• 61 South Main Street Farmington, Utah 84025
  • M-F 8am to 5pm

Compliance with UCA 57-10-11

The Davis County Recorder's Office, in collaboration with other Davis County departments, requires that document submissions that create new metes and bounds descriptions, including Subdivision Dedication plats, must use the Utah State Coordinate System of bearing rotations, otherwise known as NAD 83  (North American Datum), in compliance with directives contained in Utah Code Annotated Title 57-10-11, commencing January 1, 2021, as passed in the 2019 Utah State Legislature.

Questions concerning this information may be directed to 801-451-3225, attn:  Richard Maughan.

Davis County Recorder's Office Procedures

Office services are available during regular business hours Monday - Friday, from 8 AM to 5 PM.   At present, no appointments are necessary.  On-line services through REDI-Web are available through the regular subscription process.  Please contact the Davis County Information Services office for details.

This office will continue to record electronically submitted documents, In-person recording, recording of documents delivered by U. S. Postal Service or other package delivery  services.




Keeping The County's Land Records Since 1870

The Davis County Recorder is an elected official whose office and duties are mandated by the State Legislature and governed by state law. The primary function of the office is to keep the real property (land) records for Davis County and provide the county assessor and treasurer's office with information necessary for assessment and taxation.

All information on file in the County Recorder's office is public information and may be viewed and utilized by anyone during normal office business hours (8AM - 5PM, weekdays, except holidays) with the exception of statutorily protected private records.   Property ownership, dimensions, acreage, legal description and history (abstract) of each of the approximately 150,000 parcels of land within the Davis County limits are available in the office records.  Boundary information such as taxing units, utility districts, special service districts  city limits, and subdivision plats and information is also available.

The office keeps an up to date ownership map (plat) set of the entire county as well as complete indexes to all records for all parcels of land.  The office maintains such miscellaneous items as workman's and mechanic's liens, water claims, federal tax liens and military discharges. Certain restrictions apply to Military records.

The Recorder's office is responsible for records of the land itself only. All records of improvements such as structures etc. are maintained by the County Assessor's office.

Services Offered

The County Recorder's office contains the historical land records for Davis County from 1870 to the present. Records since 1981 are computerized and microfilmed, prior records reside in book format. All records are open for public inspection during regular office business hours. Department personnel can help patrons who come into the office with current ownership and other current information such as size, location and dimensions. They can also assist patrons in getting started with historical searches. Employees are not permitted to search the records on behalf of patrons. Telephone requests for limited information such as parcel ID numbers, current ownership, acreage or limited recording information can be honored. Requests for metes and bounds legal descriptions or dimensions will not be honored over the telephone.  For more information, look at Property Search.

Abstracts and many other records since 1981 are also available over the internet on a subscription basis in our REDI-Web application. Please contact Davis County's Information Systems department at 801-451-3347 for fees and application information.

Information contained in computerized abstract printouts and ownership screens, recorded document copies, plat maps and subdivision maps are available for purchase. See the Fees section for a price list.

Forms of exchange

The Davis County Recorder's office currently accepts cash and checks, debit and credit cards, with applicable usage fees, $10 minimum purchase.  Currently the office does not honor phone order purchases.  ACH accounts can be arranged by special arrangement with the office, at 801-451-3465.

Legal Advice

The Davis County Recorder's Office will not provide any legal counsel, advice, or opinion to any office patron.  We recommend those who seek legal advice to contact competent licensed legal counsel for recommendations or solutions to legal questions. Any reliance made or action taken as a result of statements, opinions, discussions or perceived recommendations made by or held with any officer, agent, or representative of the Davis County Recorder's Office is the responsibility of the client. Neither Davis County, the Office of Davis County Recorder, nor its employees, officers, agents, or representatives accept any responsibility or liability for any disputes or legal issues which may arise as a result of instruments recorded in the office of County Recorder.


Recording Document$40.00 per document
Recording Subdivision Plats$50 per page, plus $2 per lot or unit.
Other Fees
Document Copy$1.00 per page
Computer print out -  Abstract$0.50 per page
Computer print out - Legal Description$0.50 per page
Computer print out -  Ownership Information$0.50 per page
Plat Map  18" x 18"$3.00
Dedicated Subdivision Map - full sized - 21" x 30" or larger$4.00
Mailing FeesAs above, plus $1.00 minimum
Certified Copy$1.00 per page plus $5.00 document certification fee

Recording Documents: $2 per additional descriptions beyond the first 10.  No additional fees will be added.

Military Discharge (DD Form 214): No fee to record

Special Printout Fees:   Contact the office for the types of information available.  801-451-3225

This office will accept debit and credit cards with applicable usage fees applied to the recording or purchase fees, $10 minimum purchase.  No phone-in orders please.

ACH credit accounts are available through special arrangement with the office.  Please call 801-451-3225 for more information.

Meet the Staff

The Davis County Recorder’s office is pleased to have a staff of dedicated, well-trained and knowledgeable people whose experience and expertise complement Davis County government, and who provide the public with outstanding service and accurate and timely information regarding the public land records.  Please stop by and let us meet you.

Administrative Officers
Richard T. MaughanDavis County Recorder - Utah Registered Abstracter, Utah Licensed Title Officer
Laile H. LomaxChief Deputy Recorder - Utah Licensed Title Officer

General Questions

Many office supply stores, stationery stores, or business forms outlets have 'fill in the blank' forms available for nominal fee. These may be limited in variety, however, i.e. Quit Claim Deeds, Lien forms, simple Mortgage or Trust Deed forms. Caution must be taken to assure that the forms available from national chain firms meet Utah State law requirements for such documents. More complex forms such as Affidavits, Boundary Agreements, etc., are not available in a standard format. The office of County Recorder does not have blank forms available.

Commercially purchased forms prepared by patrons must meet all recording requirements before being submitted for recording. We recommend patrons seek professional assistance for such operations.

'Title' is ownership. There is no official form or certificate of title that can be traded or endorsed to a new owner, as with a vehicle title. Title is created by legal document duly signed, sealed, and delivered by legal holders of the estate, to a person, persons, or other legal entity. Once recorded, the legal document itself has no intrinsic value except as prima facie evidence that a conveyance was concluded. Its being recorded gives public notice of claim of ownership interest or 'title'. Official county records reflect title in real property created as a result of the last duly recorded and properly executed conveyance document.
  • "Tenancy" refers to the way in which two or more owners hold title to real property. Tenancy is created when a deed or other conveyance document between parties is recorded. The most common forms of tenancy are "Joint Tenancy" or "Tenants in common", although there are other less frequently used forms also. Each version has certain tax ramifications. We recommend our patrons seek competent legal and financial advice when considering a change in tenancy.
  • "Joint Tenancy" creates a survivorship circumstance between owners of the property. When title to real property is held in joint tenancy and upon the death of one of the owners, the deceased party's interest becomes the interest of the surviving party, in the case of one other party, or is divided equally among other surviving parties, if more than one. It is most commonly used in the case of a husband/wife ownership, or between family members.
  • "Tenants in common" creates an undivided interest in each of the Grantees, either in specific percentages or fractions, or in the absence of such declaration, in equal parts. In the event of the death of one of the parties, the deceased's interest becomes the property of the estate of the deceased. Utah Probate laws govern the distribution of such an interest.
The legal profession has been very active and creative in developing a variety of different Trust structures. Applying signatures to Trust Agreements may alter the legal status of personal holdings, but real property must be conveyed to a Trustee or Trustees of the Trust by legal document duly recorded in order for it to be properly identified in the tax rolls of the county as Trust property.

Real property held in trust is subject to the same requirements for real property taxation, transfer, or disposition as with any other real property. Questions regarding the status of real property held in trust should be directed to legal counsel.

Building permits are issued by the governing authority where the property is located, either in the municipalities, or through Davis County Planning and Zoning department. The proper execution, delivery and recording of deeds do not imply nor grant any specific right to any kind of permit for any particular purpose.
Any time real property is conveyed to either a municipality or the county, the deed of conveyance must contain the signatures and seals of the appropriate legislative authorities of the entity receiving the property, indicating their acceptance of the property (whether it's a purchase, trade, or gift). Real property cannot be conveyed to a non-taxed municipality or political subdivision (county) without such evidence of approval and acceptance.
We recommend that anyone filing a lien on real property for materials or labor be fully conversant with Utah lien laws governing such an action. The law establishes criteria under which liens may be filed, and specifically details circumstances under which liens are considered fraudulent or inappropriately filed. All forms presented for recording must meet the recording requirements established by Utah Code Annotated as Amended. See GENERAL RECORDING REQUIREMENTS. Recording of liens in the office of County Recorder does not validate any claims made under the lien, nor does it guarantee the payments of any sums claimed to be due under the lien. All enforcement measures are the responsibility of the party asserting the claim. CAUTION: There are rigorous penalties for anyone convicted of fraudulently or maliciously filing unfounded claims or liens against the property of another.
The combination of contiguous parcels for the convenience of receiving a single tax notice, or for other taxing purposes such as Greenbelt Application, occurs at the request from the property owner when a conveyance document such as a Quit Claim Deed is executed and duly recorded in the Office of County Recorder. The request for combination of parcels should be stated on the document, along with the legal descriptions to be combined. The parcels to be combined must meet certain criteria:
  • The parcels must be contiguous to each other.
  • They must have identical ownership and vesting.
  • They must be located within the same county taxing unit.
  • All owners must agree to such a combination.
All parcels must be current as to taxing status, as certified by the Office of County Treasurer.

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