EFFECTIVE NOVEMBER 1, 2023
All deeds presented for recording MUST have attached as an exhibit an affidavit for each grantee that complies with 60 O.S. ⸹ 121
Affidavit must be form issued by the Oklahoma Attorney General and may be found at https://www.oag.ok.gov/public-forms
A. No alien or any person who is not a citizen of the United States shall acquire title to or own land in this state either directly or indirectly through a business entity or trust, except as hereinafter provided, but he or she shall have and enjoy in this state such rights as to personal property as are, or shall be accorded a citizen of the United States under the laws of the nation to which such alien belongs, or by the treaties of such nation with the United States, except as the same may be affected by the provisions of Section 121 et seq. of this title or the Constitution of this state. Provided, however, the requirements of this subsection shall not apply to a business entity that is engaged in regulated interstate commerce in accordance with federal law.
B. On or after the effective date of this act, any deed recorded with a county clerk shall include as an exhibit to the deed an affidavit executed by the person or entity coming into title attesting that the person, business entity, or trust is obtaining the land in compliance with the requirements of this section and that no funding source is being used in the sale or transfer in violation of this section or any other state or federal law. A county clerk shall not accept and record any deed without an affidavit as required by this section. The Attorney General shall promulgate a separate affidavit form for individuals and for business entities or trusts to comply with the requirements of this section, with the exception of those deeds which the Attorney General deems necessary when promulgating the affidavit form.
The office of County Clerk was established by the Oklahoma Constitution and is regulated by Oklahoma State Statutes. The County Clerk serves as the County Recorder, Financial Officer and secretary to various boards and commission. The County Clerk is the official record keeper for the county.
Duties of the County Clerk:
Record and maintain all deeds, mortgages, plats, oil leases, liens and other documents pertaining to land and minerals. Records held by the County Clerk go back to the Land Patents filed after the Land Run.
Serve as the County Purchasing Agent; processing all purchase orders and payments for the county.
Serve as the County Payroll Clerk; processing all payroll, retirement and insurance for county employees.
Serve as secretary and record keeper for the Board of County Commissioners, Excise Board, Equalization Board and Tax Roll Correction Board.
Maintain all financial ledgers for the county.
Records held by the County Clerk are, with limited exception, open to the public.