Wayne County Courthouse Annex
925 Court Street
Honesdale, PA 18431
Phone: (570) 253-5970 Ext. 4040
Recorder of Deeds
Deborah L. Bates
Jennifer Noble – Chief Deputy
The Recorder of Deeds Office is the custodian of the records and indexes relating to conveyance of land or the transfer of real property in the County. These include deeds, mortgages, subdivision plans, rights-of-way and easements. This office also records the commission and oaths of County officials, district justices and notary publics as well as maintaining copies of military discharges and numerous miscellaneous documents.
The Recorder of Deeds office is open Monday through Friday from 8:30 AM to 4:30 PM however no papers will be accepted for recording after 4:00 PM.
The Wayne County Historical Society maintains an online database containing more than 50,000 items to aid in genealogical research, which can be accessed here.
Effective August 1, 2014
|BASE fee for recording Deeds, Mortgages, Easements, Leases (30 yrs or more) and Sales Agreements for 4 pages and 4 names.||$||54.00|
|Each additional page||$||2.00|
|Each additional name||$||.50|
|BASE fee for recording Mortgage Satisfaction Pieces, Assignments and Releases||$||56.00|
|BASE fee for recording Mortgage Agreements and Modifications||$||20.50|
|*Mortgage Satisfaction Pieces DO NOT require the original mortgage or a certified copy from the Recorder of Deeds office at time of recording.|
|Plans and Maps|
Maximum size 24″ X 36″
|State Highway Plans||$||15.00|
|Each additional page||$||3.00|
|UCC – “SECURED TRANSACTIONS”|
|UCC-1 Standard form (flat fee)||$||100.00|
There is no charge for filing your military discharge papers.For all other fees contact the Recorder of Deeds office @ 570-253-5970 Ext. 4040.
NO FAXED DOCUMENTS ARE ACCEPTED FOR RECORDING
- Items Checked on Documents Submitted for Recording
- Caption date vs. acknowledgment date: The acknowledgment should not predate the caption.
- Acknowledgment must include the following: county, state, date, person/corporate officers appearing, notary signature, notary seal and notary expiration date. If any of the above are missing the acknowledgment will be considered defective.
- Notary stamp must be clear and legible. Writing or typing information on the stamp is a violation of chapter 12 of the PA Notary Law.
- All documents must indicate municipality, county, and state where property is located.
- The written amount must match the numerical amount on all deeds.
- All deeds, mortgages and assignments must have a certification of grantee, mortgagee or assignee’s address with zip code and it must be signed.
- Book and page numbers of mortgages must appear on all documents that refer back to an original document.
- Transfer taxes and/or Statement of Value forms must accompany all deeds. These forms must be fully completed as per the State Department of Revenue.
- Checks submitted for payment of taxes and fees must be in the correct amount
- Re-recorded documents must be re-signed and re-acknowledged.
- Multiple papers constituting one transaction must be clearly numbered as to the proper order in which they are to be placed on record. Any re-recording expenses resulting from an improper order of documents will be paid for by the party submitting the instruments for recording.
- Documents presented for recording with property in more than one locality must clearly state in the document the percentage in each locality as to the division of local Transfer tax.
Since all recording in our office is done by scanning, please use black ink, black stamp pads, black typewriter ribbon and white or manila paper.
Only legible documents capable of being reproduced on microfilm will be acceptable for recording, all others will be returned to the sender. FAXED COPIES ARE NOT ACCEPTABLE.
Mailing of Recorded Documents:
The Recorder’s Office will not mail recorded documents unless a stamped, self-addressed envelope has been furnished at the time of recording.
A Guide To Recording
Q. WHAT ARE THE HOURS OF THE RECORDER OF DEEDS OFFICE?
A. The office is open to the public on week-days from 8:30 AM to 4:30 PM; however no papers will be accepted for recording after 4:00 PM.
Q. HOW FAR BACK DO THE RECORDS GO?
A. The 1800’s
Q. WHAT ARE THE RECORDING FEES?
A. Please contact our office for applicable fees @ (570) 253-5970 Ext. 4040.
Q. MAY I DO RECORDING BY MAIL?
A. Yes, but you should make sure the documents meet all legal requirements and that your check is made payable for the correct amount.
Q. CAN I GET INFORMATION OVER THE PHONE?
A. General information can be obtained by phone but for more detailed information you should come into the office or retain a Title Searcher or Attorney. Office employees are not permitted to make searches.
Q. HOW LONG DOES IT TAKE TO GET PAPERS BACK?
A. The Recorder’s office is the only one in the Courthouse to return the original papers. It takes about two to three weeks. The papers are sent back to the person who records them in most cases a Title Company or Attorney. We require a self-addressed stamped envelope if they are to be returned by mail.
Q. HOW DO I GET A COPY OF MY DEED OR MORTGAGE?
A. You can get a copy by sending a request to the Recorder of Deeds Office. The charge is $.50 per page. If you want the copy certified there is an additional fee of $1.50. Enclose a self-addressed stamped envelope.
Q. CAN I PREPARE MY OWN DEED?
A. Yes, but it usually is a good idea to have someone with a certain expertise in the field such as a Real Estate Agent, Attorney or Title Company prepare it for you to make sure it is correct. Employees of the Recorder’s office may not do this for you.