In Ohio, House Bill 525 went into effect on July 1st, 2009. This new law (ORC 317.114) creates standardization guidelines for documents that are recorded in Recorder Offices across the state.

  • Computer font size of at least 10 point;
  • Minimum paper size – 8 1⁄2 x 11, Maximum paper size – 8 1⁄2 x 14;
  • Black or Blue ink ONLY;
  • No use of highlighting;
  • Margins of 1 inch on each side of the page and on the bottom;
  • 3-inch margin on the top of the first page, reserved for recorder, auditor & engineer.

MUST BE BLANK SPACE.

  • 1 1⁄2 margin on the top of each of the remaining pages.

MUST BE BLANK SPACE.

THIS LAW DOES NOT APPLY TO:

  • Any document from any court or taxing authority;
  • Plats;
  • DD214’s
  • Any state or federal document;
  • Any document executed before the effective date of this law.

If a document signed does not conform to these guidelines, anadditional recording fee of $20.00 will be collected.

Click here to view the Standards Template