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In McKean County, Pennsylvania, it is the responsibility of the county Recorder of Deeds to record and maintain real property documents. 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.
The base fee for recording deeds and mortgages is $86.75. This fee includes four names, four pages, and one parcel. Each additional parcel/description is $1, each additional page is $4, and each additional name is $1.
Base fee for recording Rights of Way, Easements, Agreements, Bill of Sale- $58.75
Each additional page (after 4) - $2.00
Each additional name (after 4) - $0.50
Effective November 2, 2023, the JCS Fee has gone back up to $40.25
All Deeds being recorded in the City of Bradford - Please include an additional $1.50 for the City Registration Form
Copies are 50 cents per page if they are picked up in the office. If mailed or faxed, copies are $1 per page.
All deeds with realty transfer tax must have a separate check for recording fees and taxes. Unless a document is exempt, local and state realty transfer taxes will apply.
All documents require a self-addressed stamped envelope so that documents may be returned.
Contact the McKean County Recorder of Deeds at 814.887.3250 if you have questions regarding recording fees, transfer taxes, or payment options.
Document Formatting Requirements
1. A deed must be acknowledged before the Recorder of Deeds can consider it. An acknowledgment must include the county and state. The name of the 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.
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 signed 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.