Of all the responsibilities of the County Clerk, the recording of legal instruments is perhaps the most traditional and basic duty. In terms of sheer volume, legal instruments constitute the major portion of paperwork flowing through the office, require the greatest amount of storage space, and usually take up a larger portion of the Clerk's time than any other single duty. These legal instruments will be:
Instruments that prove ownership or interest in real or personal property,
Instruments concerning the identity of commercial activities, and
Instruments concerning the identity of persons.
Examples of these documents are Assumed Names Certificates, Birth and Death Certificates, Marriage Licenses, Federal, State and Mechanics Liens, Deeds, Cattle Brands, Various Bonds, Military Discharges, Uniform Commercial Codes (UCC's), Beer and Wine Licenses, and Foreclosure Notices. The instruments are filed and recorded in a safe and permanent manner, and an index is provided so records may be easily and completely retrieved.
For more information, please review the answers to this list of frequently asked questions, or call us at (512) 943-1515 or fax us at (512) 943-1616 if we can help you. Our offices are at the Williamson County Justice Center, 405 MLK, Georgetown, TX 78626. The County Clerk's office is open every day from 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday, except holidays. Our offices are open during the lunch hour.
Please see also the online list of fees above which we are required by law to charge for our services, as well as the most frequently used forms for this division which you can print on your printer.