Register of Deeds

Register of Deeds
Rhonda Hunt

101 West Commercial
Lyons, KS 67554
Office Hours: Monday – Friday, 8:00 am – 5:00 pm
Phone: 620.257.2931

Diana Hunt - Deputy
Rebecca Hoffman - Recording Clerk

The Register of Deeds office is fully open to the public. 

                                                                           THE REGISTER OF DEEDS OFFICE DOES NOT DO TITLE WORK.                                                                                        

NOTICE: As of January 2018, office policy requires a self-addressed stamped envelope to be provided for return of documents recorded in our office.
For all items mailed to the Register of Deeds,  please address as:

                                                                                      Register of Deeds
                                                                                                         Rice County Courthouse
                                                                                    101 W. Commercial
                                                                                        Lyons, KS 67554

Function: The Register of Deeds has custody of and safely keeps and preserves all records pertaining to land kept in the office of the Register of Deeds. The Register of Deeds shall also record or cause to be recorded all deeds, mortgages, maps, instruments and writings authorized by law to be recorded in the office of the Register of Deeds and shall perform all other duties as required by law. The Register of Deeds office does not do title searches. 
Open Records: All records in the office of the Register of Deeds are open records except for the Kansas Real Estate Sales Validation Questionnaire. The questionnaire is open to those protesting their taxes and to Kansas Certified General Real Property Appraisers. (As of January 1, 2012 Rice County is approved to accept 1 part forms.) Kinds of Records filed in the Office of the Register of Deeds:

  • Patents
  • Deeds
  • Mortgages
  • Leases
  • Assignments
  • Releases
  • Affidavits
  • Articles of Incorporation
  • Certificates of Death
  • Power of Attorney
  • Honorable Military Discharges
  • Plats
  • Surveys
  • UCC’s (Uniform Commercial Code)
  • Tax Liens (State and Federal)
  • Cemetery Plats
  • Ordinances (City and County)
  • Resolutions (City and County) 

DD214 MILITARY DISCHARGE REQUESTS (if not filed in Rice County) 
Form to get a copy of the DD214

We no longer collect mortgage registration tax on mortgages.


Fee Schedule (Effective January 1, 2018)

Copy Charges

$1.00 (first page) $  .25 (ea. additional page per document)

Fax fees

$1.50 (per fax)

Index pages, plats and surveys

$10.00 (per page)

Tax liens and UCC copies

$1.00 (per page)

For recording deeds, mortgages, or other instruments of writing, for the first page
(not to exceed legal size page 8 1/2″ x 14″)
(Includes Technology Fees and Heritage Trust Fund Fee)


For second page and each additional page or fraction thereof
(Includes Technology Fees and Heritage Trust Fund Fee)


Recording town plats, for each page


Recording real estate mortgage assignment or release for the first page
(Includes Technology Fees and Heritage Trust Fund fee)


For second page and each additional page or fraction thereof of assignment or release


Certificate, certifying any instrument of record


Acknowledgment of signature


Filing Federal Tax Lien Notices


Federal Tax Lien Release


K.S.A. 79-2616(d) Federal Tax Lien Certificate


K.S.A. 79-2616(d) Copy of Tax Lien (per Page)


K.S.A. 44-717(e)(1) Employment Security Law Lien Release (First page only, additional fees apply for second and additional pages and fractions thereof)


For filing liens for materials and services under K.S.A. 58-201, and amendments thereto


K.S.A. 60-2201 Lis Pendens



Uniform Commercial Code (National Form Required) 3 copies are required on all
of the following UCC filings

Original financing statement


Amended financing statement


Continuation statement


Financing statement indicating assignment


Assignment of financing statement


Statement of release of all or a part of any collateral described in filed financing statement


Real Estate mortgage subject to K.S.A. 84-9-402(6) FIXTURE FILING


Termination Statement


Written UCC information request, per debtor name


Copy request: a copy of any filed financing statement (per page) 


Certified copy, in addition to any copying expenses


K.S.A. 79-2616(d) Federal Tax Lien Certificate



K.S.A. 79-2616(d) Copy of Federal Tax Lien (per page)


Attachments, per page (after first ten pages, which are included in initial fees)


NOTE: RESOLUTION PASSED AUGUST 28, 2006 by Rice County Commissioners “Any sums paid for goods and services from the County in excess of the amount due, but less than Ten Dollars ($10.00) in excess of the amount due shall NOT be refunded by the County, but shall be placed in the General Fund.” “Any sums received by the County departments for goods and services in excess of Ten Dollars ($10.00) over the amount due shall be refunded to the payor. However, the County shall establish a fee of $4.50 for the costs associated with said refund.”If the name or names of any signer or notary public are not plainly typed or printed under the signatures, the register of deeds shall charge and collect a fee of $1.00 in addition to all other fees provided in this schedule. K.S.A. 28-115 If sufficient space is not provided for the necessary recording information and certification on a document, such information shall be placed on additional sheet and such sheet shall be counted as a page. The document shall be of sufficient legibility to produce a clear and legible reproduction. If a document is judged not to be of sufficient legibility, such document shall be accompanied by an exact copy thereof which shall be of sufficient legibility to produce a clear and legible reproduction and which shall be recorded contemporaneously with the document and shall be counted as additional pages. The Register of Deeds may reject any document which is not of sufficient legibility.
No fee shall be charged or collected for any filing made by the secretary of health and environment or the secretary’s designee pursuant to K.S.A. 28-115(c).  If it is unclear that the person requesting filing is the secretary’s designee, standard filing fees shall be collected.

Filing fees are capped at $125 for a single family, principal residence under $75,000. An affidavit is required to be exempt from fees over $125.

Click here for a blank copy of affidavit.  Affidavit