Recorder of Deeds

About the Recorder's Office
The Recorder of Deeds office has been faithfully serving the residents of Chester County since 1688.  The Recorder of Deeds is the custodian of all records and indexes relating to land transactions and is required to archive those records. Document information and images are available to the public online.

In addition, the Recorder of Deeds is responsible for administering oaths and recording the commissions of notaries public.  The office acts as the repository for military discharge papers (DD214s), bonds and commissions of county elected officials, common pleas judges and magisterial district judges. Also recorded here are subdivision and highway plans, powers of attorney and other miscellaneous documents.

The Recorder of Deeds office is responsible for the collection of county and state fees as well as real estate transfer taxes which are then distributed to the Commonwealth and Chester County’s 73 municipalities and 14 school districts.

This office does not depend on County tax dollars to operate.  The office of Recorder of Deeds is self-sufficient and generates a net profit for the Chester County General Fund.

Mission Statement
For more than three hundred years, the Mission of the Recorder of Deeds office steadfastly remains dedicated to promptly preserving the integrity, accuracy and continuity of Chester County designated public land records, thus helping to insure, protect and preserve property ownership and promote the engagement of business involving real estate, with expedience and confidence, now and in the future.