Recorder of Deeds
Employees of the Recorder of Deeds office may not prepare deeds. You may prepare a deed on your own; however it is a good idea to have someone with a certain expertise in the field such as a Real Estate Agent, Attorney, or Title Company prepare it for you.
A deed is binding even if it is not recorded, but because of numerous reasons it is in your best interests to record it. One good reason: the former owner can go on getting mortgages, judgments and suits on your property since records in the Courthouse would still show ownership.
Deeds conveying property in any of the following municipalities MUST be registered with them within 72 hours after recording: Sellersville, Perkasie, Quakertown, New Britain, Newtown, Doylestown and Morrisville Boroughs and Buckingham, Doylestown, New Britain, Lower Southampton, Wrightstown, Durham and Warwick Townships.
How much does the recording cost?
You will find the cost of recording on the fee schedule.
How do I know exactly what information should be placed on my deed?
View the recording requirements.
How do I replace a lost deed?
By sending a request to the Recorder of Deeds Office. The charge is $1.00 per page; there is an additional fee of $1.50 if you would like the copy certified. Enclose a self-addressed, stamped envelope. We must have your full name, location of property and what year you purchased it. It helps if you have the County Tax Parcel Number.
How do I change, add or delete a name on a deed?
This can only be done by recording a new deed showing the change. Many people think they can simply come into the office and change the present deed on record. However, once a paper is recorded, it cannot be changed. The new deed can be prepared by your Attorney, Title Insurance Co. or a Real Estate Office.
Is it necessary to delete a deceased spouse's name?
Generally, no, if the property was held jointly by husband and wife as tenants by entireties. If and when the survivor sells or mortgages the property, he or she simply explains in the new deed or mortgage that the other spouse is deceased. There could be a special instance when because of a particular legal situation, the name should be deleted. You should consult your Attorney.
If a woman marries, must she change her name on her deed?
It is not legally required, but again because of a particular situation it might be desirable. Consult your attorney
If I sell off a portion of my land, do I get a deed for the remainder?
No. Records in the Courthouse show your original deed and the deed(s) for portions sold. Anyone searching records simply deducts the land you sold from the original deed.
If I build on my lot, do I get a new deed for the house?
No. The original deed usually covers any buildings erected on the lot at a later date. Check your deed for exceptions.
If I find a mistake in my deed, how do I correct?
Usually, the same way you change a name, by recording a new deed. In this case, it is known as a deed of correction. You should contact your Attorney or Title Insurance Company.
Bucks County Office of Recorder of Deeds
Joseph J. Szafran, Recorder of Deeds
Bucks County Courthouse
55 East Court St, 2nd Floor
Doylestown, PA 18901