The Suffolk Registry of Deeds is committed to making our website accessible to as many people as possible. We have worked with the National Center for Accessible Media at WGBH to make sure this site is available to persons who use assistive technology such as keyboard-only navigation and screen readers. With the ever-changing state of technology, this effort and our commitment is continuing and ongoing. If you have any comments or suggestions to make this site more easily accessible please CONTACT US. We are here to help you.


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Suffolk Registry of Deeds
24 New Chardon St | P.O. Box 9660 | Boston, MA 02114

Main: 617-788-6221 | Registered Land: 617-788-6251 | Plan Counter: 617-788-6253
Not sure where to start? Check our What You Need To Know Guide


Contact or Visit the Registry

Click here for our contact information and to get directions to the Registry.

Document Search

Click here to Find your deed, do research; almost anything you’re looking for can be found here.

How to Get a Copy of Your Deed

There are three ways to get a copy of your deed: in person, by mail, or online.

Homestead Information

Get information on the Homestead Act and how it may pertain to you. Available in English, en Espanol, & em Portuguese.

Recording Fees & Forms of Payment

A full listing of all recording fees and acceptable forms of payment at the Registry.

Excise Tax Calculator

Property sales in Massachusetts may have an excise tax imposed; calculate it here. Please note: A separate check is required for Excise Tax payment.

A Message from the Register

Dear Friends,

For the last 375 years, the Suffolk Registry of Deeds has been committed to keeping the residents of Suffolk County’s real estate records safe and accessible.  In keeping with that tradition, we at the Registry of Deeds are proud to invite you to visit our new and improved public website.

This website has been designed with new features that will better serve all the residents of our county. We have worked with the National Center for Accessible Media at WGBH to ensure that this site is available to persons who use assistive technology such as keyboard only navigation and screen readers.  In addition, the site allows for all non-embedded text to be enlarged and contrasted assisting persons with visual impairments.

The site is equipped with Google Translator which allows for all non-embedded text to be translated into over 100 different languages assisting the residents of our County whose first language is not English.

For all of our users, the site was designed to allow better access on mobile devices, such as phones and tablets.

The one feature of this site which we were unable to improve was the functionality of – changes on this state-wide site require the collective efforts of numerous entities.  As the Register I can assure you that the efforts to make those improvements are underway.

Please use our new website and enjoy the improvements we have made.  Like any technology product, it can always be enhanced and improved.  If you have any comments or suggestions please contact us – we value your input. After all, we are here to help you.

Thank you for the opportunity to serve you,

Stephen J. Murphy

Register of Deeds


Recording Checklist

A guideline of what you need to record documents at the Registry

Document Codes

A listing of all document abbreviations used by the Registry

Electronic Recording

Information on how to record documents electronically.

Available Title Examiners

A partial list of title examiners based at the Registry

Grantor/Grantee Indices

Index of recorded documents sorted by Grantor or Grantee

Indexing Standards (.pdf)

Suffolk edition of the 2018 Deeds Indexing Standards

Glossary of Terms

A helpful list of recording and real estate terms

Land Court Guidelines (.pdf)

A guide for navigating Land Court requirements

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Chelsea Assessors Maps

Link to the City of Chelsea’s Assessors Maps

Winthrop Assessors Maps

Link to the Town of Winthrop’s Assessors Maps

Revere Assessors Maps

Link to the City of Revere’s Assessors Maps

Boston Assessors Maps

Assessor’s Maps from the City of Boston by Ward

Boston Assessing Online

Link to the City of Boston’s Assessing Department

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Plan Recording Requirements

A listing of the requirements for recording Plans

Suffolk County Atlases

Suffolk County Atlases by neighborhood and year

Old Recorded Land Plans Street Index

Index of old Recorded Land plans by street name

Old Recorded Land Plans (1800’s)

Index of old Recorded Land plans by plan number

Looking For Your Plot Plan?

The Registry does not have certified plot plans. Click here for more information.

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Massachusetts Court System

Massachusetts Courts info from

Certificates of Good Standing

Click here to obtain a Certificate of Good Standing from the Secretary of State’s Office

Corporations Division

Link to the Commonwealth’s Corporation Division

Chelsea Restoration

Chelsea Restoration promotes home ownership for low-to-moderate income residents of Chelsea and the surrounding communities.

In Need of Counseling Regarding Foreclosure?

Link to the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau’s ‘Find a Housing Counselor’ services

Boston Home Center

The Boston Home Center is the City’s one-stop resource for homebuyers and homeowners on

The Registry recorded over 20,000 documents in 2018, including:

2,947 Mortgages

2,174 Deeds

957 Homesteads


Follow the progression of Suffolk County from settlement to thriving metropolitan area.

View some of the Registry's earliest records via Starting at Book 1!

Secretary of the Commonwealth William F. Galvin


William F. Galvin
Secretary of the Commonwealth
One Ashburton Place, Room 1611
Boston, MA 02108-1512

Tel: (617) 727-7030
Toll Free: 1 (800) 392-6090

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DISCLAIMER: The Suffolk Registry of Deeds presents the information on this website as a service to the public. We have tried to ensure that the information made available herein is accurate. The Register's office makes no warranty or guarantee concerning the accuracy or reliability of the content at this site or at other sites to which we link. Assessing accuracy and reliability of information is the responsibility of the user. The Register's office shall not be liable for errors contained herein or for any damages in connection with the use of the information contained herein. THIS INFORMATION IS FOR REFERENCE ONLY.© 2017 Suffolk Registry of Deeds

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