A Constitutional Office, the County Recorder's primary function is to maintain permanent public records submitted for recording. These records are the legal basis for determining ownership of real property. These documents, sometimes called instruments, include mortgages, deeds, liens, military discharges, subdivision plats, leases, bonds, powers of attorney, releases, assignments, contracts, and many other miscellaneous documents.

Instruments are recorded either for giving legal public notice for their existence or for safekeeping and future reference. It is the duty of the recorder to see that each instrument meets the essential requirements for recording. Each instrument must be scanned and indexed into a computer system and then microfilmed for archival purposes.

The County Recorder prepares and furnishes official copies of any record or instruments when required by law or ordered by the court, or requested by any parties, and if requested, the recorder certifies that it is a true and correct copy of the document in the records of the office.

The County Recorder also files Uniform Commercial Code financing statements that pertain to fixtures to the real property.

The Recorder is a member of the County Commission on Public Records, which has authority over the preservation or disposition of all public records maintained by the county. (IC 5-15-6)

Mission Statement
It is the mission of the Perry County Recorder's Office to record documents in a timely  manner
and with great accuracy along with providing excellent customer service.

Recorder's office staff

Tracy Schroeder, Mary Lee Smith, Jane James, Mary Howe, & Alice Sommer

Elected Official

Jane James
Perry County Recorder
2219 Payne Street
Tell City, IN 47586

Phone: 812-547-4261
E-mail: [email protected]

Office Hours:
Monday - Friday
8 a.m. - 4 p.m.