we began microfilming records in-house. Starting in 2004 we enter into a database on the computer, as well as continue to hand write in all the indexing books. On July 16, 2014 we started recording documents electronically using Simplifile. To start E-Recording contact Simplifile at: 800-460-5657 or visit simplifile.com for more information.
This office is governed by the Kansas Open Records Act. Almost all records in the Register of Deeds office are required by law to be open to public inspection during regular business hours. The exceptions are the Kansas Real Estate Sales Validation Questionnaire and military discharge records, which are open to authorized persons.
General Recording Requirements
Documents presented for recording in the Register of Deeds office must be signed, notarized, of sufficient legibility with a font of at least 8 or larger, to produce a clear and legible reproduction, and must have a complete legal description. The legal description is found on a previous deed, not from the the Appraisers office website. This typically includes a lot and block number and division or subdivision name for platted property. Unplatted areas usually contain section, township, and range numbers. Forms and additional information can be found on the Register of Deeds website. ksrods.org.
When a document is recorded in our office, it is assigned a book and page number and a time of recording. The document is photocopied, entered onto the computer, and scanned to form a computer image. The document is indexed in several ways to allow for future retrieval. The original document is returned to the sender.
The Thomas County Board of Commissioners passed a resolution that our office will not refund $5.00 and under. Effective January 1, 2015 the amount will change to $20.00 and under.
What We Can Do
- Record properly prepared documents
- Provide information of property ownership and mortgages
- Assist in genealogical research
What We Cannot Do
- Prepare legal documents or provide legal advice
- Determine if title is good and clear
- Provide sale price of land transactions
The Register of Deeds Office is here to assist you. Please call our office or stop in and we will do our best to provide the information you require. If we are unable to help you, we will suggest other sources of information that might be useful