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Document Standards


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

If a document signed 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, reserved for recorder, auditor & engineer ONLY;
  • 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's;
  • Any state or federal document;
  • Any document executed before the effective date of this law.

Print your guidelines template here.

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