Document Standards & Requirements
All documents presented for recording must be legible and reproducible and shall have typed or legibly printed on them the names of all signatories including the names of acknowledging officers beneath the original signatures. Documents must be signed, dated, and notarized. For all documents pertaining to real estate, a complete legal description is required. (The abbreviated legal description found on tax statements should not be used.)
A minimum of 3 inches of space is required at the top of all documents. Immediately below this space must be typed the name, address, and phone number of the individual who prepared the document. Each document of conveyance (excluding mortgages and assignments and releases of mortgages) is required to have the following statement immediately below the preparer's information: "Address Tax Statement To: (Name and address of the taxpayer)."
Document Formatting Standards
In order to comply with national standards, Iowa has adopted Document Formatting Standards. Effective July 1, 2009, all documents presented for recording MUST meet the requirements outlined in chapters 331.606A and 331.606B, Code of Iowa. Click on the link below to review these standards.
Transfer Tax & Calculator
Transfer tax will be affixed to all deeds conveying real estate with a consideration of over $500. Transfer tax is based on $0.80 per each $500 of value, with the first $500 being exempt. (Click the link below to calculate the transfer tax.) If a document is exempt from transfer tax, the exemption pursuant to Chapter 428A.2, Code of Iowa, must be stated on the face of the document.