In order to comply with national standards, Iowa has adopted Document
Formatting Standards. Effective July 1, 2009, all documents presented for
recording (except those listed below) MUST meet the requirements outlined in
chapters 331.606A and 331.606B, Code of Iowa.
||All documents shall consist of one or more individual pages not
permanently bound or in a continuous form. A page means a writing,
printing, or drawing, other than a plat of survey or a drawing related
to a plat or survey, occurring on 1 side only, and not larger than 8 1/2
x 14. The document shall not have any attachment stapled or otherwise
affixed to any page except as necessary to comply with statutory
requirements. However, individual pages of a document may be stapled for
presentation for recording. Labels that are firmly attached are
||The first page of each document shall have a top margin of at least
3 inches of vertical space from left to right which shall be reserved
for the recorderís use. All other margins on the document shall be a
minimum of ĺ of one inch. Nonessential information such as page numbers
or customer notations may be placed in a margin except the top margin.
||All preprinted text shall be at least 8 point in size and no more
than 20 characters and spaces per inch. All other text typed or computer
generated, including but not limited to all names of parties to an
agreement, shall be at least 10 point in size and no more than 16
characters and spaces per inch.
||Each document shall be of sufficient legibility to produce a clear
||Each document shall be on white paper of not less than 20 pound
weight without watermarks or other visible inclusions.
||All signatures on a document shall be in black or dark blue ink and
of sufficient color and clarity to ensure that signatures are readable
when the document is reproduced. All names shall be typed, printed, or
stamped beneath the original signature.
||Embossed or inked stamps shall not cover or otherwise materially
interfere with any part of the document.
Each document that is presented for recording shall have the following
information on the first page below the 3 inch margin:
||Prepared By: The name of the business, name of the individual,
address and phone number
||A return name and complete address
||Taxpayer Info: The name and address of the taxpayer for any document
||The title of the document
||The names of all grantors and grantees
||The legal description
||***If insufficient space exists on the first page for all of the
information described in numbers 1-6 above, reference the page number
where that information is located on the first page.
||Documents dated on or after July 1, 2007, may not include any
personally identifiable information. Personally identifiable information
is defined as an individualís Social Security number, bank account
numbers, credit account numbers, or debit account numbers.
The following documents are exempt from document formatting requirements:
||A document that was signed before July 1, 2005.
||A military separation document.
||A document that was executed outside of the United States.
||A certified copy of a document issued by a governmental agency,
including a vital record.
||A document where one of the original parties is deceased or
||A document formatted to meet court requirements.
||A federal tax lien.
||A filing under the uniform commercial code, chapter 554.
||A plat or survey or a drawing related to a plat or survey.
Non-standard Fee: On or after July 1, 2005, a document that does not conform
to the document formatting standards shall not be recorded except upon payment
of an additional recording fee of $10.00 per document or instrument. However,
the non-standard fee may not be applied to the following:
||The legibility requirements
||The requirement to include the taxpayer information on documents of
||The requirement that all documents have original signatures in black
or dark blue ink and the names of the parties typed below their
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