Benton County Recorder of Deeds' Office

Carla Brown, Recorder

Carla Brown, BC Recorder

Duties of Recorder of Deeds

Recording land instruments, including deeds of all kinds, deeds of trust, affidavits, releases, power of attorneys, plats & surveys, & others. Most recording can be done by mail, if needed. For businesses who contract for that type of service, E-recording IS available. For more info, contact I-County at (816) 295-1540 or your current provider.

Issuing of marriage licenses- Hours for marriage license applications are 8:00-11:30 am & 1:00-4:00 pm. No appointment is necessary. BOTH parties have to appear together with photo IDs for the application process. Payment of $60 ($51 for license plus $9 for 1 certified copy after license is returned to be recorded) is due at time of application. Payment must be by cash or debit/credit card (NO checks). Use of debit/credit card incurs an additional $2 fee collected & kept by the credit card processor.

Issuing of other certified copies of marriage licenses for use in proving marriage to Department of Motor Vehicles, Social Security or other agencies – We can only issue certified copies of licenses obtained in Benton County. If you were married here, but applied for your license in another Missouri county, you will need to contact that county for any copies you need. If you obtained your marriage license in Benton County, but do not have a certified copy or need an additional copy, those can be picked up in our office or mailed to you. Certified copies are $9.00 each.

Recording military discharge records (DD214). This is a free service & any copies of the recorded record are also free.

Searches of our land records index are available at There you can set up a free account as a New User that enables you to search for items recorded from Jan 1992 to present. You are only able to see the index (Grantors, grantees, abbreviated legal description, date, etc) – NOT the actual deed itself.

Our land records go back to the 1830’s but are currently only in digital form to 1992 (except for a few scanned before that time). Prior to 1992, items are in books & on microfilm in our office. For a copy of the actual instrument, you would need to contact us by phone or email. Copies are $1 per page.

Fee Schedule

Effective May 1, 2009

Real Estate $24.00
First page
Each additional page thereafter*
Plats $44.00
First page
Each additional page thereafter**
Surveys $24.00
First page
Each additional page thereafter**
Copywork $1.00 Per page
Certification $1.00 Per document
Marriage License $51.00
Marriage license
Certified Copy
IRS Tax Liens $9.00
Tax Liens

*page defined as 8 x 11 inches
**page defined as 18 x 24 inches

Contact the Recorder's Office

Mailing Address

P.O. Box 1147
Warsaw, MO 65355


Phone: (660) 438-5732
Fax: (660) 438-3652