Recorder Of Deeds

What is Property Fraud Alert?  When someone illegally uses your property for financial gain.
How does it happen?  Someone records a fraudulent document in the Recorder’s Office, making it look like they own your home or property.
Should I be concerned? Yes. According t the FBI, Property and Mortgage fraud is the fastest growing crimes.
What can I do about it? Subscribe free of charge at www.PROPERTYFRAUDALERT.COM  
What ways will I be contacted? You can sign up for receiving a phone call, email or text.
This service is offered in English and Spanish.
Any additional questions please call the Recorder’s Office at 660-259-6178.

IMG_8098_originalRecorder of DeedsJoAnn Swartz
Lafayette County Courthouse
1001 Main Street, Rm. 207
Lexington, MO 64067

Telephone:  660-259-6178
OFFICE HOURS - Marriage Licenses by Appointment Only!
8:30 a.m. to 4:30 pm.
Monday through Friday

The Recorder of Deeds office is governed by the state statutes of Missouri, and records, maintains and preserves the real estate land records for Lafayette County. The Recorder's office is responsible for recording many types of documents including:
  • Real Estate Deeds
  • Subdivision Plats
  • Surveys
  • Power of Attorney
  • Tax Liens
  • Universal Commercial Code Documents (Real Estate only)
  • Military Discharges
  • Marriage Licenses
  • Miscellaneous Documents
Effective August 23, 2023, the Lafayette County Recorder’s Office will no longer accept personal checks.

Acceptable means of payment include: Cash, Money Orders, Cashier’s Checks, Credit Card, and Debit Card

Records that we are not responsible for include:
  • Birth Records
  • Death Records
(information can be obtained through the Health Department or Bureau of Vital Records)

ONLINE RECORDINGThe Recorder’s Office is now accepting electronic recording through the following:
  • Simplifile
  • CSC
  • EPN
  • Indecomm
  • ICounty Technologies
Suggestions for less rejections with e-recording:
  • Blue or black ink for signatures without the use of fine point pens
  • Document needs to be legible and reproduceable on every page which includes how dark or light it appears
  • All information on the Notary stamp must be clear to read

Please call us at (660) 259-6178 with any questions.

ONLINE ACCESSThere are two options for online access to Lafayette County Recorder documents for the casual user.  For month-to-month charges go to:  For pay as you go charges go to:

Business online access is available via LAREDO from Fidlar Technologies.  To enroll contact Maureen Melson at 563-594-9910 or to open your account.

Lafayette County Disclaimer InformationThe County of Lafayette, its officers, employees and agents (“County”) do not represent nor endorse the accuracy or reliability of any of the information or advertisements contained on, distributed through, or linked, downloaded or accessed from any of the services contained on this website (“Materials”), nor the quality of any products, information or other materials obtained by the user as a result of any advertisement, offer or other information contained in or in connection with the Materials (“products”). Users acknowledge that any reliance upon any Materials is at their own risk. The service and materials are provided by the County on an “as is” basis and the County expressly disclaims any and all warranties, express or implied, including without limitation warranties of merchantability and fitness for a particular purpose, with respect to any direct, indirect, incidental, punitive or consequential damages of any kind with respect to the service, the materials or the products. The site provides links to information of interest to its users and, as such, there are many links to information that originates at sites not controlled or reviewed by the County. The County is not responsible for the accuracy, copyright compliance, legality or decency of such information. It is the responsibility of the user, or in the case of a minor, the parent/guardian, to restrict access to the Internet, to evaluate the value of any product or service described or offered therein. Real estate and marriage license information is PUBLIC RECORD and may be accessed in the Lafayette County Recorder of Deeds office. We provide access to three public view stations, located in the Recorder’s office, available to the public at no charge. For protection and maintenance, access to the internet website records is available by contract agreement only.

Recorders StatementOur commitment at the Recorder’s Office is to maintain public records according to the statutes of the State of Missouri and make them easily accessible for viewing by the public.  We provide data on real estate transactions and historical perspective, marriage records, military service records, tax liens, miscellaneous deeds and fixture filings.  (Uniform Commercial Codes are filed at the Missouri Secretary of State’s Office.)  See Secretary of State:

Our earliest records beginning 1821 through 2004 were hand recorded in books.  Beginning 2005, records were hand recorded and then scanned into a database.

In September 2009, a new system with document bar-coding and scanning for preserving records was implemented.  The scanning system updates and provides easy accessibility to link records.  Indexing data information and images are available back through May of 1991.

We provide access to two public viewing stations, located in the Recorder’s Office, available to the public at no charge (copies are available at $1.00 per copy).  For protection and maintenance, access to the internet website records with images is available through Fidlar Technologies at for month to month charge or for pay as you go.