HB 525 – Reminder- Don’t Forget to Mind Your Margins and Fonts

This new standardization of forms law will go into effect on July 1st, 2009. It will set the following guidelines for documents recorded in Ohio county recorders’ offices:

• Computer font size of at least ten;
• Minimum Paper size - 81/2 x 11, Maximum paper size 81/2 x 14
• 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;
• 1 1/2” margin on the top of each of the remaining pages

The recorder will accept a non-confirming document for recording but can collect the following additional fees: $10.00 for the recorder’s services and $10.00 for the housing trust fund.
This law does not apply to the following:

• Any document from any court or taxing authority;
• Plats;
• DD214’s;
• Any state or federal document;
• Any document executed before the effective date of HB 525.

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