Recording Fees

Community Preservation Act Fee Increase

The Commonwealth of Massachusetts Fiscal Year 2020 budget included a provision aimed at increasing funds available to towns and cities through the Community Preservation Act (CPA). The budget signed by Governor Baker included the following fee increases collected at the registries of deeds for the CPA.

  • Documents or instruments that are currently subject to a surcharge of $20.00 will be subject to a surcharge of $50.00, effective for documents and instruments postmarked on or after December 31, 2019.
  • Documents or instruments that are currently subject to a surcharge of $10.00 will be subject to a surcharge of $25.00, effective for documents and instruments postmarked on or after December 31, 2019.

The current and new fee schedules are shown in the table below.

Fees

Recording fees are now the same whether you own Recorded Land or Registered Land. Most property is Recorded Land. If the document you wish to record refers to a “Book and Page” number, you probably have Recorded Land. If your document refers to a “Certificate of Title” number, you probably have Registered Land.

Please Note: The Registry accepts only cash or checks for recording transactions. Telephone numbers and addresses must be on all checks. Document recording fees must be in the exact amount and total due should be paid with one check or cash. Identification must be presented.

Document Outgoing Fee New Fee (as of 12/31/19)
Declaration of Homestead $35 $35 (unchanged)
Declaration of Trust $225 $255
Deed $125 $155
Mortgage $175 $205
Mortgage Foreclosure Deed & Affidavit $125 $155
Mortgage Discharge, Release or Partial Release $75 $105
Municipal Lien Certificate $65 $80
UCC Documents (up to 2 debtors) $45 $80
Federal Tax Liens (and related documents) $5 $5 (unchanged)
Plans (per sheet) $75 $105
All other documents $75 $105
Certified Copies (per page) $1 $1 (unchanged)

Fees include all applicable surcharges.

Excise Calculator

The effective tax rate is $2.28 per $500 or fraction thereof of taxable value. There is no excise tax due where the consideration stated is less than $100.00.



  

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Worcester Registry of Deeds
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