As a member of the public, how can I access the records in your office?

All records (except for military discharges) are public and anyone can access them. You may visit the office in person or you can get a copy mailed or faxed to you. The Recorder of Deeds Office is open from Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. through 4:30 p.m., except for legal holidays. Luzerne County usually posts in advance in the newspaper the days that county offices will be closed. It may be a good idea to call the office at  570-825-1641, if you have any questions regarding whether we will be open or closed on a certain date. For an individual who wishes to obtain a copy of one document, a visit to the office or a mail request is recommended. In the office, retrieval stations with the ability to print copies at the price of $0.50 cents per page are available for public use, and photocopiers are available to copy pages from the books at the cost of $0.50 cents per page.

In order to have the document mailed to you, you must make the request in writing and enclose the fee for this service. We must have the name, book and page number, and a self-addressed stamped envelope of sufficient size. The current fee for mailed documents is $5 for the first page, $2 each additional page and $2 to certify the document, if needed. You can get a copy faxed to you if you have the book and page number. The fee for this service is currently $2 per page. We cannot certify copies sent by fax. All of our computerized documents are also accessible through the Landex Remote; Landex Webstore and IQS Efilm Reader. The Landex remote access is most beneficial for individuals or companies who expect to access our records on a regular basis.

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1. What kinds of documents are filed in your office? Just deeds?
2. How far back do the records date in your office?
3. Are all of your documents kept in books? What if there was an accident and the books were destroyed?
4. As a member of the public, how can I access the records in your office?
5. What information do I need to check a deed or mortgage?
6. Can I contact your office for legal advice regarding real estate issues?
7. Can your office perform a title search for me?
8. Can I get information over the phone?
9. Can I obtain a blank deed or power of attorney form from the office and just fill in the information?
10. If I bring a signed document to your office, can I have my signature notarized in your office?
11. Is it necessary for me to file my deed in the Recorder of Deeds Office?
12. I would like to pick up my deed. Can I come to the Recorder of Deeds for it?
13. I just completed having a home built on my lot. Do I get a new deed?
14. I just sold my home. Can I keep the selling price of the transfer out of the newspaper?
15. Can I prepare my own deed?
16. If I find a mistake in my deed, how do I correct it?
17. If I find a mistake in my deed or I would like to add a spouse’s name or my children’s names to my deed, how do I get the deed changed?
18. Is it necessary to delete a deceased spouse’s name?
19. If a woman marries, must she change her name on her deed?
20. If I sell a portion of my land, do I get a deed for the remainder?
21. What is real estate transfer tax?
22. Who pays the real estate transfer tax?
23. Are any transactions tax-exempt?
24. What is a Statement of Value?
25. When is a Statement of Value necessary?
26. Do you record deeds for cemetery plots?
27. I recently completed paying off my mortgage loan on my house. Isn’t the Recorder of Deeds Office supposed to send me my deed?
28. Who satisfies my mortgage?
29. If I receive an unrecorded satisfaction piece in the mail from my lender, what do I do?
30. Must a mortgage be satisfied?
31. How can I check for liens against my property?
32. How can I determine the boundaries of my property line?
33. How can I determine the age of my house?
34. How can I trace the ownership of my property?
35. How can I determine the owner of a property?
36. How do I become a notary public?
37. As a notary, what do I do if I change my address?
38. As a notary, what do I do if I change my name?
39. Are there certain rules for subdivision plans?
40. Are subdivision plans required?