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In Cambria County, Pennsylvania, it is the responsibility of the Recorder of Deeds to record and maintain real property documents for the county. These records include deeds, easements, and other instruments used in the conveyance of property. Recording requirements must be met and fees must be paid before recording can take place.
To record a deed or mortgage is $91.75 for the first four pages. Every page beyond that is $2; each name after the first four and each description beyond the first one is $0.50
All Cambria County Recordings must have a UPI Certification. The above fee includes only one UPI Certification. Each additional parcel number is $20.00.
All documents as listed below are subject to the $20.00 UPI ordinance fee:
Decrees of Distribution
Awards of Real Estate
Rights of Way Easements
Leases (land, oil and gas, mineral) Condemnations
Declarations of Taking
Assignment of Leases and Rents
Highway Occupancy Permits
Statements of Adverse Possession
All Deeds and Mortgage have an additional $15.00 fee for a County Demolition Fund. This fee is not included in the above fee.
Registration Fees -- Deeds Only
If the property is located in:
City of Johnstown, add $1.25
Borough of Hastings, add $0.25
Borough of Nanty Glo, add $0.25
Borough of Westmont, add $0.25
Two checks are required for recording deeds. One check for the 1% State Realty Transfer Tax and one check for the 1% local realty transfer tax and the recording fee. If claiming an exemption, a Pennsylvania Statement of Value form REV-183 EX (10-14) is required by PA. law.
NOTE: there will be up to a $5.00 processing fee for any refund for over-payment of fees in any form other than cash.
NOTE: all documents to be returned by mail are required to have a self-addressed, stamped envelope. Please be certain that the envelope is of sufficient size for the documents to be returned. If the envelope does not have the proper postage and/or is not of sufficient size, you will be responsible for the retrieval of the documents from the "Recorder of Deeds Office"
Cash or checks are acceptable forms of payments. Checks can be made payable to "Recorder of Deeds."
Any of the documents listed above that are mailed to the "Cambria County Recorder of Deeds Office" for recording, will be forwarded by their office to the "Cambria County Tax Assessment Office" for approval prior to recording.
Call the Recorder of Deeds office at (814) 472-1473 for recording fees and transfer taxes.
1. A deed must be acknowledged before the Recorder of Deeds can consider it for recordation. An acknowledgment must include the county and state. The name of person acknowledging should be given exactly the same as it appears in the document. Other necessary elements are a notary signature, notary stamp, and the notary expiration date. The acknowledgment date should be on or after the execution date of the document.
2. The maximum size page accepted is 8.5 x 14 inches and the minimum is 8.5 x 11 inches. Margins should be a minimum of 1-inch and should be free from all markings.
3. A complete legal description of the real property must be present on the deed.
4. The Uniform Parcel Identifier number that has been assigned to the parcel must be stated on the document. For assistance with this, contact the County Mapping Department. In order for a recorded document to provide constructive notice under the Pennsylvania recording laws, it must have a Uniform Parcel Identifier number.
5. A Certificate of Residence, with the grantee's name and mailing address, should be attached to the deed.
6. A deed should state the true consideration of the property or should be accompanied by an original Affidavit of Value. If claiming an exemption from taxation, the deed must be accompanied by an original and fully completed Affidavit of Value.
7. If multiple documents constituting one transaction are submitted, the order of recording must be clearly indicated. The party submitting the documents is responsible for any re-recording expenses resulting from an improper order of recording.
8. Any corrective documents must include a reference to the document being corrected, as well as the reason for correction. A corrective deed must also include a Statement of Value and a recorded copy of the document being corrected.
9. A re-recorded document must be acknowledged again, and must also include the reason for re-recording.
10. When submitting a deed that pertains to property in more than one municipality, the percentage of local transfer tax for each municipality must be stated.
Statement of Value:
A Statement of Value is necessary whenever (1) the full consideration is not set forth in the deed, (2) when the deed is without consideration or is by gift, or (3) a tax exemption is claimed. A Statement of Value is not required if the transfer is wholly exempt from tax based on familial relationship or public utility easement.
If the transfer is between family members, the relationship must be stated on the deed.
The Statement of Value must be completed in its entirety and submitted in duplicate with a reason for the exemption and the amount of exemption.
A Statement of Value must also be submitted for easements and rights-of-ways.
The Recorder of Deeds in Cambria County has a two-day return policy for documents that have been recorded.