Why do documents get recorded? Colorado is a Race-Notice state: the recording of documents that affect real property must be made public record and serve as notice to others that someone has an interest in the property.
How do documents get recorded? Documents are sent to the Douglas County Recording office in paper or electronic format. A list of fees for recording different types of documents is included in the FAQ below.
What kinds of documents get recorded? Most of the documents recorded in the Recording office are specific to real estate. However, any document that meets the margin requirements (top margin of 1 inch and bottom/side margins of at least 1/2 inch) can be recorded as long as the appropriate fee is received. If you are recording a document that will impact the ownership of your property, we recommend you contact the Assessor’s office, an attorney, and/or title company before proceeding.
Use Caution When Recording a Document: The very point of recording a document is to make it public for all time. Please use caution when recording a document that contains information of a sensitive nature, as the entire public will have access – online or otherwise – to all contents of the recording.