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Dear Friends,

I am very excited to announce that we are now doing even more to protect you, the residents of Lake County, from potential property and mortgage fraud! As we continue finding ways to “Do Good Deeds For You”, the Recorder’s Office is now providing Property Check. Property Check is a free, easy-to-use, 24/7 online service that will alert subscribers, via email or text message, whenever a document is recorded against their name and/or property. According to the FBI, property and mortgage fraud is the fastest growing white-collar crime. To address this concern, simply click the “PROPERTY CHECK” link above or find the navigation tab to the left, and register today. You will find complete and easy-to-follow directions on the sign up page. However, if you have questions or would like more information, please call the Lake County Recorder’s Office at 847.377.2575.

The Recorder of Deeds Office is responsible for recording, archiving and retrieving any document submitted to be recorded. We are the “keepers of history” and are doing all we can to protect that history while providing accessible information!

As always, our website is here to provide you with the information you need to conduct business with us. The tabs on the left are designed to explain "what we do" and to increase public confidence that business with the Recorder's Office can be conducted quickly, efficiently - and best of all - easily!

We welcome the public to drop by at any time to review our documents, which date back to 1844, and to ask any of our friendly staff members for help.

In addition to deeds and mortgages, the staff records plats of subdivision, ordinances and annexations, liens and releases, articles of incorporation, Uniform Commercial Code filings, military service discharge papers and other various document types that have been submitted to become public record.

All of us in the Recorder's Office are dedicated to providing you with the best possible servi​ce.


Mary Ellen Vanderventer





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Mary Ellen Vanderventer
Lake County Recorder of Deeds
18 N County St - 6th Floor
Waukegan, IL 60085
Phone: 847.377.2575
Fax: 847.984.5860

Office Hours: Monday-Friday 8:30am to 5:00pm

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