In accordance with O.C.G.A. 15-19-51, the Clerk’s Office is strictly prohibited from providing any legal advice. To ensure that all procedures are followed and the rights of all parties are protected, it is advised to seek legal counsel from a licensed attorney. Real Estate Records F.A.Q.s (Click on the question to jump to the question and answer .) What is the responsibility of the Real Estate Records Division? How can I request a copy of a document? How much does it cost to obtain a copy of a document? How do I transfer my property? How do I locate land records? What is a plat? Are original documents required for filing? Do you provide legal forms for filing real estate documents? What is the turn-around time on filing real estate documents? Are real estate records accessible on time? Can your staff give legal advice? Why did you put a lien on my credit report? Who do I call if I see a county tax lien on my credit report or property title record? Who do I call if I see a federal tax lien on my credit report or property title record? How do I obtain a list of foreclosures in Muscogee County? When and where are foreclosure properties auctioned? How can I have a title search performed on my property in Georgia if I live in another state? What is the responsibility of the Real Estate Records Division? As keeper of public records, we are responsible for filing, recording and indexing all deeds, liens, plats and UCCs related to real estate within Muscogee County. Back to Questions How can I request a copy of a document? Requests can be made by mail or by visiting our office. Please click here to request a copy by mail. Back to Questions How much does it cost to obtain a copy of a document? On-line Copies Free Walk-in Copies (regular) $0.50 per page Walk-in Copies (certified) $0.50 per page plus $2.50 for certification Mail-in Copies (regular) $10.00 Flat Fee Mail-in Copies (certified) $10.00 Flat Fee (Note: We do not accept checks, credit or debit cards at this time. Walk-in copies may be paid in cash or money order. Mail-in copies may be paid by money order.) Back to Questions How do I transfer my property? The type of deed filed indicates the purpose of the transaction. Both warranty and quitclaim deeds transfer property from one owner to another. (Please consider seeking legal counsel from a licensed attorney.) Once the deed is typed, the signature of the grantor must be witnessed and notarized before filing with the Clerk’s Office. The grantor is the individual selling or transferring the property. And the grantee is the individual buying or receiving the property. Back to Questions How do I locate land records? To locate any land record it is helpful to have the following information: The buyer’s name (grantee) The seller’s name (grantor) The date of the transaction (particularly the year) The address of the property Back to Questions What is a plat? A plat is a drawing made from a survey that shows the property lines and the total amount of acreage of a particular piece of land. Back to Questions Are original documents required for filing? Yes, original documents are required by Georgia Code for filing. Copies or faxes of originals are not accepted. Back to Questions Do you provide legal forms for filing real estate documents? No, we do not provide legal forms for filing real estate documents. However, most office supply stores carry real estate legal forms. You might also consider contacting a licensed attorney that specializes in real estate law. Back to Questions What is the turn-around time on filing real estate documents? The processing time varies due to the volume of documents filed daily. Generally, the processing time is one to two weeks; however, you can always request to expedite your filling. Back to Questions Are real estate records accessible on-line? Yes, our property records are available on-line and free to the public. We do, however, charge for copies printed from the public terminals located in our deed record room. Back to Questions Can your staff give legal advice? In accordance with O.C.G.A. 15-19-51, the Clerk’s Office is strictly prohibited from providing any legal advice. To insure that all procedures are followed and the rights of all parties are protected, it is advised to seek legal counsel from a licensed attorney. Back to Questions Why did you put a lien on my credit report? This office does not report information to any credit bureau. The credit bureau examines our official records to get information that affects your credit. Back to Questions Who do I call if I see a county tax lien on my credit report or property title record? If your taxes are not paid in full, you should contact the Tax Commissioner’s office at (706) 653-4208 for more information on your property taxes. Back to Questions Who do I call if I see a federal tax lien on my credit report or property title record? If your taxes are not paid in full, you should contact the Internal Revenue Service at (706) 494-9079 for more information. Back to Questions How do I obtain a list of foreclosures in Muscogee County? The foreclosure properties that are sold in Muscogee County are advertised in the legal notices section of the Columbus Ledger once a week for four (4) weeks prior to the sale of the property. Back to Questions When and where are foreclosure properties auctioned? Foreclosure properties are auctioned on the first Tuesday of every month on the front steps of the Courthouse. It is best to arrive in the early morning hours. Back to Questions How can I have a title search performed on my property in Georgia if I live in another state? You may contact an attorney or a title company to complete a title search. Back to Questions