How to File a Quitclaim Deed in Cook County, Illinois

by George Lawrence J.D. ; Updated July 27, 2017

County property records offices keep information pertinent to parcels of land located in that county. The information includes a chain of title for the parcels of land, plus other information such as whether the land is encumbered by a tax lien. When a person receives title to land, he should record the deed with the county property records office. In Cook County, Illinois, there are six local offices where these deeds can be filed

Step 1

Double-check the quitclaim deed to ensure it correctly includes all required information. Illinois quitclaim deeds must list the name and address of the grantor (the person giving away the property), the name and address of the grantee (the person receiving title), and must describe the property at issue and be signed by the grantor. It must also be notarized.

Step 2

Write your name and address on the lines beneath “Mail To:.” When you file a deed, the property records office takes the original deed, makes a copy, and sends you back the original deed with a stamp indicating it has been properly filed. Be sure to include your address on the lines provided so that you will receive the deed after it is filed.

Step 3

Visit one of the Cook County Recorder of Deeds offices. Offices are located in downtown Chicago, Bridgeview, Markham, Skokie, Rolling Meadows, and Maywood.

Step 4

Give the deed to the clerk and ask for it to be “recorded.” Recording a deed means to file it. According to the Cook County Recorder of Deeds, it costs $38 to record a document as of 2010, plus $2 for each additional page.

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Based in Traverse City, Mich., George Lawrence has been writing professionally since 2009. His work primarily appears on various websites. An avid outdoorsman, Lawrence holds Bachelor of Arts degrees in both criminal justice and English from Michigan State University, as well as a Juris Doctor from the Thomas M. Cooley Law School, where he graduated with honors.

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