Register of Deeds

The Register of Deeds office is the county office where transactions involving real estate are recorded, such as deeds, mortgages, mortgage assignments and releases, oil and gas leases and related instruments, affidavits of various types, mineral deeds, sale of oil and gas royalty, powers of attorney, affidavits of equitable interest, plat additions, military discharges, and federal and state tax liens.

The Register of Deeds office became the custodian of the school records from the disbanded office of County Superintendent. Per County Resolution No. 09-R-07, custody of all school records was transferred to the Stafford County Historical Society. These records may be accessed at the Stafford County Museum.

This office also files statements under the new Revised Article 9 (UCCs) and mechanic liens on personal property.

All records in this office are open to the public with the exception of the Kansas Real Estate Sales Validation Questionnaire, which is a closed record (with a few exceptions) by state statute. Copy charges are $0.50 for all hard copies. Faxed copies are billed at $1.00 per page and $.50 for each page if printout necessary. Copies of records from patent to present can be emailed at a charge of $1.00/first page + .25/each additional page. Please note that not all records are available to email at this time but we are scanning and adding them as we have time. Index pages can be copied or emailed at a charge of $5.00/page. Only indexes from 1985 – present can be copied & emailed.

Camera fees are $35.00 per day regardless of number of images. Use of digital cameras must be approved by the register of deeds.

Use of digital cameras must be approved by the register of deeds.

Contact Info

Register of Deeds

Lu Ann Brister
Register of Deeds

Beth Keesling
Register of Deeds Deputy


PO Box 446
209 North Broadway
St. John, Kansas 67576

Business Hours
8:00 am – 5:00 pm
Monday – Friday
Closed Holidays

Lu Ann Brister