NOTICE

Due to scheduled maintenance masslandrecords.com and electronic recording will not be available from Friday, December 4th, at 6pm until Saturday, December 5th, at 11pm.

NOTICE – COURT RE-OPENING

In accordance with Supreme Judicial Court Standing Order OE-144, as of July 13, 2020, the Edward Brooke Courthouse is re-opening to the public.

Pursuant to Section 1 of the Standing Order, individuals are allowed entrance into the courthouse to conduct in-person business at the register’s office.

Pursuant to Section 6 of the Standing Order, the number of persons allowed to be in each of the courthouse offices is limited to protect the public health.

In accordance with Reopening Massachusetts: Safety Standards and Checklist – Office Space (the State’s guidelines) – 10 individuals/non-employees will be allowed entrance into the Registry’s space at any given time.

Recording Recorded Land – Abstract:

For the protection of the public health and safety of staff, the preferred method of recording documents is electronically by e-recording or by mail (Fed Ex/UPS/U.S. Postal Service).

In addition, a drop box is available just outside of the front door of the Registry where packages (cover letter/recordings/payment/return envelope) can be left for same day recording (if received by 3:45 p.m.).

Walk-in recordings at the recording counter are not permitted at this time.

E-recording is being processed remotely off-site, as a result, the Registry cannot receive phone calls requesting that we reject packages that are inadvertently submitted. Look before you leap!

Recording Registered Land – Torrens:

For the protection of the public health and safety of staff, the preferred method of recording registered land documents is by mail (Fed Ex/UPS/U.S. Postal Service).

In addition, a drop box is available just outside of the front door of the Registry where packages (cover letter/recordings/payment/return envelope) can be left for same day recording (if received by 3:45 p.m.).

Walk-in recordings at the Registered Land counter are not permitted at this time.

Recording Plans:

For the protection of the public health and safety of staff, the preferred method of recording plans and accompanying documents is by mail (Fed Ex/UPS/U.S. Postal Service).

Plans can be submitted for recording in tubes provided by all three of the above carriers.

Please include the plans, accompanying documents and payment (a separate check for plans) in the same tube so that they can be recorded together.

In addition, a drop box is available just outside of the front door of the Registry where tubes (cover letter/plans/recordings/payment/return envelope) can be left for same day recording (if received by 3:45 p.m.).

Walk-in recordings at the Plans counter are not permitted at this time.

 

All Mail:

Address to –

Suffolk Registry of Deeds

P.O. Box 9660

24 New Chardon St.

Boston, MA 02114

 

Payments:

Please make checks payable to the “Commonwealth of Massachusetts”

During the course of the Pandemic the Registry will not accept payment by Cash.

Separate checks are required for document(s), plan(s) and Deeds Excise Tax.

For recorded land recordings please include a self-addressed stamped envelope with proper postage for the documents return to you.

 

Closings:

There will be no real estate closings permitted at the Suffolk Registry of Deeds for the remainder of the 2020 calendar year.

 

Research:

For the protection of the public health and safety of staff, the preferred method of research is on-line at Masslandrecords.com

Walk-in research is permitted but strongly discouraged.

Walk-in research should be reserved for research that cannot be performed on-line (complex titles and historical/genealogical research).

Title examiners are permitted to enter the Registry to perform research subject to the 10 individual/non-employee maximum.

At this time, to allow public access for all interested individuals no individual/non-employee/title examiner is permitted in the Registry more than two (2) hours per day.

All materials a title examiner plans to utilize must be brought in by them when they enter the Registry and removed when they depart at most two (2) hours later.

No food or drink is permitted in the Registry of Deeds.

No access is permitted to any area outside of the Research Room.

In addition to masks, title examiners must wear disposable gloves when using keyboards, books and indexes.

Since there are no walk-in recordings permitted, couriers will not be permitted to deliver recording packages to any individual/non-employee/title examiner inside of the Registry of Deeds.

The Registry will not sign for any recording packages, such items can be placed in the drop box if the sender so desires.

 

Thank you for your patience and understanding.

 

Recording Fees at all Registries of Deeds will be changing effective December 31, 2019. Please click here for more information.

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 | Fax: 617-720-4163

HOW MAY WE HELP YOU?

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 masslandrecords.com – 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 & RESEARCH

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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ASSESSORS MAPS

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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PLANS & ATLASES

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 mass.gov

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.

Mayor Walsh’s Guide to Affordable Housing in Boston

If you are Interested in Learning about Affordable Housing Programs a great place to the start is Mayor Walsh’s Guide to Affordable Housing in Boston.

Boston Home Center

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

Foreclosure Avoidance Assistance

Click here to find foreclosure assistance programs from the Office of Attorney General Maura Healy.

Housing Counselors and First-Time Home Buyer Programs

Click here to find Community-Based Housing Counselors & First-Time Home Buyer Programs in your Neighborhood.

Affordable Housing Opportunities

Click here to find Affordable Housing Programs offered by Federal, State and Local Public Agencies, as well as Private Affordable Housing Organizations.

Sample Trustee Appointment & Acceptance Form

View a sample Trustee Appointment and Acceptance form. (.pdf)

Sample 6D Certificate

View a sample 6D Certificate. (.pdf)

Harvard's Condo Toolkit

Click here for a guide for condominium owners and buyers from Harvard.

In 2019 the Registry recorded 132,400 documents, including:

22,043 Mortgages

14,837 Deeds

7,679 Homesteads

EXPLORE THE HISTORY OF SUFFOLK COUNTY

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

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

Secretary of the Commonwealth William F. Galvin

SECRETARY OF THE COMMONWEALTH

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
www.sec.state.ma.us

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