Recorder – Janelle Schneider
Deputy Recorder – Mandy Dolan
Part-time Clerk – Joni Raper

The office of the County Recorder was created by the first Legislative Assembly of the Territory of Iowa in 1839. The basic duty of the County Recorder is to maintain official records of documents affecting title to real estate in order to preserve property rights and protect innocent third parties in real estate transactions.

Every parcel, building, and piece of property in the county is represented in a recorded document that our office has recorded; we protect and we preserve those documents for future generations. These documents are a visible sign of a massive behind-the-scenes process that is foundational to the rest of the economy. The County Recorder’s office is at the hub of the courthouse function to serve you. A significant portion of duties performed by other county officials is dependent on the work performed by your County Recorder.

Duties of the Recorder

  • Record and maintain documents affecting title to real estate
  • Record vital records (Birth, Death & Marriage) and issue certified copies
  • Issue marriage licenses
  • Register and title boats, snowmobiles and ATV’s
  • Issue various types of hunting and fishing licenses
  • Collects real estate transfer tax for the Iowa Department of Revenue
  • Collects and reports the County Auditor’s fee on transfer of property

When presenting documents to be recorded, please be sure they are the original, not a copy.

The Adair County Recorder’s Office DOES NOT:

  • Provide legal services
  • Provide legal documents

The Adair County Recorder’s office can now accept Visa and MasterCard payments. A convenience fee will be applied for this method.