Recording Requirements

  • We ask that you provide a self-addressed stamped envelope for the return of all recorded documents.
  • Cash and checks are accepted for the payment of the recording fees; however, the Realty Transfer Taxes must be paid ONLY by check. 
  • We require 3 checks (2 checks for transfer taxes and 1 check for recording fee) for a deed transfer, easement and lease with Reality Transfer Taxes being paid. 
  • Please make your check(s) payable to Adams County Recorder of Deeds. ‚Äč
  • NOTE: If your check is over the recording fee amount, we will keep up to $10.00 of the overage. If your check is more than $10.00 over the recording fee, we will not be able to record your documents. The documents will be returned to you and a new check will need to be issued.
  • We accept documents for recording on both legal (8"x14") and letter (8"x11") size paper.
  • No margin requirements for any documents submitted for recording. 
  • TOWNSHIP/BOROUGH must be referenced on recorded documents.
  • The Certificate of Residence must be referenced and signed on deeds, mortgages and assignment of mortgages.
  • No parcel identification numbers or the physical address of the property are required for documents being submitted for recording.

Subdivision Plans - All Subdivision Plans submitted for recording must be paper and be 18"x24". Also, the Subdivision Plan must be signed by the Township Supervisors or Borough Council and by the Adams County Planning Commission. NOTE: Subdivision Plan must be recorded within 90 days of the approval (date of the signature of Supervisors/Council of the Township/Borough).
Notary Public - The day you come to be sworn in as Notary, please bring your completed Bond and Power of Attorney; otherwise, we will be unable to process your paperwork. NOTE: There is a filing fee of $33.50 to file your paperwork. After being sworn in as Notary in our office you will need to immediately go to the Prothonotary's Office to complete the process of becoming a Notary.