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Home Recording Requirements
Alabama Recording Requirements PDF Print E-mail
BASIC REQUIREMENTS:
  FORM REQUIREMENTS:
 
Paper:
  •  8 1/2" by 11" accepted
  • 8 1/2" by 14" (maximum accepted)

Deeds/Subordination

Agreement

  • Fair Market Value (FMV)
  • Legal Description
  • Previous Recorded Information Required
Non-Standard Fee:

 

 
Lost Affidavit
  •  Accepted
Margins:
  •  First Page: 3" by 3" Top-Right corner; 1" other sides.
  • Other Pages: 1"
   
Death Certificate
  •  No affidavit required
Print:
  •  Black or Blue Ink
  • 10 point font minimum
   
Power of Attorney
  •  Original Only(copies not accepted)
  • Legal Description
Preparer Info:
  •  Name & Address
  • "Instrument Prepared by:" or "Prepared by:"
     
Vesting:
  •  No unique requirements
   COMMON REJECTION REASONS:
Martial Status:
  •  Required
 
  •  Previous recorded information not present or incorrect.
APN/PID Number:
  •  Not Required
 
  •  Prepared by statement missing.
Witnesses:
  •  Two witnesses required - only if notary seal/stamp is not present.
 

 

Printed Names:
  • Required below all signatures
 

 

Legal:
  • Include state, county, and municipality in 1st paragraph
  • Must accompany all instruments
  • Previous Recorded Instrument Information
 

 

Notary:
  •  Date of Acknowledgment
  • Expiration Date of Notary
  • Stamp or Seal
  • "Acting in..." statement if notary is in a different county than commissioned
 

 

SPECIAL CHARACTERISTICS:

Jefferson County split into two divisions: Birmingham and Bessimer (last two digits book number 59-63).

 

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