Register Richard P. Howe Jr.

Middlesex North Register of Deeds Richard Howe

Richard P. Howe Jr.

Register of Deeds

Service to the Public

Richard Howe at East German border, 1983.

United States Army

  • Army ROTC Scholarship to Providence College; Distinguished Military Graduate
  • Tactical Intelligence Officer Course, Fort Huachuca, Arizona
  • Intelligence Officer, 2nd Armored Cavalry Regiment, Nurnberg, Germany

Community Service (current)

  • Founder, Lowell Walks
  • Tour Guide, Lowell Cemetery
  • Founder, blog
  • Author, Lowell History books

Community Service (past)

  • President, Lowell Telecommunications Corp
  • President, Lowell Historical Society
  • Chair, Lowell Historic Board
  • Chair, Citywide Parent Council of Lowell Public Schools
  • Chair, Lowell Catholic High School board of trustees
  • Coach, Lowell Youth Soccer League

Register’s Record

Efficiency: Before Richard Howe became Register of Deeds, it took 4 weeks to process a document. Now it takes 4 minutes.

Digital Documents: Since Richard Howe became Register of Deeds, all records from 1629 to the present have been scanned and are freely available online at

Innovation: New technology will soon make real estate closings paperless. With an extensive record in implementing new technology, Richard Howe will ensure that this change will be seamless, secure and legal.

Homestead Protection: Massachusetts law allows homeowners to protect their homes from creditors by filing a Declaration of Homestead at the Registry of Deeds. Richard Howe  implemented a one-stop process provides homeowners with the necessary forms, notary service and recording, all within minutes.

Your Deed: Need a copy? Download for free at or call (978.322.9000) or email and we’ll send you a copy for free.

Legal Judgment: The Register of Deeds is a quasi-judicial official who must pass judgment on documents being recorded. As a lawyer with 30 years of real estate law experience, Richard Howe has the education and experience to ensure the legal integrity of our property records.

Cybersecurity: In 2020, digital records are a target. Richard Howe regularly attends expert-led cybersecurity seminars and, as a former U.S. Army intelligence officer, has real world experience in safeguarding important information.

Statewide Leadership – Richard Howe has twice served as president of the Massachusetts Registers of Deeds Association, is the chair of the Association’s Technology Subcommittee, and is the editor of the Massachusetts Deed Indexing Standards.

Richard Howe’s Background


  • Providence College, BA in Political Science
  • Salem State University, MA in History
  • Suffolk University Law School, JD


  • U.S. Army – 1980-1984 – Captain, Military Intelligence
  • Law Office of Richard P Howe – 1986-1995 – Attorney
  • Middlesex North Registry of Deeds – 1995 to present

Professional Accomplishments:

  • Past President, Massachusetts Registers of Deeds Association
  • Editor, Massachusetts Deed Indexing Standards
  • Co-editor, Merrimack Valley Housing Review
  • Columnist, Real Estate Bar Association of Massachusetts Quarterly Newspaper

Community Service

  • Founder, Lowell Walks
  • Tour Guide, Lowell Cemetery
  • Founder, blog


  • Lowell: Images of Modern America
  • Lowell Municipal Elections, 1965-2015
  • Legendary Locals of Lowell (with Chaim Rosenberg)
  • History as It Happens (co-editor with Paul Marion)

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Middlesex North Registry of Deeds
370 Jackson St.
Lowell, MA 01852
Main Number: (978) 322-9000
Fax Number: (978) 322-9001

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