Recorder of Deeds

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 March 1, 2019, 8 ½ x 11 documents must be presented in 12 font.

8 ½ x 14 documents must be presented in 14 font