Here are some answers to commonly asked questions:

What is the Registry of Deeds?
The Registry of Deeds is a government office that records, stores, and provides information about property ownership, liens, and other real estate documents in a specific county or district in Massachusetts.
What documents can be recorded at the Registry of Deeds?
The Registry of Deeds records various types of documents pertaining to Real Property. Documents include: deeds, mortgages, discharges, easements, liens, plans, etc.
What are the fees for recording documents?

Fees vary depending on the type of document being recorded. Please visit our Fees & Filings page for the Registry of Deeds Fee Schedule.

How can I search for property records?
Property records can be searched online through the Registry’s search website, or in person at our office. You will need the property’s address, owner’s name, and/or other information to begin your search.

If you need assistance with searching through the Registry’s records, please contact our office during business hours and our staff will be happy to help you begin your search.

How do I get a copy of a deed or other recorded document?
Copies of recorded documents can be obtained online, via mail, or in person at the Registry office.

To obtain a copy online, visit the Registry’s search website to search for the document(s), add them to the basket, and purchase the copies. Once purchased, the documents can be either downloaded or printed.

How do I change my name on my deed?
You do not need to do anything. The next time you record a document, write your CURRENT NAME formerly known as PREVIOUS NAME. Both names will then be in the index to let anyone researching the title that both names refer to the same person.
What do I do now that my mortgage has been paid?
First and foremost, congratulations on paying off your mortgage! Once the final payment has been confirmed and processed, the lender bank will issue a Discharge of Mortgage. This document must be recorded at the Registry to show that the mortgage is no longer in effect. You should ask your lender if they will record the discharge, or if they will be mailing it to you. The current fee to record a Discharge of Mortgage is $105, plus applicable postage if a stamped self-addressed envelope is not included.

If you have questions or concerns, please contact us