Documents prepared after June 30, 2009 are governed by the Ohio Standardization Guidelines enacted in ORC 317.114.

If a document does not conform to these guidelines, an additional recording fee of $20.00 will be collected.

These guidelines are as follows:

  • Computer font size of at least 10 point
  • Minimum paper size – 8½X11, Maximum paper size – 8½X14
  • Black or Blue ink ONLY
  • No use of highlighting
  • Margins of 1 inch on each side of the page and on the bottom
  • 3 inch margin on the top of the first page ( This space is reserved for recorder, auditor & engineer)
  • 1 ½ inch margin on the top of each of the remaining pages

This law does not apply to:

  • Any document from any court or taxing authority
  • Plats
  • DD214
  • Any state or federal document
  • Any document executed before the effective date of this law