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The La Crosse County Register of Deeds has real estate copies of documents recorded or filed for property located in La Crosse County only. If you need copies of documents for property located outside of La Crosse County, please contact
the county where the property is located. A listing of Wisconsin counties can be found by clicking here.
All requests for copies received at La Crosse County Register of Deeds office are usually processed the same day and are either emailed same day or mailed within one business day following receipt using regular mail. Payment is required at the time the order is placed and may be by cash or credit card (there is a $1 fee for using a credit card)
You can use Paygov and a major credit card to order real estate document copies online. You must know the volume and page or document number and the approximate year it was recorded. (Call 608-785-9644 or 608-785-9645 for this information if needed.) The cost is $2 for the first page and $1 for each additional page per document (if you don't know how many pages a document is please contact our office before placing an order) plus Paygov charges a service fee of about $1.00. Regular service is emailed same day. Expedited service is available for an additional fee. Click here to order. If you need certified copies those will be mailed within 1 business day.
If you wish to record legal documents affecting real estate such as deeds, land contracts, mortgages, satisfactions and assignments, you will need to use a form which conforms to the Wisconsin standard document format. Most office supply firms offer forms which do meet the requirements of Wisconsin Statute 59.43(2m)
Use of the standard document format helps to assure that important pieces of information are not inadvertently omitted, that the document is legible, and that it is properly indexed. Use of the standard document format also makes processing and retrieval more efficient.
Most states in the Midwest require some type of standard document format. If you are from a state outside of Wisconsin, you may add a cover-sheet to your document to make it conform to the Wisconsin standard document format. You can print or type the document title, return address, and parcel identification number in the proper locations and attach the cover-sheet to the front of your document so that it becomes the first page.
Requirements of the standard document format are as follows:
Remember, you still need:
Real Estate Legal Descriptions
A Complete Legal Description should include the following information: