A document or a certified copy of a document may be recorded without acknowledgment if:

(1)  it was executed under law existing at the time of execution;

Terms Used In Utah Code 57-4a-3

  • Certified copy: means a copy of a document certified by its custodian to be a true and correct copy of the document or the copy of the document maintained by the custodian, where the document or copy is maintained under the authority of the United States, the state of Utah or any of its political subdivisions, another state, a court of record, a foreign government, or an Indian tribe. See Utah Code 57-1-1
  • Document: means every instrument in writing, including every conveyance, affecting, purporting to affect, describing, or otherwise concerning any right, title, or interest in real property, except wills and leases for a term not exceeding one year. See Utah Code 57-1-1
  • Property: includes both real and personal property. See Utah Code 68-3-12.5
  • State: when applied to the different parts of the United States, includes a state, district, or territory of the United States. See Utah Code 68-3-12.5
  • United States: includes each state, district, and territory of the United States of America. See Utah Code 68-3-12.5
(2)  it evidences or affects title to real property; and

(3)  it was issued under the authority of:

(a)  the United States, another state, a court of record, a foreign government, or an Indian tribe; or

(b)  this state or any of its political subdivisions but, any document executed under the authority of this state or any of its political subdivisions after July 1, 1988, may not be recorded unless it includes a certificate of acknowledgement or jurat.

Amended by Chapter 88, 1989 General Session