November 21, 2014
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Recorder of Deeds Division 
Lehigh County Courthouse
 Room 122
455 W. Hamilton Street
Allentown PA 18101-2400

Chief Deputy, 
Deborah A. Casciotti

Asst. Chief Deputy, 
Laura Zimmerman

Phone: 610-782-3162
Fax: 610-871-2895


Recorder of Deeds

The Recorder of Deeds Division maintains land records of property located in Lehigh County and carries out the following duties and responsibilities:

  1. Record and index Deeds and deed related documents (i.e., easement, right of way, covenant, restrictions, etc.)
  2. Record and index Mortgages and mortgage related documents (i.e., satisfaction of mortgage, release, assignment, modification, subordination, etc.)
  3. Record and index State Commissions and Bonds for Notary Publics and County Elected Officials
  4. Record and index Subdivision, Highway, Rail and Condo Maps
  5. Record and index Powers of Attorney
  6. Record and index Secured Transactions/Financing Statements/UCC
  7. Certify recorded documents
  8. Maintain records of Charters of non-profit organizations
  9. Collect and distribute Realty Transfer Tax to the Department of Revenue and the local municipalities and school districts.
  10. Collect funds and distribute proceeds to various agencies (i.e., Department of Revenue, Affordable Housing, Judicial Court System/Access to Justice Fee, etc.)
  11. Provide public access to recorded documents and indices

Our staff may provide information regarding our recording procedures and fees.  We may instruct you how to use the various indices to the records on file.

Our staff may not conduct a search or provide research for you. 
We may not give legal advice or opinions.  Please consult a qualified professional (attorney, title insurance company or realtor).

Please Note
It is the responsibility of the document submitter to ensure that no personal information (SSN, bank account, credit card account, etc.) appears on documents submitted for recording.

Effective August 8, 2014, new fee schedule has been posted to include recent JCS fee increases.

Effective September 2, 2014, when recording a document with Realty Transfer Tax, Lehigh County Recorder of Deeds Division now only requires one (1) check for payment of fees.  Recording fees, local realty transfer tax fee and state realty transfer tax fee may be combined on one check.  Multiple checks will continue to be accepted if submitted.  All checks are made payable to the “Recorder of Deeds”.


Hours of Operation

Recording Hours
8:00 AM to 3:45 PM 
for documents requiring PIN Certification

8:00 AM to 4:30 PM
for documents not requiring PIN Certification

  E-recording documents received after 3:45 p.m. EST/EDT
will be processed at the beginning of the following business day.

Hours Open
8:00 AM to 4:30 PM

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Realty Transfer Tax Forms and publications

Forms and publications (Statement of Value, Common Level Ratio Factors, and Declaration of Acquisition) can be obtained from the
Department of Revenue website. Click on Forms and Publications, then Forms for Individuals, then Realty Transfer Tax

E- Recording

You may record your documents electronically through Simplifile, CSC/ INGEO and ePN, three nationwide on-line documents submitters ready to accept most of your documents for electronic filing.
E-recording reduces the document rejection rate through electronic calculation of fees and taxes. Documents are usually recorded within the same day and if rejected can be corrected and sent back immediately for recording.

Please Note: Any recording expenses resulting from accidentally submitting the same document more than once will be paid by the submitter – no refunds will be given.

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Effective December 1, 2008 the Lehigh County Recorder of Deeds Division installed LANDEX, a land records recording system. In addition, recording information, index and document images from 1984 to present, are available on the Internet at or
Recording information from 1812 to 1983 is available on the Internet at
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