Getting Archives from the Recorder of Deeds

The Archives Department is located in Room 129 of City Hall and may be reached at (314) 589-6796.


The Archives Department is the custodian of historic documents including birth and death records for St. Louis City, land records, marriage licenses , and articles of incorporation.

This office also helps with genealogical searches and in locating documents for academic or scholarly purposes.


Deed Copy Requirements – Information Customer Must Provide

  • Payment for Walk-In Service is by Visa/MasterCard, Cash, Money Order, or Business Check. No personal checks.
  • Payment for Mail-In Service is by Personal Check, Business Check, Money Order, or Cash.
  • Provide Grantee Name (Buyer or Recipient)
  • Provide Property Address (Street Number + Street Name)
  • Provide Document’s Recorder Book and Page Numbers


Deed Copy

  • Fee for Certified: $5 First Page + $2.00 Each Additional Page

  • Fee for Uncertified: $3 First Page + $2.00 Each Additional Page

Adoption Deeds (pre-1917)

  • $0 Name Search Using Deeds of Adoptions Card File Index

  • $3 Per Uncertified Copy

  • No Copies of Index Cards or Book Covers

Land Records – No Copies of Index

Search Fees

  • $20 per ten year search for Grantor Index search
  • $20 per ten year search for Grantee Index search

Copy Fees

  • $3 First Page Uncertified Copy
  • $2 Each Page Thereafter, Same Document
  • No Copies of Index Pages or Book Covers

Marriage Records

Free Marriage Search

Search Fees

  • $4 Per Name for Bride Index search
  • $4 Per Name for Groom Index search

What to Expect

No Refunds. No Exchanges After Document Leaves Office.

Customer is responsible for purchasing desired document copy.


Imaging & Microfilm Department

(314) 622-4546

1200 Market St., City Hall, Room 128
St. Louis, MO 63103

8 a.m. - 5 p.m. Monday - Friday

Contact the Imaging & Microfilm Department

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