Recording Property-Related Documents

The Office of the City Register records and maintains New York City Real Property and certain Personal Property transfers such as mortgage documents for property in all boroughs except for Staten Island. This web page provides information about using the City Register Office. Please contact the Richmond County Clerk for properties on Staten Island.

Property records are public. People may use these records to get background information on purchases, mortgages, asset searches and other legal and financial transactions. Reviewing these documents is not necessarily the same as a title search. 

Online Document Recording
Property documents are recorded and maintained on the Automated City Register Information System (ACRIS). ACRIS provides online access to property documents and data dating back to 1966. For documents before 1966, please visit the City Register’s office in each of the four boroughs to view them on microfiche and microfilm.

Protect Your Property Against Fraud With Recorded Document Notification
Sign up for the Recorded Document Notification Program so Finance can  notify you, by mail or email, anytime a document is recorded against your property. This program can protect you against fraud by letting you know when a deed or mortgage-related document is recorded against your property without your knowledge. Children, spouses and domestic partners of property owners if they are a designee can also sign up for notification. In addition a managing agent, property owner’s attorney, lien holder, or executors/administrators of the owner’s estate can also sign up for notification.

Mortgage Recording Tax
A New York State and New York City Mortgage Recording tax is paid on mortgages recorded on property in the five boroughs. Some exceptions may apply. The tax is collected by the Office of the City Register for properties in Manhattan, the Bronx, Brooklyn and Queens using ACRIS. For properties on Staten Island it is collected in person by the Richmond County Clerk.

Tax Rates
The amount of your mortgage determines what your combined New York State and New York City Mortgage Recording Tax rates will be.  Please use ACRIS Online to calculate what you owe for these taxes. Just click the “Calculate Taxes” link followed by the “Mortgage Recording Tax” tab to begin calculating the tax.

Tax Forms and Filing Information
You must record all property documents for Queens, Brooklyn, Manhattan and the Bronx online using the ACRIS System. You must provide the correct Mortgage Recording Tax information and documents when you record your property documents. This includes any exemption claims.

Legal Authority
Title 11, Chapter 26, Administrative Code
Tax Law Section 253-a

Contact Information
Email City Register