(SB 136)

Real estate document standards revised.

         ENTITLED, An Act to  revise certain format standards for real estate documents filed at the register of deeds.


     Section  1.  That § 43-28-23 be amended to read as follows:

     43-28-23.   Any real estate document recorded with the register of deeds, except for plats, shall:

             (1)      Consist of one or more individual sheets measuring no larger than 8.5 inches by 14 inches . Beginning on July 1, 2004, the document shall consist of one or more individual sheets measuring no larger and no smaller than 8.5 inches by 11 inches. No sheet may be attached or affixed to a page that covers up any information or printed material on the document. Any continuous document or any document sheets that are stapled, glued, or bound together are subject to the additional fee established pursuant to subdivision 7-9-15(1);

             (2)      Be printed, typewritten, or computer generated in black ink and the print type of the document may not be smaller than 10-point type;

             (3)      Be on white paper of not less than twenty pound weight;

             (4)      Contain a blank space at the top measuring no less than three inches as measured from the top of the first page. The right half shall be used by the register of deeds for recording information and the left half shall be used to designate by the document preparer as required pursuant to §   7-9-1 and may include a return designation and address . Any subsequent page All other margins shall have be a minimum of a one inch margin on each side ;

             (5)      Have a title prominently displayed at the top of the first page below the blank space referred to in subdivision (4) of this section;

             (6)      Be sufficiently legible to reproduce a readable copy using the register of deed's current method of reproduction; and

             (7)      Conform to the standards provided in subdivision (1) of this section or be subject to the increased fees as provided in §   7-9-15.

     However, the register of deeds may not charge an increased fee for any document that has a seal or stamp in a margin. Any affidavit of publication, corner record, survey, certified court or governmental document, and UCC form recorded against real estate is exempt from the provisions of this section. Any plat or survey and certified vital record attached to documents is also exempt from the provisions of this section.

     The provisions of this section do not apply to any real estate document prepared and executed prior to July 1, 2002.

     Signed March 4, 2003. _______________