Lookup Public Records in Stephenson County, Illinois. Including Vital Birth and Death Records, Deeds, Probate, Property Records, Mortgages, Liens, Judgments, Marriage Licenses, Voter Registrar, Payroll, Military Discharges.

Stephenson County, Illinois Overview

Stephenson County is located in the state of Illinois. The county was formed in 1837 and named after Colonel Benjamin Stephenson, an official of the Illinois Territory. The county seat is Freeport. As of 2013, the county has a population of 46740. The county has a total area of 565 square miles, 565 square miles of which is land, and 0.5 square miles is water. The county consists of 19 ZIP codes, with ZIP code 61032 recorded as the one with the largest population. Stephenson County borders the following counties: Green County, Wisconsin to the north; Winnebago County, Illinois to the east; Jo Daviess County, Illinois to the west; Lafayette County, Wisconsin to the northwest; Carroll County, Illinois to the southwest, and; Ogle County, Illinois to the southeast.

Stephenson County Clerk Information

The Office of the County Clerk focuses on keeping accurate and detailed county records. Some of the key functions of the department include:

  • County records—general
  • Land records
  • State and federal liens
  • Payroll
  • Elections
  • Voter registration
  • Marriage licenses
  • Tax redemptions
  • Tax extensions

Certified copies of birth, death and marriage records of persons who were born, deceased or married in Stephenson County may be obtained from the Office of the Stephenson County Clerk. All vital records, except birth records (which can only be requested by eligible people), can be obtained by anyone. These records can obtained online using the provided links. Alternatively, mail-in form requests for these records are also available for download.
Property ownership can be traced in the Recorder’s Office. You can come into their office and receive assistance in gathering information. All records in their office are located by searching the grantor (seller)/grantee (buyer) name index. A website is also provided to perform a property search.
For all other public records, you can do a FOIA request, which requires to be done in writing.

Below is the physical address of the County Clerk and Recorder:

Vici Otte, County Clerk

Stephenson County Clerk and Recorder
50 West Douglas, Suite 500
Freeport, IL 61032
8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m., Monday – Friday

Court Clerk Information

The Stephenson County Circuit Clerk’s Office is the official record-keeper of Stephenson County’s trial court. The Circuit Clerk’s office is responsible for the collection and distribution of fines, fees, and costs.

The Stephenson County Circuit Clerk’s Office offers online payment of traffic tickets or court fees through GovPayNet. Judici contains a database of the public portion of court records in area counties. You can access public court records and case information by searching them up in Judici.

Below is the physical address of the Circuit Clerk:

Nathan A. Luy, Stephenson County Circuit Clerk
15 N. Galena Ave.
2nd Floor
Freeport, Illinois 61032

Stephenson County Clerk’s Office

Address: 50 W Douglas St, Freeport, IL 61032, United States
Phone: 815-235-8277

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