Effective June 10, 2020, the Historic Courthouse is open to the general public and the Recorder's Office is happy to announce in-person services, including over-the-counter recording and notary services, are being provided on a first come, first serve basis. The public counter and research terminal will be open Mon-Fri 9:00 am to 5:00 pm. Our office will be open through the lunch hour and electronic recording hours remain 8:00 am to 4:00 pm. Notary services are limited to documents being recorded in this office. Due to social distancing requirements, it is encouraged that you call the office prior to coming in to conduct historic research.

For the safety of our employees and the public, we are asking that individuals do not enter the building if you have symptoms of COVID-19 or are not feeling well. Douglas County has provided staff with the guidance, training and equipment needed to re-open by following the operational expectations for all County facilities developed in accordance with guidelines provided by the State and Federal Government. These measures include sanitation practices, installation of plexus-glass barriers where possible, Personal Protective Equipment (PPE), hand washing, signage, and social distancing. 

Welcome to the Douglas County Recorder's Office!

The mission of the Recorder's Office is to record, permanently preserve, and provide convenient access to public records, with superior quality and efficient customer service. The public records located in the Douglas County Recorder's Office include documents related to real property, such as deeds and deeds of trust, homesteads, liens, easements and many others. We also record maps, mining documents and marriage certificates.

All of the services provided by the Recorder's Office are mandated by Nevada Revised Statute (NRS) 247. We hope you find our website to be a good resource for information, forms, access to the public records and link to other offices. Our friendly and knowledgeable staff are available to assist you in person, by phone, or by email.

Index & Images Available

Images provided online are unofficial copies, as noted by the “COPY” watermark, to comply with the statutory charge of $1 per page for Official Record copies.

1974-Present - Indexes and images for documents recorded from 1974 to the present are searchable on the website with ongoing efforts by Recorder's staff to index and load images back through 1972.

1855-1972 - Indexes and images for Official Records 1960-1972 are accessible through our 
historic records link, along with the index for Deeds prior to 1960. Images for records prior to 1960 are not available online at this time.

MAPS - All recorded maps are searchable online and can also be searched by Section, Township and Range.

MARRIAGES - Index only can be searched online for marriage records 1955-present. Digital images are unavailable, but certified or plain copies can be ordered online.

Document images from 1972-1974 and a variety of historic records are searchable on microfilm or microfiche on site at the Douglas County Recorder's Office.

About Karen Ellison, County Recorder

Karen Ellison was appointed as the Douglas County Recorder by the Board of County Commissioners in 2008 following the retirement of her predecessor, was elected to the office in 2010, and was re-elected in 2014 and 2018.

She is a graduate of the University of Montana with a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration and has more than 20 years of experience in the title industry, identifying and researching legal issues to real property transactions. She is a member of the Nevada Recorder's Association and past president for two years, formerly co-chair of the Northern Nevada Property Records Education Partners chapter, a member of PRIA (Property Records Industry Association), and a member of the County Fiscal Officers Association.

During her tenure, Karen and her office installed and implemented a new recording system and have digitized most of the documents and maps recorded in Douglas County since its inception. Through the development of technology, Karen and her staff have significantly improved the services to the users of the office.

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Confidential Information: Per NRS 239B.030 and 247.540, some documents may contain redacted information. Redaction of personal information as defined in NRS 603A.040 and 247.520 in no way affects the legality of the documents. 


Karen Ellison

Karen Ellison

County Recorder


Historic Courthouse - 1616 Eighth St.

P.O. Box 218 Minden, NV 89423


Ph: 775-782-9025

Fx: 775-783-6413

Hours of Operation

Monday - Friday

Public Counter 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.

(Open through the lunch hour)

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