Lehigh County Recorder of Deeds

Contact

Recorder of Deeds Division 
Lehigh County Courthouse
 Room 122
455 W. Hamilton Street
Allentown PA 18101-2400

Chief Deputy, 
Deborah A. Casciotti

Asst. Chief Deputy, 
Laura Zimmerman

Phone: 610-782-3162
Fax: 610-871-2895

Email

        

Hours of Operation

Recording Hours
8:00 AM to 3:45 PM 
for documents requiring PIN Certification

8:00 AM to 4:30 PM
for documents not requiring PIN Certification

E-recording documents received after 3:45 p.m. EST/EDT will be processed at the beginning of the following business day.

Hours Open
8:00 AM to 4:30 PM

Holiday Closings

        

Realty Transfer Tax Forms and publications


Forms and publications (Statement of Value, Common Level Ratio Factors, and Declaration of Acquisition) can be obtained from the
Department of Revenue website. Click on Forms and Publications, then Forms for Individuals, then Realty Transfer Tax

        

Recorder of Deeds

The Recorder of Deeds Division maintains land records of property located in Lehigh County and carries out the following duties and responsibilities:

  1. Record and index Deeds and deed related documents (i.e., easement, right of way, covenant, restrictions, etc.)
  2. Record and index Mortgages and mortgage related documents (i.e., satisfaction of mortgage, release, assignment, modification, subordination, etc.)
  3. Record and index State Commissions and Bonds for Notary Publics and County Elected Officials
  4. Record and index Subdivision, Highway, Rail and Condo Maps
  5. Record and index Powers of Attorney
  6. Record and index Secured Transactions/Financing Statements/UCC
  7. Certify recorded documents
  8. Maintain records of Charters of non-profit organizations
  9. Collect and distribute Realty Transfer Tax to the Department of Revenue and the local municipalities and school districts.
  10. Collect funds and distribute proceeds to various agencies (i.e., Department of Revenue, Affordable Housing, Judicial Court System/Access to Justice Fee, etc.)
  11. Provide public access to recorded documents and indices

Our staff may provide information regarding our recording procedures and fees.  We may instruct you how to use the various indices to the records on file. 
The information provided on our website is only a guide for the preparation and recording of documents.

Our staff is not authorized to conduct a search or provide research for you. 
We are not authorized to provide legal advice or opinions.  Please seek legal counsel regarding any questions concerning a document or the legality of its content.

Please Note
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It is the responsibility of the document submitter to ensure that no personal information appears on documents submitted for recording such as Social Security Number (SSN), bank account, credit card account, etc.
  
Effective February 1, 2016, Multiple sheets (maps) in one set of maps with the same PIN number will be accepted and recorded as one document. Each set of maps will be recorded together with one instrument number. See the updated fee schedule for changes to Map recording fees..
        

E- Recording

You may record your documents electronically through Simplifile, CSC and ePN, three nationwide on-line documents submitters ready to accept most of your documents for electronic filing.
E-recording reduces the document rejection rate through electronic calculation of fees and taxes. Documents are usually recorded within the same day and if rejected can be corrected and sent back immediately for recording.

Please Note: Any recording expenses resulting from accidentally submitting a document in error or submitting the same document more than once will be paid by the submitter –  NO REFUNDS WILL BE GIVEN.

        

Records Search

Search Records 1812 to  Present 

Lehigh County was formed on March 6, 1812 from part of Northampton County.     

All documents recorded in the Recorder of Deeds Division are public records (except for Military Discharges DD214) open to the public for viewing and printing.  A Public Review Area is available in the Lehigh County Courthouse for public searching. There is fee to make copies at $.25 per page.

Online Access also is available with three online viewing options

www.lehighcounty.org - The Lehigh County Website, Online Records Access.  Search under Services, choose Online Records Access. Access requires you to establish an account and pay a yearly fee of $300.

Select either Recorder of Deeds IQS Infodex Russell Index 1812 to 1983 with all Index, deed, mortgage, map  and miscellaneous images from 1812 to 1983 or  Recorder of Deeds LANDEX System 1812 to Present with Russell Index Books including all Index, deed, mortgage, map and miscellaneous images from 1812 to present, except for Deed and Mortgage document images from 1812 to 1935 which will be uploaded later this year. Use Index Book Tab to search records 1812 to 1983 and Major/Minor Subdivision plans from 1812 to 2002.

www.landex.com/remote - LANDEX Remote access to all Index, deed, mortgage, map and miscellaneous records from 1812 to present, except for Deed and Mortgage document images from 1812 to 1935 which will be uploaded later this year.  Use Index Book Tab to search records 1812 to 1983 and Major/Minor Subdivision plans from 1812 to 2002. This is most beneficial for individuals or companies who expect to access our records on a regular basis or need comprehensive search capabilities. This is a pay per access service of $.15 per minute / $.10 per page loaded.  For guidance on searching the LANDEX website contact the help line at LANDEX at 800-370-2836.

www.landex.com/webstore - The LANDEX Webstore access to all Index, deed, mortgage, map and miscellaneous records from 1812 to present, except for Deed and Mortgage document images from 1812 to 1935 which will be uploaded later this year.  This is for infrequent searchers or those performing basic searches. The searching is free, however, there is a fee to view and/or print documents ($2.00 for the first page and $0.75 for each additional page plus a $5.00 per order handling fee).

Please note: certified copies are not available via internet access.