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General Information

Recording Hours: Weekdays 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Legal Forms

Deschutes County Clerk's Office does not provide legal forms. Deschutes Public Library is one online resource available to you.

Credit Reports

The County Clerk's Office preserves and makes available to the public including credit reporting agencies all records affecting the title to real property. The Clerk's Office does not distribute information to credit reporting agencies. If an error appears on your credit report our office may be able to assist you in finding the source information. It is your responsibility to identify misinformation and to work with the agency(ies) in removing any mistakes found in a credit report.

Legibility Requirements

In accordance with state laws, the County Clerk's Office shall preserve all records affecting the title to real property. All documents are permanent records and must be legible for the integrity of the public record.

Non-Standard Form Fee

A $20 non-standard fee is added in addition to all other fees to instruments that do not meet the requirements as defined in ORS 205.232, 205.234, and 205.327. For more information see Recording Checklist.

Legal Descriptions

A legal description is not a tax lot number or street address. Acceptable legal descriptions are:

  • A subdivision name with lot and block
  • A metes and bounds description
  • Partition plat recording and parcel number
  • Reference to a Book and Page of any previously recorded Deschutes County public record where the description may be found

Recording of Corrected Documents (ORS 205.244)

Any document that has been previously recorded may be re-recorded to make corrections in the original document.

The corrected document need not be acknowledged again.

A statement shall be written on the first page of the document or a first page attached to the document. We recommend you use our cover page if you're attaching a new first page. The statement shall contain the words:

"Re-recorded at the request of _______________________ to correct ______________ previously recorded in Book _________ and Page _________ and/or Fee Number ______________."

If you do not have the original document to correct and re-record with the above statement, you will need to request a certified copy of the instrument. The next step is to record the unaltered certified copy of the instrument along with a cover page clearly indicating the changes or corrections. You may attach additional pages to the unaltered certified copy.

Please contact us if you have questions about this process.

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Clerk's Office


Monday-Friday, 8:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.

Services that stop at 4:00 p.m. daily:
Issuing Marriage Licenses
Processing Passport Applications
Recording Real Property Documents


Deschutes Services Building
1300 NW Wall Street, 2nd Floor
Bend, OR 97701

Mailing Address:

P.O. Box 6005
Bend, OR 97708-6005




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