ROD

As of Monday, June 8, 2020, the Washington County Recorder of Deeds office will be opening to the public:

1) When you arrive, please knock on the door for assistance and wait outside the door until you are called in to be waited on. There will be seats available to sit and wait outside for your convenience.

2) Please practice social distancing by remaining 6 feet apart at all times.

3) We now have Plexiglas dividers installed at each desk – please remain seated behind the glass at all times while being waited on – DO NOT walk around the office unless directed by the staff to do so. 

4) Masks are strongly recommended when you enter the Courthouse Square building for everyone’s safety.

 Due to the COVID-19 pandemic and to follow social distancing guidelines, we no longer have public terminals available within our office for general searches.

 The search room (located near the Tax Assessment office) will now only have 5 computers available to use for searches which will be 6 feet apart. If there is a line to use the computers, there will be a 5 minute limit for each use so that everyone waiting will have a chance to search. You may use the computer for 5 minutes and then wait in line outside of the search room for as many times as you wish to use a public terminal and complete your search.

 As a reminder, ALL DEEDS STARTING AT THE YEAR 1781 TO THE PRESENT DAY are available online and remotely using www.Landex.com – If you have any questions on how to access these records from your personal computer or how to use the website itself, please call 1-800-370-2836, Option 4 to speak to a Landex representative. 

 Thank you for your patience and understanding during this unusual and unprecedented time. 

Overview


The Washington County Recorder of Deeds Office was established in 1781 to:
  • Record deeds, mortgages, subdivisions, and other documents deemed by state law to be of enduring public value. Documents are recorded, indexed, verified, and scanned within the current business day
  • To collect fees and taxes levied for recording the documents and distribute the receipts to the state, county, municipalities, and school districts in accordance with the law
  • To assemble and retain the documents permanently for administrative, legal, and historical purposes
All recorded documents are of public record with the exception of Military Discharges (DD-214). Veterans are encouraged to file their military discharge papers for safekeeping. The original is maintained by the veteran, the copy retained by the office will be used to make a certified copy when a veteran applies for employment, veteran benefits, etc.

Subdivisions are submitted in mylar form. Signatures required on subdivision:
  • Washington County Planning Commission
  • Local Planning Commission (where applicable)
  • Board of Supervisors / Borough Council
  • Owners of subdivided real estate
Engineer's seal must be applied to plan. All subdivisions must be recorded within 90 days of the local governing body approval.

As of 4/8/2020 and beginning immediately, we no longer accept legal size pages of documents submitted electronically. As a reminder, only 12 font will be acceptable on letter size pages only.