Document Recording

The Vault is currently open to the public with no appointments required.

  • The recording window is open for in-person recording from 8:00a - 4:00p each business day.  Mail-in recordings should go to Fayette County Clerk, Room 132, 162 E. Main St., Lexington, KY 40507.  There is a document drop-box in the parking garage at our facility.  We also accept e-recordings through CSC, ePN, and Simplifile.
  • No food or drink other than bottles with secure caps may be brought into the Vault.
  • A copier is available for self-service use in the Vault. Please confirm with staff that your firm account information has been added to the copier login list.
  • As of January 3, 2022, we began indexing as written on the document rather than using our standard abbreviation list and frequent party names. Lists of standard abbreviations and frequent parties can be found here for your reference. Please note that this may affect your search process.

Document Recording Standards

The Kentucky County Clerks Association has formally adopted the Property Records Industry Association (PRIA) standards for Real Estate Document Formatting as of January1, 2020.

Legibility Standards are as follows:

Paper weight: 20 lb 
Paper size: 8 ½ x 11 preferred; 8 ½ x 14 accepted
Paper color: White; no water marks
Staples or binding: None
One or two side print: One side only
Impression Seals: None allowed (unless inked)
Colored highlight markers: None allowed
Margins: Top 3" margin on first page required for Recorder use,
especially on right side of page; all other margins 1"
Ink color: Black preferred, with dark blue signatures
Font: 10-point Times New Roman or equivalent
Spacing: 9 lines per inch maximum

Adopted by PRIA Board of January13, 2016,