County Recorder Kathy Schwaller Photo

Iowa's County Recorders are proud of their tradition and looking forward to the future.

The Carroll County Recorder's Office was created by the First Legislative Assembly of the Territory of Iowa in 1839 and is responsible for recording and maintaining official records affecting title to real estate. Every real estate transaction that takes place in the county starts in the Recorder's Office.


Responsibilities of the Carroll County Recorder:

Lands and Records Management

  • Deeds
  • Contracts
  • Mortgages
  • Assignments, Releases
  • Federal and State Tax Liens
  • Affidavits
  • Plats & Surveys
  • Section Corner Certificates
  • Military Service Records
  • Easements
  • Condemnations
  • Trade Names
  • Leases
  • 28E & Drainage Agreements
  • Bills of Sale
  • Articles of Incorporation
  • Financing Statements
  • Powers of Attorney
  • Many Other Miscellaneous Documents

Vital Records (Available from County or State Offices)


  • Boat Registrations/Titles/Liens
  • Snowmobile Registrations/Titles/Liens
  • ATV Registrations/Title/Liens
  • Hunting Fishing Licensing
  • Fur Harvester Licenses
  • Habitat, Duck and Trout Fees
  • Deer and Wild Turkey Licenses and Tags
  • Landowner/Tenant Gun & Archery Licenses and Tags
  • Federal Waterfowl Stamps

Other Responsibilities

  • Collect real estate transfer tax on conveyances of property
  • Perform federal and state tax lien searches and research of current records for the public
  • Collect and report auditor's fee on transfer of property
  • Certify recorder's records
  • Make records available for genealogy research
  • File detailed reports monthly and annually to county and state agencies