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OUR OFFICE IS CURRENTLY ACCEPTING CUSTOMERS BY APPOINTMENT ONLY

PLEASE CALL 610-891-4152 (JACKIE OR MELISSA) TO MAKE AN APPOINTMENT

APPOINTMENTS MUST BE MADE FOR NOTARY PUBLICS GETTING SWORN IN OR FOR CUSTOMERS NEEDING TO RECORD A PLAN OR A POWER OF ATTORNEY.

REMINDER:
*COPIES CAN BE OBTAINED FROM OUR WEBSITE AT DELCOPA.GOV – CLICK ON PUBLIC ACCESS

**RECORDINGS CAN BE E-RECORDED (SEE BELOW), MAILED IN VIA FED-EX, UPS, USPS MAIL OR CAN BE PLACED IN A BUCKET WITH ALL RECORDING FEES AND RETURN ENVELOPES JUST OUTSIDE OF OUR OFFICE DOOR.



E-RECORDING IN DELAWARE COUNTY:

THE DELAWARE COUNTY RECORDER OF DEEDS BEGAN ACCEPTING ELECTRONICALLY RECORDED DOCUMENTS IN LATE 2020 FROM FIVE SUBMITTING VENDORS. MANY CUSTOMERS SUCH AS MORTGAGE COMPANIES, ATTORNEYS, BANKS AND TITLE COMPANIES ARE ABLE TO UPLOAD AND SUBMIT DOCUMENTS. SOME SAVINGS CAN BE REALIZED IN POSTAGE, PAPER AND COPYING COSTS. DOCUMENTS, AFTER ERECORDING, ARE RETURNED TO THE CUSTOMER VIA THEIR SUBMITTER. ONLY THOSE DOCUMENT TYPES ACCEPTED FOR RECORDING THROUGH THE REGULAR MAIL ARE ALSO ACCEPTABLE FOR ERECORDING.

THE FIVE SUBMITTING VENDORS WHO WORK WITH THE OFFICE ARE LISTED BELOW. CONTACT ONE OR MORE OF THEM TO OBTAIN FURTHER INFORMATION ON THE E-RECORDING PROCESS AND PRICING:

  1. SIMPLIFILE (800) 460-5657
    WWW.SIMPLIFILE.COM
  2. CSC (CORPORATION SERVICE COMPANY) (866) 652-0111
    WWW.ERECORDING.COM
  3. EPN (ERECORDING PARTNERS NETWORK) (888) 325-3365
    WWW.GOEPN.COM
  4. INDECOMM GLOBAL SERVICES (877) 272- 5250
    DMG.INDECOMM.NET
  5. SYNRGO, INC. (888) 355-3799
    WWW.SYNRGO.COM


Location:
Government Center, Room 107
201 W. Front Street
Media, PA 19063

Phone: 610-891-4152

The Recorder of Deeds processes and preserves records relating to real property dating back to the year 1789, the year Delaware County was founded. Documents processed include Deeds, Mortgages, Satisfactions of Mortgage, Financial Statements, Veterans Discharge Papers, Notary Publics, Police Commissions, Highway Plans, Subdivision Plans, Powers of Attorney, Assignments of Mortgage, and Releases of Mortgage.

Since late in 2020, in addition to being available in the Office, copies from 1799 through the present can also be accessed online using this link to the Delaware County Public Access System. At present, copies purchased online are $.50 per page whereas copies purchased in the Office are $1.00 per page.

Recording Your Military Discharge Document

The Delaware County Recorder of Deeds will scan and record a veteran's DD-214 or other documentation for separation from the military at the Recorder of Deeds office, room 108 in the Delaware County Government Center, Media. Hours are 9 a.m.-3 p.m. daily. BY APPOINTMENT ONLY, the Veteran should bring all separation documents along with a photo ID. The document copies are only accessible by the Veteran, his or her family or authorized military personnel.

Veterans Photo ID Card

BY APPOINTMENT ONLY, Veterans who have filed a copy of their military discharge documents can access a free Veterans Photo ID card through the Recorder of Deeds office.

Obtaining a copy of discharge documents

BY APPOINTMENT ONLY, Veterans who cannot locate their DD-214 or other separation documents can get an application from the Delaware County Veterans Affairs Department to acquire a copy of the discharge document from the National Military Personnel Records Center.

Veterans ID Card Program (Free)

Fee Schedule for Recorder of Deeds



DOCUMENT TYPES

DEED MISCELLANEOUS
Easement Agreement
Subordination, Non-disturbance & Attornment Agreement
Stormwater Agreements
Declarations-Restrictions/Covenants

DEED
Regular Transfer
Quit-Claim
Corrective/Confirmatory (must be mailed in)
To a trust (must be mailed in)
Chester City Deeds (e-record WITH the Chester City Registration Form)

MORTGAGES

AGREEMENTS – must specify mortgage book and page number
Loan Modification Agreement
Subordination (of Mortgage) Agreement

GENERAL MISCELLANEOUS WITH OR WITHOUT FOLIOS (MOST ARE WITH)
Assignment of Leases & Rents
Assignment of Assignment of Leases & Rents
Termination of Assignment of Leases & Rents
Power of Attorney (with or without Parcel ID)
Third Party Lender Agreement

ASSIGNMENT OF MORTGAGE

SATISFACTION OF MORTGAGE

MORTGAGE RELEASE

UCC1 & UCC3 - must have parcel ID numbers

****Any other document type question, please call the office at 610-891-4152



Frequently Asked Questions

1. I paid off my mortgage, can I have my deed?

Our office does not retain original documents. Once recorded, the original document is returned as per filer instructions. Original deeds are generally given to the grantee at settlement. The deed is usually included in a packet of material with title insurance and usually begins with "This Indenture . . .". If you need a copy of the deed, it can be purchased online at delcopa.gov via our public access site.

When you pay off your mortgage, the mortgage company sends us the mortgage satisfaction piece, we file it, and it is returned per filer instructions.


2. Can I prepare my own deed?

Yes, but it is best to have someone with some degree of expertise in this field, such as an attorney, draft a deed. Employees of the Recorder of Deeds CANNOT draft a deed for you or give any kind of legal advice. The Recorder of Deeds does NOT supply any kind of deed form.


3. How do I add/remove/change a name on my deed?

To make ANY kind of change to a deed, a new deed must be drawn up, preferably by a real estate attorney. The deed will then be filed in the Recorder of Deeds and the change will reflect.


4. I am a Notary Public. What do I need to do to be sworn in?

To be sworn in, you need to bring your COMPLETED bond and Power of Attorney paper to our office. Please also bring a valid picture ID and cash, check (made payable to Recorder of Deeds) or credit card payment for $50.50. After being sworn in, you will complete a signature card for the prothonotary, and we will direct you over to their office to submit the form and payment of $3.50 – cash or check (made payable to Office of Judicial Support).


5. I am a Notary Public and I have moved or changed my name, what should I do?

All address and name changes can be done online with the Department of State. We do not require any notice to be recorded in our office. If you moved into Delaware County, please come to our office to fill out the signature form and we will direct you from here to the Office of Judicial Support to register your signature. The cost will be $3.50 – cash or check made payable to their office.

If you changed your name and you are going to order a new stamp, please come to our office to fill our a signature form and we will direct you to the Office of Judicial Support to register your signature for $3.50, cash or check. If you changed your name, and you are going to keep your old stamp until it’s time to renew, then you do not need to do anything until the renewal happens in your new name.



Recording Chester City Deeds

E-recording

Submit the deed with the Chester City registration form as a page in the document.

Once accepted and recorded with the Recorder of Deeds, YOU send the Chester City form and a check for $10.00 (not a personal check) to the city at the address on the form.


Mail Recording

The deed (and one additional photocopy) is mailed to our office with the Chester City registration form as a page. Please also provide a $10.00 check (not a personal check) made payable to the City of Chester and a self-addressed, stamped return envelope addressed to the city at the address on the form. We will mail it ourselves once the deed is recorded.



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