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The Recorders Office is not bonded to perform lien searches, you will need to contact a Title Search company to perform such searches.
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The Recorders Office is located at : 227 W Jefferson Blvd 3rd Floor County City Building South Bend IN 46601 574-235-9525
The Recorders Office is open daily 8-4:30 Monday- Friday. We do remain open during lunch hours with limited staffing.
There is free 2 hour street parking available on most downtown streets from 6am to 6pm.
If you think you will need more time there are a couple parking garages that charge a small fee.
The Recorders Office cannot change a recorded document as it is a permanent record. If you want to make changes to the deed, a new document would need to be prepared and recorded at the current recording fee rate. The Recorders Office does not have blank forms and cannot prepare a document for you. You may either prepare it yourself or contact a real estate attorney to prepare it on your behalf.
The Recorders Office files the DD214 and a copy is available for free from our office, you must provide ID to get a copy, they are not available to the general public.
We offer both free basic searches and paid expanded searches, through Laredo and Tapestry.
Mortgage exemptions are handled in the St Joseph County Auditors Office, which is located on the 2nd floor of the County City building ( 227 W Jefferson Blvd, South Bend IN 46601). You will need the recording number, date it was recorded, amount of the loan (if any) and name of loan company. The Recorders office can provide you all this information either over the phone 574-235-9525 or in person. Questions about exemptions should be addressed to the Auditors Office 574-235-9529.