J. Craig Snodgrass, Lorain County Auditor has the responsibility of transferring every deed in Lorain County that is presented to him. The Auditor's Transfer Office, has the daily task of reviewing each deed that is prepared for transfer. Every deed is required to have a grantor (seller) and grantee (buyer) listed. They also check for an accurate legal description, the signature of the grantor, two witnesses and a notary seal. Once all pertinent information is checked, the transfer stamp is affixed to the deed.
The deed can then be recorded in the Lorain County Recorder's Office. Throughout the process of recording, documents that affect property ownership are readily available as a matter of public record. On an average, approximately 40-45 documents are presented to the Auditor's Transfer Office daily. All transfers are entered into the tax accounting computer system for public view.
Conveyance and exempt forms are available in printable or fillable form on the website. You only need to submit one form with your transfer. Just a reminder, we do not accept handwritten forms. All forms must be typed and filled out completely. All required information for the form can be found on the auditor's website.
SPECIAL NOTICE- as of November 1, 2012, the Lorain County Auditor’s office will no longer accept the transfer or conveyance of real property or a manufactured home via U.S. Postal Service or other mail services.
This change is necessary because of the large percentage of erroneous documents being submitted has caused delays in the transfer process. Unfortunately, this service involves more time than our staff can effectively maintain as well as the additional costs of providing the service.
Transfers or the conveyance of real property or a manufactured home will only be accepted in person.
We encourage you to contact local title companies to process your transfer or conveyance of real property.