Beth Sell
White County Clerk
301 E Main Street
P.O. Box 339
Carmi, IL 62821
Ph: 618-382-7211 ext. 1 
fax: 618-382-2322
Recorder of legal documents pertaining to real estate. Local registrar for all deaths, births, and marriage records. Election official - responsible for conducting all elections held in White County. Secretary to the White County Board.




Format is specified by statute, except items with an asterisk (*). See fees for nonstandard formats. Paper:
Quality: White. 20 lb.
First Page:|
Size: 8 1/2" by 11"
Margins: 3" top margin; right hand 5" blank (reserved for recorder); name and address of preparer and return-to address in left hand 3 1/2"*; 
other margins.
Other Pages:
Size: 8 1/2" by 11"
Margins: 1/2" all margins
Print: Typed or computer generated
Minimum Size: 10 point
Color: Black ink
Binding: No staples or continuous forms allowed
Title/Caption: Include a caption briefly stating the nature of the instrument*
Legibility Standard: Photographically reproducible*


Legal Description of Property: Legal description (parcel number) must be included in all documents to avoid penalty fee. Also include property street address. Include original names as well as book & page on subsequent recordings. 

Signatures: Original signatures in dark blue ink are generally accepted. Type names under signatures. Addresses: Include grantee address and tax billing address on deeds. 
Notarization/Acknowledgement: Notarial certificate required with all documents, including seal or scrawl. Witnesses: None required. 
Preparer: Must include name and address. 
Other: A Torrens land title system is being phased out through January 1, 1997. It is not included in this Guide.
Document Numbering System: Book & Page

Common Reason for Rejection 
1. Document format does not meet statutory requirements
2. Real Estate Transfer Declaration or exemption stamp missing from deeds
3. Fees incorrect
4. Legal description missing or wrong 
5. "Prepared by" statement missing 
6. Notary signature or seal missing
7. Document not dated 
8. Subsequent document missing reference to original document 
9. Signatures missing


As of January 1, 2019 standard document with the 3” X 5” top margin in the upper right corner will be $65.00 flat rate to record.  

            Also documents that are not charged with the Rental Housing Support fee are $56.00. (Documents recorded for Governmental entities, births, deaths, marriages, power of attorney’s, articles of incorporation and probate records etc.)

            Your documents will be returned if there is no legal description, preparer or notary or if the document is a copy.  If you insist upon recording a copy it must be stamped copy and attested to.


            A certified copy of all recordings will be $30.00 for the first four pages and a $1.00 per each additional page.


            If it is necessary for you to mail your documents for recording mail them to: 

White County Clerk, P O Box 339 , Carmi , IL 62821


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For more information please contact CSC eRecording Solutions at or by phone at 866-652-0111

Vital Records:


            Marriage License/Civil UnionsON AND AFTER  JANUARY 1, 2019, THIS WILL BE $45  A person applying must have a State ID or Certified Birth Record.  The License once issued must be used in White County . Individuals applying for a Civil Union license must be Illinois residents or residents from a State that recognizes same sex marriages or civil unions. A certified copy of a marriage license or civil union will be $15.00 for the first and $10.00 for each additional certified copy requested at the same time. 

There is a one day waiting period before you can use a marriage or civil union license.


            Birth and Death Records:  A certified copy will be $15.00 and each additional will be $10.00.   Birth and Death Records will only be issued to the individual or their immediate family (wife, husband, mother, father, or children) or to an agency that has an approved Memorandum of Understanding.    To receive this record you must be over 18 years of age. You will be asked to furnish a State ID to prove your identification.

            Individual who can’t come to the office to pick up a certified copy should send a written request for those documents.   Along with the written request we will need the payment and a copy of your State ID. Written request must be mailed to White County Clerk, P O Box 339 ,Carmi , IL .  62821

To requests documents or a search:  Vital Records

The mailing address for requesting birth and death certificates and/or other fees is:

White County Clerk
301 E Main Street
P.O. Box 339
Carmi, IL 62821
Ph: 618-382-7211 ext. 1 
fax: 618-382-2322 
Checks or money orders should be made payable to the White County Clerk.

After you have submitted your request in writing with your ID and  if you wish to pay by credit card, you may click below:

Your payment form number is 131401 for Vital Records/Recording Fees.


Exempt Deeds or Trust Documents