Recording a Deed
W. Hardy McCollum
Tuscaloosa County Commission
P.O. Box 20067
Tuscaloosa, AL 35402
Phone: (205) 464-8204
Tuscaloosa County Courthouse
714 Greensboro Avenue, Suite 121
Tuscaloosa, AL 35401-1891
Office Hours: 8:30 am to 5:00 pmView Map
REQUIREMENTS FOR RECORDING A DEED
- Marital status of: grantor, mortgagor, assignor, or anyone transferring any interest in real property, including a mortgagee when satisfying or assigning a mortgage.
- Property in a subdivision must state Plat Book and Page as part of legal description.
- “This document prepared by__________” must be printed on the document.
- “Source of Title” is the Deed Book and Page of where grantor or mortgagor acquired the property. Format for source: Source of Title Deed Book_____Page_____Source is NEVER to be part of the legal description.
- If there is a statement on document, “less and except minerals” or “Surface Rights Only”, mineral tax is due at the rate of 15 cents per net acre, minimum of $1.00, must state on document total acres being severed or reserved, if deed is not the severing deed, state the Deed Book and Page of original severance.
- Make sure documents are notarized correctly.
- Make sure documents are legible.
- Make sure documents are signed correctly.
- Make sure all “Exhibits” are attached.
- Make sure you have a complete legal description and not that of the Tax Assessors office, which is only a partial description for tax assessment only.
- State on document which book to file in, Deed, Mortgage, UCC, Misc., etc.
- Document must contain an original signature or a certified copy from the court, certification must have an original clerk’s signature.
- UCC and attachments are to be submitted in duplicate.
- Submit mortgage and security agreement with three additional copies.
- Check must contain a physical address and phone number.
- Make checks payable to Judge of Probate.