Howard County, IN

Brook Cleaver - Recorder


Thank you for visiting your online gateway to the Howard County Recorder's Office. Here you will find information, forms, news and many answers to your questions about recording documents and searching for information.
The Howard County Recorder's Office preserves many of the community's most important records, ranging from home mortgages and neighborhood covenants to business names and military discharge documents. Our dedicated staff is committed to providing you with fast and accurate assistance with your recording and searching needs.
Our turnaround time is approximately two days.
We look forward to serving you and we hope that this web site gives you a head start in the important business you may transact with the recorder's office.
Sincerely,
Brook Cleaver
Howard County Recorder
If you questions or concerns, please contact our office:
Brook Cleaver, Recorder
Karen Klein, Chief Deputy Recorder

What Does the Howard County Recorder Do?

From the 2009 Guide to Indiana County Government
(Published by the Association of Indiana Counties)
The county recorder's function is to maintain permanent public records involving a wide variety of instruments. These documents detail transactions involving real estate, mining, personal property, mortgages, liens, leases, subdivision plats, military discharges, personal bonds, etc. {IC 36-2-11-8} Generally, all of these instruments are recorded either for giving legal public notice of their existence or for safekeeping and future reference.
The recorder maintains and preserves all legal documents affecting title to real property. These records are the legal basis for determining ownership. The degree with which the recorder fulfills his or her responsibilities ultimately forms the legal foundation for the institution of private property.
The recorder is a member of the county commission on public records, which has authority over the preservation or disposition of all public records maintained by the county. {IC 5-15-6}.
(Generally see IC 36-2-11, for the duties of the county recorder.)