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St. Louis City Recorder and Registrar News
March 2012

March 23, 2012
Notice to Deed Recording Customers
Regarding Changes On April 2

March 19, 2012
Updated Notice to Doctors and Funeral Directors
Regarding Registration with MoEVR System

The State of Missouri's April 1 Deadline to require use of the Missouri Electronic Vital Records (MoEVR) System is being extended for a limited period of time to allow additional training opportunities for all data providers to gain access to the system.  Until further notice, paper death certificates may still be presented for filing with the local registrar in the county where the death occurred.

Printable (pdf) St. Louis City Recorder & Registrar's Notice here (includes October 13, 2011 Notice).

March 14, 2012
Attorney General's Office Sets
Informational Meetings On
National Mortgage Settlement

Missouri Assistant Attorneys General will be in every county in the state during the week of March 26 to provide information to Missouri consumers about the National Mortgage Settlement and to register with the office Missourians who might qualify to receive benefits under the program.

In St. Louis City, two meetings will be held Monday, March 26:

Noon, Wohl Center
1414 N. Kingshighway

6 p.m., 12th & Park Center
1410 S. Tucker

In February, Missouri Attorney General Chris Koster joined a landmark national mortgage settlement expected to bring more than $196 million to Missouri taxpayers and the State. The settlement with Bank of America, Citigroup, JPMorgan Chase, Wells Fargo, and Ally Financial is the largest civil settlement reached by the nation's Attorneys General since the 1998 multi-state tobacco settlement.

The agreement settles state and federal investigations into whether the country’s five largest loan servicers routinely signed foreclosure-related documents outside the presence of a notary public and without knowing whether the facts they contained were correct. The settlement provides benefits to borrowers whose loans are owned by the settling banks as well as to many of the borrowers whose loans they service.

The Missouri toll free hot line for information on the Mortgage Settlement is 855.870.7676.

More information is available at the Missouri Attorney General's website ago.mo.gov.

March 12, 2012
UPDATED: Homeowners Beware of
Overpriced Deed Copy Service

An E-mail from a St. Louis County homeowner to the St. Louis City Recorder of Deeds & Vital Records Registrar has led the office to issue another warning notice about services offered by a deed copy re-sale business. The Glencoe resident contacted the City Recorder & Registrar in appreciation for the office's information about overpriced deed services offered by a company with a mailbox in Fulton, Missouri.

The deed copy service mailing came from Record Retrieval Department, 602 Market Street, Department 106, Fulton, phone number 888-625-9291. The company offered to sell him a copy of his land deed for the price of $87.00, $80.00 more than if he bought a certified copy from the St. Louis County Recorder.

"I was about to write a check for this and something told me this seemed a bit odd," wrote the homeowner.

He conducted a web search for the company and came across the St. Louis City Recorder & Registrar's August 25, 2011 warning on Record Retrieval of Fulton. Because of that information, he realized he did not need to make the purchase.

The homeowner also provided the St. Louis City Recorder & Registrar with a copy of the company's correspondence, which differs from previous solicitations by the company. The company has changed its Fulton mailbox and phone number since the 2011 warning, and previously used a slightly different name.

"State Record Regulation Department recommends that all United States homeowners obtain a copy of their current Grant Deed," states the company's letter. Last year's mailings stated "Record Retrieval," the company, recommended the purchase.

"There is no State Record Regulation Department operated by any county in Missouri, the State of Missouri, or Federal Government," explains Sharon Quigley Carpenter, St. Louis City Recorder & Registrar.

"It's another name for the company. Some homeowners, unfortunately, may get the idea that a government agency recommends purchase of a deed copy."

"We decided to update our warning and try to get the word out: You don't need a copy of your deed but, if you want one, its available much cheaper and faster from your county Recorder's office."

Record Retrieval or State Record Regulation Department/Board currently operates in numerous states. Some of the Better Business Bureaus that have issued warnings about the business include BBB of Minnesota and North Dakota and BBB Middle Tennessee.  One state where it does not operate is Iowa, due to last year's efforts by the Iowa Attorney General.

St. Louis City homeowners with questions about deed copy services may call the St. Louis City Recorder & Registrar's Land Records Department at 613.3149.

Printable version (pdf) of notice here.

March 7, 2012
Absentee Ballot Voting Underway for
Junior College District April 3rd Special Election Information Here

March 6, 2012
Notice to Deed Recording Customers
Regarding Deed Format Enforcement

The St. Louis City Recorder and Registrar Office has purchased a new Certification Stamp. Space requirements for our new Certification Stamp require strict adherence to the statutory First Page Top Margin Requirement-

First Page - 3 Inch Blank Top Margin: three inches of vertical space from left to right that is void of any text, writing, or graphic.

A document submitted without the First Page 3 Inch Blank Top Margin shall be rejected for recordation and returned to the customer.

If you have any questions, please contact our Land Records Department at 314.622.3260.

Printable pdf of notice here.

March 2, 2012
National Archives to Release
1940 U.S. Census Online April 2nd

2012 Archived News

2011 Archived News

2010 Archived News