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19-1201. Register of deeds; election, term, bond. Beginning with the general election in 1976, a register of deeds shall be elected in each county for a term of four (4) years. Such register of deeds shall, before entering upon the duties of the office, execute to the state of Kansas and file with the county clerk, a good and sufficient corporate surety bond issued by a company authorized to do business in this state in an amount approved by the county clerk of not less than ten thousand dollars ($10,000). Such bond shall be conditioned on the faithful performance of the duties of the office and that such register of deeds will deliver to the successor in such office all property belonging to such office.

History: G.S. 1868, ch. 25, § 87; R.S. 1923, 19-1201; L. 1965, ch. 160, § 5; L. 1976, ch. 123, § 5; April 30.

Law Review and Bar Journal References:

"The Kansas Office of the County Register of Deeds," Robert W. Parnacott, 80 J.K.B.A. No. 9, 32 (2011).

Attorney General's Opinions:

Recordation of death certificates with county register of deeds; open public records. 91-87.

Real estate foreclosure and sale by county; recordation; filing fees; purchase by county or city. 91-90.

County commission cannot, by charter ordinance, change term limitations of county officials which are established by statute. 92-134.

Residency requirements for election to and filling vacancies in county offices. 95-93.


1. Excise tax on platting of real property not prohibited by K.S.A. 28-115 or 19-1201 et seq. Home Builders Ass'n v. City of Overland Park, 22 Kan. App. 2d 649, 669, 921 P.2d 234 (1996).

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