Utah Quitclaim Deed Form

Last Updated: February 28, 2024 by Rukshani Lye

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What is a Quitclaim Deed in Utah? 

In Utah, a quitclaim deed is used to transfer property from an owner (“Grantor”) to a new owner (“Grantee”), without any promises or guarantees about the property’s title.   Quitclaim deeds are a quick way to transfer property but they offer the lowest security among real estate deeds in Utah.

The most common use of quitclaim deeds is between parties with high levels of trust, such as family members or close friends.

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What is the Difference Between a Quitclaim Deed and a Warranty Deed in Utah?

The main difference between quitclaim deeds and warranty deeds in Utah is that a quitclaim deed provides less security to the Grantee. 

A warranty deed provides legal protection to the new owner because it confirms that the Grantor owns the property and has the right to make a transfer.

Warranty deeds are mostly used for real estate transactions in Utah. Quitclaim deeds, on the other hand, are used for transfers between family and friends.

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How Do Quitclaim Deeds Work in Utah?

Laws surrounding quitclaim deeds are found in Chapter 57 of the Utah Code, titled Real Estate.

Utah laws provide the sample language to be used in a quitclaim deed. It must state that the Grantor intends to “quitclaim” the property to the Grantor.  The term “conveys” is not used in a Utah quitclaim deed as it implies warranty.

Once prepared, the quitclaim deed must be filed at the Office of the Recorder in the county where the property is located.  

Can You Prepare Your Own Quitclaim Deed in Utah?

You can prepare your own quitclaim deed in Utah. A professional drafter is not legally required. 

Utah Quitclaim Deed Requirements

For the quitclaim deed to be legally valid in Utah, it must follow certain state-specific rules.

Formatting Requirements

Formatting requirements for quitclaim deeds in Utah include:

  1. Paper: letter size (8.5 x 11); white colored only. 
  2. Font size: no smaller than seven lines per vertical inch.
  3. Font color: printed with black ink only. 
  4. Margins: first page must have space of 2.5 inches down and 4.5 inches across the upper right corner. Remaining pages are 1 inch on all sides.
  5. Text must be legible and photocopiable. 
  6. No binding or stapling.
  7. Single-sided print only.

Content Requirements 

Content requirements for quitclaim deeds in Utah include: 

  1. Grantor’s name and address.
  2. Grantee’s name and address.
  3. The Grantor’s marital status.
  4. Return name and address.
  5. Name and address for tax information.
  6. English language or certified translation.
  7. The title “Quitclaim Deed.”
  8. Property address.
  9. Property legal description.
    Deeds recorded after 2022 must follow one of the following guidelines:

    1. Metes and bounds.
    2. Government survey: reference a Public Land Survey System; or list the township, range, base and meridian, and section.
    3. Previously recorded map or plat: lot, block, tract, parcel, or unit within a previously recorded deed.
    4. Mining claim: If the property is a mining claim, include the claim name and, if available, a state or federal agency serial number.
  10. Property’s parcel or tax identification number.
    • The parcel or tax ID number should be placed in the margin of the deed.
    • It should not be included in the legal description.
    • Consideration clause – the value or the amount of money exchanged.

Who Signs a Quitclaim Deed in Utah?

For a quitclaim deed to be legally valid in Utah, it must be signed by the Grantor. If the Grantor is married, both spouses must sign the quitclaim deed. Alternatively, a spousal waiver of homestead rights can be signed and attached.

The Grantor’s signature must be acknowledged by a notary public.

How to File a Quitclaim Deed in Utah 

Here’s how to file a quitclaim deed in Utah: 

  1. Prepare the quitclaim deed with the required information; either the original or a certified copy should be submitted for recording.
  2. Water Rights Addendum.
    1. All quitclaim deeds submitted for recording after July 1, 2011, must complete and attach one of the following Water Rights Addendums: 
      1. Addendum to Land Deeds
      2. Addendum to Water Deeds
    2. The Addendum identifies and describes the transferred water rights, even if water does not apply to the property. 
  3. Once the quitclaim deed is executed, ensure that the Grantor’s signature is acknowledged before a notary public.
  4. Finally, file the quitclaim deed at the Office of the Recorder in the county where the property is located. 

      How Much Does it Cost to File a Quitclaim Deed in Utah?

      In Utah, the minimum charges for filing a quitclaim deed are as follows:

      • Base fee for recording any instrument: $40
      • Each additional description over 10: $2 
      • Subdivision map (per page (24 x 36 mylar): $50.00
      • Each certificate under seal: $5

      What Taxes Are Owed on Quitclaim Deeds in Utah?

      Property transfers in Utah are not subject to real estate transfer taxes. However, taxes based on industry-specific commercial transfers may be applicable.  

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      How Long Does a Quitclaim Deed Take to be Recorded in Utah?

      The time it takes to record a quitclaim deed in Utah varies based on the county and its specific processes. Typically, it can take anywhere from a few days to a few weeks.

      What Happens After a Quitclaim Deed is Recorded in Utah?

      Once the deed is presented at the county Office of the Recorder, the deed is stamped and assigned indexing numbers. Maps are scanned and microfilmed. The office cross-references previous records to check for any liens or title issues on the property. Finally, the original document is returned, and a copy is retained for departmental use.

      How Long Are Quitclaim Deeds Valid For in Utah? 

      There is no expiration for quitclaim deeds in Utah. However, if anyone wishes to challenge the deed’s title, there is no time limit to do so as the Utah Supreme Court has ruled that a genuine quiet title claim is not restricted by the statute of limitations.