Recorder of Deeds

Rick Loughery is the Chester County Recorder of Deeds, the elected county official responsible for the public repository of real estate records, military discharges, commissions and official documents. Elected in November 2011 and sworn into office in January 2012, Rick became the youngest elected county official in Pennsylvania.

The Office of the Recorder of Deeds is an important interface between taxpayers, real estate professionals and county government. Rick has upgraded his office to a new, high-tech recording system, quadrupled electronic recording capacity and partnered with District Attorney Tom Hogan in a campaign against real estate fraud. He balanced his budget each year and secured millions in surplus to help keep county taxes low. Rick also launched the Veterans ID & Discount program, which provides special photo identification to Chester County Veterans and offers discounts from participating businesses to those Veterans with the ID. 
Rick earned both his bachelor’s and master’s degrees from West Chester University. He is the former analyst to Commissioner Terence Farrell, who had also served as Recorder of Deeds, and was an elected Township Auditor. Born and raised in Chester County, Rick is active within our community and has been recognized as an emerging leader and distinguished young professional


Reminder: Thu, Nov 26 - Fri, Nov 27
Thanksgiving Holiday (County Offices Closed)

House Resolution 473 designates Monday, Nov. 2 as “Veterans, Record Your Discharge Day” in Pennsylvania.  
HARRISBURG – The state House today unanimously approved a measure introduced by Rep. Kerry Benninghoff (R-Centre/Mifflin) to encourage Pennsylvania veterans to file a copy of their release or discharge papers with their county recorder of deeds office. This service is provided at no cost to veterans and their families. Oftentimes, veterans are required to provide certified copies of their release or discharge documents to obtain various state and federal benefits, to use for wills and estate purposes as well as certain employment purposes.  HR 473 - Vets Record Your Discharge Day

New requirements for preparing "Power of Attorney" Documents Effective: January 1, 2015
Please read the House Bill 1429 (now known as Act 95)
More information and examples regarding "Power of Attorney".....

On October 16th, 2013 House Resolution 493 was adopted designating November 1st, 2013, as “Veterans, Record Your Discharge Day" in Pennsylvania.

I encourage veterans to record their release or discharge documents (DD-214) in their County’s Recorder of Deeds Office. This is a free service and ensures that the veterans’ discharge documents are available to them in the future should the originals become lost or stolen.

“Our veterans must provide certified copies of their military discharge to receive various benefits and for certain legal matters. My office is the official repository of over 28,000 discharges of Chester County veterans, preserving their proof of service to this great country. Furthermore, my office also offers a special photo ID to our veterans, which provides access to discounts at participating businesses across the county. We do all of this at no cost to our veterans which is our way of thanking them for their sacrifice!” Rick Loughery Recorder of Deeds

To view the House Resolution 493 "Veterans, Record Your Discharge Day" click here HR 493

Department of Revenue Statement of Value form will change: effective January 1st, 2015
2015 Statement of Value form

Chester County Recorder of Deeds Sues Major Banks

Good Deeds Newsletter November 2014

Veterans ID and Discount Program

Office of the Recorder of Deeds Mission Statement

Document Recording Requirements
Document Types