Recorder of Deeds

Attention:

Effective November 30th, at 4:00 PM, the base fee for all $75.50 and $64.50 charge types is increasing by $4.75, making the base fees $80.25 and $69.25. This is due to the legislature increasing the statewide judicial computer software fee we collect.



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.

Note: No document will be accepted for recording if the font size is less than 12.