Effective 1/1/2015 cover sheets are now required when recording land records. The VLRCS can be found on the Supreme Court deed calculation web site. When you choose the locality that you are recording in and they require a cover sheet a hyper link will show up telling you to "click here" to access the cover sheet.
Whomever prepares the cover sheet is responsible for the accuracy of the information contained therein (VaCode 17.1-227.1(c)). This office will only be indexing from the cover sheet(s).
According to VaCode 17.1-227.1(a) the coversheet must include the following:
- All grantors, grantees, and identify surname if applicable
- Amount of consideration and actual value if a deed or instrument
- State the Virginia or Federal law under which any exemption from recordation taxes being claimed
- Tax map or pin number
- Who to return to after recordation
Though the legal description is not a required item we would prefer if you would include it. Number of pages does not include the coversheet.
Below are some hints that may help you accurately complete the coversheet.
Do not use the terms FKA, AKA, or DBA.
Do not include any punctuation; for example no period after middle initial, no commas/periods in legal description.
All tax map numbers must be on coversheet.
Check signatures of who signed and if they are different from what is typed please include that name also.
Any document that references a prior recording must include that prior deed book/page or instrument number on the coversheet.
On certificates of satisfactions the borrowers are listed as both grantors and grantees, the trustees are listed as grantors.
The Virginia Information Technologies Agency(VITA) has provided the "Standards for Indexing Land Record Instruments" that may assist you with the information you need to accurately complete the cover sheets.