Seal of Dane County County of Dane
Register of Deeds Office

Copies of Recorded Documents

There are several methods for retrieving copies of recorded documents. For the fastest service, use Tapestry, the online program. You can order documents from your home or office with this method. If you wish to have the copies certified you will need to use method #2 or #3 below.

1. Order Recent Documents with Tapestry

If your document was recorded in 1972 or later and you know the party names, you can get the copy online through TAPESTRY. You must also have Adobe Acrobat on your computer and a major credit card. The cost is $8.75 for the search. (If you get no search results then you are not charged.) Then you can look at the document details to make sure you have the right document. It is an additional $1.00 to view and print each page. Therefore, a 6-page mortgage will cost $14.75. Take care to stay in the program until you have made copies of all the desired pages of documents in your search results list so as to avoid the cost of another search. If your copies must be CERTIFIED, use #2 or #3 below.

2. Order Documents at the Register of Deeds Office

You can come into our office and request a copy. You must know the party names, the legal description or the address of the property, and the approximate year the document was recorded. The cost is $2 for the first page and $1 for each page thereafter. Therefore, a 6-page mortgage will cost $7 plus you will have to pay for parking. A certified copy of a document is an additional $1.00 per document. You must pay for the document with cash - no checks are accepted.

3. Order Documents by Mail

If you know the document number, volume and page, year the document was recorded, and number of pages so that you can calculate the fee, you can send a request by mail along with a stamped, self-addressed envelope. Your money order for the correct amount (to "Register of Deeds") must accompany the request. Allow about 2 weeks for the copies to be sent to you.