COVID-19 News and Resources

The ILTA is dedicated to providing updated information and news regarding county and court closures throughout the state of Indiana as well as assistance and advice for handling this unprecedented development in our businesses and communities. This page will be updated throughout the coming weeks and months as the Association learns new information. 

**Please note: this information is being provided as a courtesy and the ILTA does not guarantee the accuracy herein. We are updating this information as we receive reports from our members and other industry partners.

***Please note: for ILTA members, this information is a courtesy.  Please contact your specific underwriter(s) for questions on what to do during this time.


Current as of May 26, 2020, 5:00 PM.
 
County Information and Links E-recording?
     
Adams The Recorder's office is closed to the public. Limited access by appointment only. Call 260-724-5343.
Adams website
Yes; Everything except for Large Plats and Surveys
     
Allen County Offices are closed to the public through May 11. Staff are in the office daily from 8-5. Access by appoinment only.
Allen website
Yes, Everything
     
Bartholomew

Starting Monday, June 1st the Commissioner will reopen our building to the public by appointment only through Monday, July 6th(Extended further if need be). Documents may still be placed in our drop box if you prefer. 

  • Masks required
  • Limitation of One (1) individual only for each appointment
  • Public must be met at back door (only) by office with appointment, and must go through temperature check.
 Bartholomew website
Yes
     
Benton Offices are open; however, appointments must be made in the office.  
Benton Website
Yes
     
Blackford County offices will be open to the public beginning Monday, May 11. Masks are required to enter the building. Enter from the north side only.
Blackford website
Yes; no deeds
   
Boone Open, but has been closed temporarily for deep cleaning. 
Boone website
Yes
   
Brown Beginning Monday, May 4th, Brown county offices will be staffed Monday-Friday, 8 am - 4 pm. Access to the public will be limited. Call first for access.
Brown website
Yes. eRecording is available and you can drop documents at the Recorder’s office for recording
   
Carroll Currently our Courthouse is closed to the public and we are not offering appointments at this time for searchers.  Our deeds are available back to Jan. 1978 on Doxpop and our Mtgs. and Misc. documents are available back to Jan 1984 on Doxpop.
Carroll announcement
Carroll website
Yes; no transfer documents
   
Cass Closed to the public. Staff is available by phone. Access by appointment. 
Cass website
Yes
   
Clark

Closed to the public.  Working with short staff, which may change next week depending on the Governor’s decision. Working by mail, email, e-file and phone calls. Allowing searchers by appointment and the number in at a time since the library is adjacent to the office. 

 Clark website

Yes
   
Clay Will allow essential visitors (searchers permitted) as long as they don’t show any symptoms
Clay website 
Yes
   
Clinton County Offices are closed to the public. We are open by appointment only for searchers. They are able to search our records and we just went onto Doxpop last week.  We are recording documents by mail, e-filing, UPS & FedEx.  We are trying to maintain being open 8-4 daily. Some other offices in our county will not allow anyone in and they have limited hours 10-2.
 Clinton website
Yes
   
Crawford All County Offices closed to public, but continuing to process electronic recordings.  Documents may be dropped off to the Recorder The Crawford County recorder is allowing title companies to come in on Tuesday’s and Thursday’s 8-4, and that can be arranged through the Crawford County auditor. There should be someone in the auditor’s office 8-4 every day except Wednesday. Their contact number is 812-338-2601.
Crawford website
Yes
   
Daviess

For searches and non-transfer recordings by appointment only.  Call 812-254-8696.

Scheduled days for transfer recordings, Tuesdays and Thursdays  1pm-3pm. No recordings after 3pm. Searchers allowed Tuesdays and Thursdays from 10 – 3.

Daviess website
Yes 
   
Dearborn
Dearborn County Government has recently adopted the policy urging citizens ‘to refrain from visiting the facility unless you have immediate business that cannot wait until this pandemic from COVID-19 is under control’.   Performing title searches for the purpose of buying and selling real estate, securing mortgages, and recording documents are definitely considered immediate business. Please understand that the County’s policy is subject to change, and you will be notified as soon as possible.  For any other business, please consider putting those projects on hold for the time being.  
Dearborn website
Yes; limited to non-transferable documents
   
Decatur
The Decatur County Courthouse will be open by appointment only beginning Friday, May 15th.  This will be for essential needs only.  Contact the office by phone to set up an appointment. 
Decatur website
Yes - Accepting erecordings and recordings via usps/fedex/ups
 
DeKalb
County Offices are closed to the public. Access by appointment.
DeKalb website
Yes; except large documents and surveys
 
Delaware County Offices closed to the public - access by appointment only.
Delaware Notice 3/18/20
Delaware Notice 3/22/20
Delaware website
Yes
   
Dubois
County offices are opened to the public Monday May 11th.  Searchers are permitted by appointment only by calling the Recorders office and will be limited to two people at a time.  Masks must be worn and all social distancing requirements will be enforced.  Records may also be accessed on DoxPop.  We are accepting all recordings via in person, mail, Fed Ex, UPS, and E-Recording.  
Dubois website
Yes.
   
Elkhart Closed to the public.
Elkhart website
Yes
   
Fayette Fayette County Courthouse is still closed to the public until May 19 when the Commissioners will re-evaluate the situation. Beginning May 6, the Recorder's office will allow searchers by appointment only. No one will be admitted without an appointment and only two searchers at one time. Recordings can still be mailed to the office for processing. DoxPop is still available for access to documents from 1994 forward.
Fayette website
No
   
Floyd City-county building closed to public as of 3/18. Some employees will be allowed to work from home; some will be allowed in to work under restricted circumstances. Access by appointment For a Laredo account, email  bbergmann@floydcounty.in.gov. 
Floyd County Commissioner Bulletin
Floyd website
   
Fountain County Offices are closed to the public 3/19 - 4/3. Searchers are still allowed by appointment.
Fountain website
Yes
   
Franklin Closed to the public. Appointments for searchers on Tuesdays and Thursdays. 
Franklin website
Yes
   
Fulton Offices closed to public except by appointment effective March 19. Temperature taken prior to entering and please wear a mask.
Fulton website
Yes
   
Gibson

Gibson County  opened to the public May 18th

Security is requiring screening at south side entrance door.  Searchers are permitted in

Research room by appointment only.  Please wear face mask before entering & handling the

Books.  Call 812-385-3332
Gibson website

Yes
   
Grant All county offices closed to public.  The Recorder will accept documents for filing. Use Laredo and Tapestry for searching.
Grant website
Yes
   
Greene Closed to the public.
Greene website
Green Facebook page
Yes
   
Hamilton Closed to the public. Access by appointment.
Hamilton Online Exemptions
Hamilton website
Yes
   
Hancock Hancock County Government has re-opened to the public working regular hours Monday – Friday 8-4
Hancock website
Yes
   
Harrison Closed to public. There are 2 people in office every day to handle phone calls and do e recordings and mail . A title searcher can come in by appointment only.
Harrison website
Yes - but not guaranteed
   
Hendricks County offices are closed to the public. Access by appointment.
Hendricks County Order
Hendricks website
Yes
   
Henry County Offices are closed to the public until further notice. Access by appointment only.
Henry website
Yes
   
Howard Effective, Monday, May 11, the Howard County Recorder’s Office is re-opening to the public by appointment only until further notice.  Please call 765-456-2210.
Howard County Notice
Howard website
Yes
   
Huntington County Offices are closed to the public. Searchers by appointment only. Encouraged to use Tapestry instead.
Huntington website
Yes; except large documents and surveys
   
Jackson County Offices are closed to the public. Access by appointment.
Jackson website
Yes
   
Jasper County Offices are closed to the public.  Searchers allowed by appointment.  Remote search is available now. 
Jasper website
No
   
Jay

We are closed to the public.  We are accepting appointments for searchers.  We are only allowing one in at a time so we can clean between searchers.  Our hours for searching are 9am- noon or 1pm – 4pm.  We now have security so the public needs to use the south door to the courthouse and the public is required to wear a mask and no signs of being sick.  If you have any other questions you are welcome to call 260-726-6940.

Jay website

Yes - may not be accepting
eRecordings at this time
   
Jefferson County Offices are closed to the public. By appointment only. Searchers can call ahead.
Jefferson website
No
   
Jennings

We are now accepting documents via mail and Simplifile. Closed to the public. Searchers by appointment and they can request copies of documents by sending payment and SASE.

Jennings Ordinance

Jennings website
Not accepting paper or electronic recordings at this time.
   
Johnson The building is closed to the public through May 4, 2020. Full staff is working and recording mail and electronic recordings including transfer. Searchers admitted by appointment.
Johnson County Notice
Johnson website
Yes
   
Knox Closed to the public. Staff is in the office everyday processing mail. Access by appointment.
Knox website
No
   
Kosciusko Closed to the public. We are accepting documents for recording through mail, FedEx, UPS and Simplifile; they are being processed and recorded. We are allowing searchers to come in by appointment.
Kosciusko website
Yes
   
LaGrange Closed to public.  Access by appointment.  We still record via mail, Fedex, UPS, electronic recording, or people can drop documents off to our security guard and he brings it to us.
LaGrange website
Yes
   
Lake

Opening to the public on May 26. Masks will be required.
Lake website

No
   
LaPorte County Offices are closed to the public until further notice.
LaPorte website
Yes
   
Lawrence

Now open.

Lawrence website
No
   
Madison The Recorder's office is closed to the public. Limited access for title researchers by appointment only. Call (765)641-9613.  Employees are set up to work remotely.  
Madison website
Yes
   
Marion Marion County Community Resources  Yes
  County Offices are closed to the public
Recorder Notice
Auditor Notice
Marion website
Marshall

Marshall County building is now open to the public. 8-4 EST.

Marshall website
Yes; except plats and surveys
   
Martin Martin County Offices closed to the public until further notice. Submit documents for recording by mail or e-file. Documents are processed daily. Searchers by appointment only.  
Martin website
Yes
   
Miami

The Miami County Courthouse and Annex buildings will reopen beginning, Tuesday, May 5, 2020. For the protection of our patrons and employees, the guidelines listed on their website (link below) must be followed to enter the buildings.

Miami website
Yes
   
Monroe Monroe County is now able to accept deeds and other transfer documents electronically. We remain closed to the public, but are doing everything we can to accommodate requests for records.
Monroe website
Yes
   
Montgomery County Offices are closed to the public. No searchers at this time.
Montgomery website
Yes; non-transferable documents only. Documents can be left with security
   
Morgan Closed to the public and all searchers; however, they are processing the regular mail and doing e-recordings through Simplifile. Operating with a limited staff and are in the office Mon., Wed., & Fri. 9am-3pm.
Morgan County Notice

Morgan website
Yes
   
Newton County Offices are closed to the public until May 18. Access by appointment only. Accepting mail, FedEx and UPS documents for recording.
Newton website
No
   
Noble 5/11 - 5/22 no one may enter without a mask. 2 searchers at a time; 2 hour blocks. Call or email for an appointment. Please submit your documents by mail, UPS, FED-Ex or e-recording (no transferables accepted as of yet).  Please call 260-636-2672 or e-mail cmyers@nobleco.org for any questions. Documents are being processed daily. 
Noble website
Yes
   
Ohio Open - strongly urging only necessary visits. Accepting appointments.
Ohio website
Yes
   
Orange County offices are closed to the public. Title searchers are being allowed by appointment.
Orange County Notice
Orange website
Yes
   
Owen Opening to the public to June 3rd at 8am. We are processing e-Recordings, mail, and anything put in the drop-box that is located outside of the main entrance on a daily basis.
Owen website
Yes
   
Parke

Starting Monday May 18, 2020, Parke County Courthouse will be open to the public by Appointment ONLY.

You must call EACH office you intend to visit and make an appointment with each of them.

We will be taking appointments from 9-3.

The basement door on the Northwest side of the courthouse is the only entrance open.

There will be an officer there to greet you with a questionnaire and taking your temperature.

You must wear a mask the entire time you are in the building. If you don’t have one, there are some downstairs on the table by the officer.

If you can give us an idea of how long you think you might be here when you call, that would be appreciated so that we can set a schedule, we will only allow 2 searchers in at a time.

For those that just have a document to record, the procedure is still to leave it with the officer and we will let you know when it’s done

Parke website
Yes
   
Perry Reopening on 6/1. See letter regarding procedures:  Reopening Letter
Perry website
Yes
   
Pike County offices are closed to the public unless by appointment or court order.
Pike website
Yes
   
Porter
All County buildings except for the Valparaiso Courthouse, North County Annex Court Building and the Juvenile Court at the Juvenile Services Center will be closed to the public effective at Noon on Tuesday, March 17. As of 3/24, they are scaling back their staff. 
Porter website
Yes
   
Posey County offices are closed to the public. M/W/F all staff are remote. Calls are being forwarded. T/Th half staff in office. Access by appointment.
Posey website
Yes
   
Pulaski County offices are closed to the public. Access by appointment only.
Pulaski website
Yes
     
Putnam

Open to public by appointment only Mon – Thursday. Fridays they are open to the public from 11-2. Offices are fully staffed at this time.

Putnam website
Yes
     
Randolph Closed to the public at of 10:00 am 3/20
Access by appointment only with individual offices.
Randolph website
Yes; Documents may be hand presented by appointment.
     
Ripley Closing 3/19 to public. Access by appointment.
Ripley website
No
     
Rush Closed to the public as of 3/20. By appointment only. Recording documents by mail. 
Rush website
Yes
     
St. Joseph Accepting documents by e-record and by mail.  St. Joseph County offices are closed to the public.
St. Joseph website
Yes
     
Scott Remains closed to the public. E-recording of non land transfer documents through simplifile or csc.
Accepting all land tranfer documents by usps, fed-x or ups. Searchers are asked to utilize doxpop.com for searching and producing copies.
Searchers may schedule an appointment time by calling 812-752-8442. Only one searcher will be allowed in the office at a time. Expect longer than usual turn-a-round times for recording
Scott website
Yes; Non-transfer documents only. Submit transfer documents by mail
     
Shelby At this time we are closed to public, one person working in office Monday thru Thursday 7:00 to 5:00, If no one answers phone please call back -may be doing banking or picking up lunch. They expect to accept searchers by appointment once they have appropriate safety equipment.
Shelby website
Yes; no transfer documents, surveys, or plats
     
Spencer All County Offices closed to public. Documents may be dropped off to the Recorder and searchers are allowed to search by appointment.
Spencer website
No
     
Starke Will be scheduling appointments Monday-Friday.  The first block 9am-12pm and the second 1pm-4pm.  Only one person at a time.  You will need to bring and wear a mask.  You will only be allowed in the Recorder’s office.  The Auditor’s program is now on our public stations.  If you need to access a paper document from their office or the surveyor we will have to retrieve it for you.  If it is something we can help with over the phone or by email, we would prefer to keep doing it that way. 
Phased Re-opening Policy
Starke website
Yes; no transfer documents at this time
     
Steuben

Steuben County Recorders office closed to public.  Appointments only  with searchers/title companies.  Processing all documents.  E-recording with Simplifile and CSC no land transfers at this time.  Copies though DOXPOP.
Steuben website

Yes; No deeds
     
Sullivan County Offices are closed until further notice. Call each office beforehand to see if they are open. Access for searchers by appointment. Documents can be mailed in or they can meet you at east courthouse door to pick them up from you. 
Sullivan website
Yes
     
Switzerland

We are taking appointments for title searching on Wednesday 8-3:00 & Thursday 8-12.  You need to call at the back door of the Swtizerland County Courthouse our number is 812-427-4460. You will then enter the courthouse and a table is set out with an entry paper to sign and you need to take and record your temperature on the paper.

Switzerland website
No - accepting recordings by mail
     
Tippecanoe

Reopened to the public May 26th. Limited to two searchers in the office and any one time. Please call for an appointment (maximum appointment time is 2 hours). Wearing a mask is requested. Gloves required to make copies from microfiche. Gloves required to make copies from books.

Tippecanoe website
Yes
     
Tipton Open. Searchers by appointment.
Tipton website
No
     
Union Staff is returning to work on May 11. Accepting searches by appointment starting May 18. 
Union website
Yes; non-transferrable documents only. Deeds must be mailed in.
     
Vanderburgh Closed to the public. 
Vanderburgh website
Yes
     
Vermillion The commissioners met today and have decided that the Vermillion County Courthouse will be closed to the public until May 12, 2020. IF everything goes as planned, we will be conducting a soft opening until May 26th. Which would include opening up offices to the public by appointment only and screenings in place for those entering the building.
Vermillion website
Yes
     
Vigo County offices closed to the public. You can bring recordings and they will come out and get them.
Vigo website
Yes
     
Wabash Opening to the public May 26. Please wear a mask and observe social distancing. 
Wabash website
Yes
     
Warren Closed to the public 3/25 - 4/6. Access by appointment only
Warren website
No
     
Warrick

As of May 18, 2020 we are accepting appointments, time slots, and public stations availability.  We will be open with the restrictions listed in the above attachment.

We hope in the near future to expand the public’s accessibility to the Recorder’s office and public stations.

Your appointment time and name will be on a list given to the security desk and checked off as you come in to the building.  Please pay particular attention to Part II. Part I and Part II are GUIDELINES in place in order to keep us all safer at this time.

Please call or email Mitzi Kaufman, Chief Deputy, or myself for an appointment or more information.

mkaufman@warrickcounty.gov  812-897-6165

pbrooks@warrickcounty.gov  812-897-6165
Phase II Guidelines

Warrick website

Yes
     
Washington Closed to the public. Full staff returns on June 13th unless notified otherwise. Closed for searching in the office. 
Washington website
Yes; non-transfer documents only
     
Wayne Now open.
Wayne website
Yes
     
Wells Closed to the public. Access by appointment only.
Wells website
Yes
     
White County Offices are closed to the public
White website
Yes
     
Whitley

Closed to the public.  An employee will be in the office working from 9-12 everyday completing the e-records, mail, and drop box documents. Phone hours are 9-12. Access by appointment.

Whitley website
Yes
 
Other Helpful Links:

Indiana Back on Track Info:  https://backontrack.in.gov/ 

Governor Holcomb Executive Orders:  
https://www.in.gov/gov/2384.htm

Department of Revenue Announcement re: Filing and Payment Extensions:  Click here

Simplifile's list of documents accepted by county: Click here

IMBA's COVID-19 Information and Resources: https://indianamba.org/COVID-19

American Land Title Association: https://www.alta.org/business-tools/coronavirus.cfm

Border States Information:

Michigan - https://www.milta.org/covid-19/

Ohio - https://www.olta.org/general/custom.asp?page=COVID-19

 



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