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H.B. 200 Enrolled






Chief Sponsor: Craig A. Frank

Senate Sponsor: Mark B. Madsen

             8      LONG TITLE
             9      General Description:
             10          This bill modifies provisions relating to county recorders.
             11      Highlighted Provisions:
             12          This bill:
             13          .    establishes requirements for documents submitted for recording with the county
             14      recorder's office;
             15          .    authorizes county recorders to establish certain standards for documents submitted
             16      for recording with the county recorder's office;
             17          .    requires a county recorder who intends to establish those standards to provide notice
             18      and an effective date at least three months after the notice;
             19          .    authorizes county recorders to charge and collect an additional fee for documents
             20      that fail to comply with formatting requirements;
             21          .    provides exceptions to the requirements for certain documents; and
             22          .    makes technical changes.
             23      Monies Appropriated in this Bill:
             24          None
             25      Other Special Clauses:
             26          None
             27      Utah Code Sections Affected:
             28      AMENDS:
             29          17-21-20, as last amended by Chapter 173, Laws of Utah 2000

             31      Be it enacted by the Legislature of the state of Utah:
             32          Section 1. Section 17-21-20 is amended to read:
             33           17-21-20. Recording required -- Recorder may impose requirements on
             34      documents to be recorded -- Prerequisites -- Additional fee for noncomplying documents
             35      -- Recorder may require tax serial number -- Exceptions.
             36          (1) Subject to [Subsection] Subsections (2), (3), and (4), each paper, notice, and
             37      instrument required by law to be filed in the office of the county recorder shall be recorded
             38      unless otherwise provided.
             39          (2) Each document executed on or after July 1, 2007 that is submitted for recording to
             40      a county recorder's office shall:
             41          (a) unless otherwise provided by law, be an original or certified copy of the document;
             42          (b) be in English or be accompanied by an accurate English translation of the
             43      document;
             44          (c) contain a brief title, heading, or caption on the first page stating the nature of the
             45      document;
             46          (d) contain the legal description of the property that is the subject of the document;
             47          (e) comply with the requirements of Section 17-21-25 and Subsections 57-3-105 (1)
             48      and (2);
             49          (f) be notarized with the notary stamp with the seal legible; and
             50          (g) have original signatures.
             51          (3) (a) Beginning September 1, 2007, a county recorder may require that each paper,
             52      notice, and instrument submitted for recording in the county recorder's office:
             53          (i) be on white paper that is 8-1/2 inches by 11 inches in size;
             54          (ii) have a margin of one inch on the left and right sides and at the bottom of each
             55      page;
             56          (iii) have a space of 2-1/2 inches down and 4-1/2 inches across the upper right corner
             57      of the first page and a margin of one inch at the top of each succeeding page;

             58          (iv) not be on sheets of paper that are continuously bound together at the side, top, or
             59      bottom;
             60          (v) not contain printed material on more than one side of each page;
             61          (vi) be printed in black ink and not have text smaller than seven lines of text per
             62      vertical inch; and
             63          (vii) be sufficiently legible to make certified copies.
             64          (b) A county recorder who intends to establish requirements under Subsection (3)(a)
             65      shall first:
             66          (i) provide formal notice of the requirements; and
             67          (ii) establish and publish an effective date for the requirements that is at least three
             68      months after the formal notice under Subsection (3)(b)(i).
             69          (c) If a county recorder establishes requirements under this Subsection (3), the county
             70      recorder may charge and collect from persons who submit a document for recording that does
             71      not comply with the requirements, in addition to any other fee that the county recorder is
             72      authorized to charge and collect, a fee that:
             73          (i) is calculated to recover the additional cost of handling and recording noncomplying
             74      documents; and
             75          (ii) may not exceed $2 per page.
             76          [(2)] (4) (a) To facilitate the abstracting of an instrument, a county recorder may
             77      require that the applicable tax serial number of each parcel affected by the instrument appear
             78      on each instrument before it may be accepted for recording.
             79          (b) If a county recorder requires the applicable tax serial number to be on an instrument
             80      before it may be recorded:
             81          (i) the county recorder shall post a notice of that requirement in a conspicuous place at
             82      the recorder's office;
             83          (ii) the tax serial number may not be considered to be part of the legal description and
             84      may be indicated on the margin of the instrument; and
             85          (iii) an error in the tax serial number does not affect the validity of the instrument or

             86      effectiveness of the recording.
             87          (5) Subsections (2), (3), and (4) do not apply to:
             88          (a) a map;
             89          (b) a certificate or affidavit of death;
             90          (c) a military discharge;
             91          (d) a document regarding taxes that is issued by the Internal Revenue Service of the
             92      United States Department of the Treasury;
             93          (e) a document submitted for recording that has been filed with a court and conforms to
             94      the formatting requirements established by the court; or
             95          (f) a document submitted for recording that is in a form required by law.

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