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Lehigh County, Pennsylvania

Recorder Offices


Recorder of Deeds - Courthouse

455 W Hamilton St, Rm 122, Allentown, Pennsylvania 18101-2400

8:00am to 4:30pm Mon-Fri / Until 3:45pm for documents requiring PIN #

Phone: (610) 782-3162


Register of Deeds

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Pennsylvania - Lehigh County Recorder Information

The Recorder of Deeds division of the Clerk of Judicial Records is responsible for recording and maintaining real property records in Lehigh County.

Recording Fees

To record a 4-page deed with 4 names and 1 PIN certification, the fee is $80.25. Each additional page is $2. Each additional name is $0.50 and each additional PIN certification is $10. The Statement of Value will be recorded as part of the deed and added to the page count.

To record a 4-page easement with 4 names and 1 PIN certification, the fee is $68.75. Each additional page is $2 and each additional name is $0.50. Each additional PIN certification is $10.

Documents that do not meet the requirements will be charged an additional $10.

A rejection fee of $10 is applied each time a document is rejected.

If staff makes the copy, per page charge $1.00
Certification, per document $1.50

An overpayment of up to $20 will be considered a forfeit fee.

Checks must be made payable to the Recorder of Deeds. Blanks checks will not be accepted. No more than 10 documents will be recorded with one check.

Checks submitted for the payment of state and local realty transfer tax and recording fees must be in the correct amount. Recording fees, local realty transfer tax fee and state realty transfer tax fee may be combined on one check. Multiple checks will continue to be accepted if submitted. All checks are made payable to the "Recorder of Deeds".

A self-addressed stamped envelope of the appropriate size and correct postage must accompany all documents in order for the document to be returned. If a SASE is not included, a $1 charge will be added to the recording fees.


TRANSFER TAX

Transfer taxes and/or a Statement of Value must accompany all transfers of property unless an exemption is clearly stated on the deed (This applies to family transfers only).

The Department of Revenue requires the Statement of Value to be fully completed. It should be submitted in duplicate.

Any taxable document submitted for recording that pertains to property located in more than one municipality must be accompanied by a signed statement that clearly states the percentages and dollar amounts of the local realty transfer tax to be paid to each municipality.

Realty Transfer Tax forms and the Statement of Value form can be obtained from the Pennsylvania Department of Revenue website. This website also provides a list of exemptions.

If you need more information about recording fees or transfer taxes, contact the Lehigh County Recorder of Deeds at 610-782-3162.

Document Formatting Requirements

* The maximum paper size accepted for recording is 8.5 x 14 inches. Paper should be white and of at least 20 pound weight. 8.5 x 11 inch paper is also accepted.

* All documents submitted for recording must be legible. After the document has been imaged, the copy must be readable without magnification.

* Foreign language documents must be accompanied by a written English translation.

* Documents must have original signatures, which should be in black or dark ink and suitable for imaging. Corresponding names should be written beneath signatures; these names should match the names printed in the acknowledgment. Seals or stamps should not cover signatures or any printed text in the document. The acknowledgment date should not predate the date of execution on the document.

* A document must have proper acknowledgments by a notary public in order to be recorded and should include the following: County, state, date, name of person(s) signing, notary signature, notary stamp/seal (must be clear, legible, and in dark ink), and the notary expiration date. If any of these items are missing, the acknowledgment will be considered defective.

* On the first page, a 3-inch top margin should be provided. The right side of this margin will be used by the Recorder of Deeds. All other margins on the first page and on subsequent pages must be at least 1 inch.

* The UPI number (PIN and PARNUM) must appear on all documents relating to real estate and will be certified by the GIS department. To obtain PIN and PARNUM information, visit the Assessor's Records on the Lehigh County website.

* All real estate related documents must indicate the correct municipality, county, and state where the parcel is located.

* The written consideration amount must match the numerical amount on all deeds and mortgages.

* If a document has "legal attached" or "Exhibit A attached" written on it, the appropriate pages must be attached.

* A complete certified address for the grantee, clearly written or typed by the grantee or designee, must be on the deed.

* Multiple documents constituting one transaction must be clearly numbered in the proper order in which they are to be recorded.

* Any document that references a previously recorded document must state the original recording information and the book and page or instrument number.

* A statement of value is required to be submitted in duplicate with deeds.

A Correction Deed must include a Statement of Value form (in duplicate) along with a complete copy of the original deed that is being corrected.

Re-recorded documents must have a new acknowledgment, along with a typed or written explanation on the document that explains why it is being re-recorded.