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Contact:
Location: 
McKean County Courthouse 

Address:
McKean County Recorder of Deeds
500 W. Main Street  Smethport, PA 16749

Phone:
814.887.3250

Fax:
814.887.3255

E-mail: click here

Office Hours:
8:30-4:30 Monday - Friday

*Documents presented for recording after 4pm will be recorded the next business day.

Anne Bosworth
McKean County Recorder of Deeds (elected) 
Phone: 814.887.3250

Michele Vogel
First Deputy

Betsy Corbett
Second Deputy

 

McKean County Recorder of Deeds

SEARCH RECORDS ONLINE (click here)

Duties and Responsibilities:
THE RECORDER OF DEEDS OFFICE IS RESPONSIBLE FOR THE PRESERVATION OF MCKEAN COUNTY’S LAND RECORDS. THE OFFICE ACTS AS A COLLECTION AGENT FOR THE PENNSYLVANIA DEPARTMENT OF REVENUE ALONG WITH THE MUNICIPALITIES AND SCHOOL DISTRICTS OF MCKEAN COUNTY FOR STATE AND LOCAL REALTY TRANSFER TAX.

Services Provided:
• PROVIDE INFORMATION OF RECORDING REQUIREMENTS
• PROVIDE BASIC ASSISTANCE AND INSTRUCTION ON THE USE OF OFFICE INDEXES AND EQUIPMENT
• PROVIDE PHOTOCOPIES OF OFFICE RECORDS UPON REQUEST FOR A FEE 

ALL RECORDS SINCE THE 1800’S ARE AVAILABLE TO THE PUBLIC. THE RECORDS FROM 1973 TO PRESENT ARE COMPUTERIZED. DOCUMENT IMAGES ARE AVAILABLE ON THE COMPUTER BEGINNING OCTOBER 1, 2002 AND THE OFFICE IS CURRENTLY IN THE PROCESS OF BACKSCANNING DOCUMENTS FROM 1973 TO OCTOBER 2002.

Universal Recording Requirements:
• ACKNOWLEDGMENT DATE CANNOT PREDATE DOCUMENT DATE

• ACKNOWLEDGMENT MUST INCLUDE THE FOLLOWING: COUNTY, STATE, DATE, PERSON OR CORPORATE OFFICER’S NAMES AND TITLE OF PERSONS APPEARING, NOTARY SIGNATURE, SEAL AND EXPIRATION DATE. IF ANY MISSING, ACKNOWLEDGMENT CONSIDERED DEFECTIVE

• DEEDS AND MORTGAGES SHOULD INDICATE THE PROPERTY’S MUNICIPALITY, COUNTY AND STATE

• NUMERICAL AMOUNT MUST MATCH WRITTEN AMOUNT ON DEEDS AND MORTGAGES

• BOOK AND PAGE NUMBERS OF MORTGAGES MUST APPEAR ON ALL DOCUMENTS THAT REFER BACK TO THIS DOCUMENT

• TRANSFER TAXES OR STATEMENT OF VALUE MUST ACCOMPANY ALL TRANSFERS UNLESS EXEMPTION IS CLEARLY STATED IN THE DEED (FAMILY TRANSFERS). DEPARTMENT OF REVENUE REQUIRES STATEMENT OF VALUE TO BE FULLY COMPLETE

• MULTIPLE DOCUMENTS CONSTITUTING ONE TRANSACTION MUST CLEARLY INDICATE THE ORDER OF RECORDING; ANY RE-RECORDING EXPENSES FROM IMPROPER ORDER OF RECORDING WILL BE PAID BY PARTY SUBMITTING DOCUMENT

• RE-RECORDING OF DOCUMENT MUST BE RE-ACKNOWLEDGED

• DEED WITH TRANSFER TAX IN MORE THAN ONE MUNICIPALITY MUST STIPULATE PERCENTAGE OF DIVISION OF TRANSFER TAXES

• DEEDS AND MORTGAGES AND ASSIGNMENTS MUST HAVE CERTIFIED GRANTEE/MORTGAGEE ADDRESS AND MUST BE SIGNED


McKean County Recording Requirements:
STAMPED SELF-ADDRESSED ENVELOPE OF SUFFICIENT SIZE TO ACCOMMODATE DOCUMENTS MUST BE INCLUDED WITH EVERY RECORDING OR REQUEST.

A SEPARATE CHECK IS REQUIRED FOR RECORDING FEES. THE 1% STATE REALTY TRANSFER TAX AND 1% LOCAL REALTY TRANSFER TAX CAN BE INCLUDED IN ONE CHECK. IF REALTY TRANSFER TAX AND RECORDING FEES ARE COMBINED THE DOCUMENT WILL BE REJECTED.

ALL DEEDS LOCATED IN THE CITY OF BRADFORD REQUIRE A CITY REGISTRY FORM. IF FORM IS NOT INCLUDED AN ADDITIONAL FEE OF $1.50 IS REQUIRED.

DEEDS LOCATED IN CERES TOWNSHIP MUST STATE EITHER OSWAYO VALLEY SCHOOL DISTRICT OR OTTO-ELDRED SCHOOL DISTRICT