Frequently Asked Questions

My Deed is lost – What do I do?

You can submit a request for copies either in person or by mail. In either case, you must know the name or names of the owner of the property, the approximate date of transfer, and the address. Of course, if you happen to have the recording information, please supply us with the book, page, and date of recording. A written request must be accompanied by a check or money order made out to the Hudson County Register. Please check the fee page for the proper fee.

How do I add or remove a name from my deed?

Removing or adding a name from a Deed is making a change in ownership or transferring title. We cannot remove or change a name for you. A new Deed must be presented for recording. Please seek legal counsel when preparing a new Deed.

My credit report is showing a lien that I know I paid. What to do?

You should know that you have the right to inquire to the company doing the credit report as to where the lien was found. If you are sure the report is stating the lien is recorded with the Hudson County Register, we will attempt to assist you in obtaining a copy in order to initiate the process of having the lien satisfied. We cannot remove the lien without the proper documents necessary to do so.

Can I find out how old my house is in your records?

Our records go back more than 150 years; however, they represent ownership of real property. Our records will not show when a building was constructed or improved.

Will the Office of the Register answer legal questions relating to the recording of a document?

No, always consult with a licensed New Jersey attorney whenever you are contemplating the recording of a document which affects real property ownership. The Hudson County Register’s Office cannot provide legal advice.

Where can information on the recording requirements of land documents be found?
The Constitutional Officers Association of New Jersey (COANJ) offers a comprehensive recording manual entitled “The Recorders DocumentReference Manual.” The manual lists recording requirements including statutory references, an explanation of acknowledgements and a glossary of terms. Information on the New Jersey Realty Transfer Tax calculations and recording fees can be found on the COANJ website.