The State Land Office was established in 1887 by order of the Indiana General Assembly. The State Land Office serves as the repository for deeds and plats of land previously or currently owned by the State, with the exception of state highways and right-of-ways, which are housed in the Indiana Department of Transportation, and state universities, which are kept at each university (IC 14-18-1.5).
The State owns 377,000 acres of land, which accounts for 1.6% of Indiana 's total acreage. The office maintains approximately 6,000 deeds and draft overview maps of state properties in a GIS (Geographic Information System).
The office also:
- Approves the legal description of real property prior to purchase or sale by state agencies.
- Provides abstract records and documents from State Archives and courthouses for the purpose of identifying State owned property.
The Land Office is open to the public during regular business hours for walk-in service. The Office is located on the second floor of the Indiana Government Center South, 402 West Washington Street, Room W-256, Indianapolis, Indiana 46204. This location is next to the Indiana Department of Natural Resources main entrance.