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How to Get a Copy of a House Deed

Owning a piece of property is an important goal for many people. Here's how to obtain a copy of proof of ownership.

Instructions

  • Step 1: Locate Recorder of Deeds Locate and visit the Recorder of Deeds office responsible for the district in which your property is located. Frequently, the recorder of deeds functions as part of the county clerk’s office.
  • Step 2: Provide information Provide the recorder’s office with your full name, the location of the property, and the year it was purchased. Some offices require the County Tax Parcel Number.
  • Step 3: Pay fees Pay the required fees. If you make the copy yourself, the charge is typically 50 cents to a dollar per page, plus between one and two dollars for certification. If the office makes the copy for you, you can expect to pay upwards of five dollars per page, plus the dollar-fifty certification fee.
  • TIP: If you want to confirm you are listed as your property’s owner, but don’t need the physical deed, search online public records or have your attorney do a title search.
  • Step 4: Collect your copy Take your deed. You can leave the office with proof positive that you are indeed the rightful owner of your home.
  • FACT: Did you know? The world's largest landowner is Queen Elizabeth II of Britain, with legal claim to 6.6 billion acres of land.

You Will Need

  • A property location
  • The year you purchased the property
  • Payment
  • A computer and internet access (optional)
  • An attorney (optional)

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