Recorder Of Deeds

The Lackawanna County Recorder of Deeds has implemented the following changes due to the COVID-19 State of Emergency

In light of the COVID-19 outbreak emergency, I would like to encourage paper document submitters to consider taking advantage the electronic recording (e-recording) of land record or Powers of Attorney documents service that we offer. I wanted to remind you of this service that will eliminate the need for any walk-in, US Mail or express mail submissions.

The Recorder of Deeds software conversion scheduled for April 2020 is postponed indefinitely

Please disregard any prior notices of dates pertaining to the conversion. We will post information regarding the rescheduling when it becomes available.

As always our records continue to be available at

Thank you,

Evie Rafalko McNulty

Evie Rafalko McNulty
Recorder of Deeds

The Recorder of Deeds Offices is now located at the Lackawanna County Government Center. Our new address is  




The Recorder of Deeds primary responsibility is to protect the people’s ownership in their homes and other real property. The two primary functions are to record and index documents relating to property in Lackawanna County and to act as a collection agent for the Pennsylvania Department of Revenue, all municipalities and school districts in Lackawanna County.

The office handles many documents, some of which include deeds, mortgages, mortgage satisfactions, mortgage assignments, Power of Attorney, leases, Uniform Commercial Code filings, real estate agreements, charters of non-profit corporations, notary commissions, elected official commissions and veteran’s discharge documents.

The records in this office protect and establish an accurate and thorough official record of real property ownership. These records are essential to the individual property owner who wants to establish a “clear title” to his holdings.

The Recorder of Deeds is elected by the voters for a term of four years. The office is designated as a “fee office” since it collects fees set by the Pennsylvania State Legislature for the recording of documents. The Recorder’s office must be separate from all other county offices, elected or appointed, that are involved in the buying selling or confiscation of land. The Recorder of Deeds has no duties that would constitute a conflict of interest with regard to land transactions. The absence of these duties avoids conflicts of interests and thereby protects the property rights of our citizens.

This office does not depend upon the County tax dollars to operate. The office of the Recorder of Deeds is self-sufficient and generates a profit (over the operating expenses) for the Lackawanna County General Fund.

Please be advised that we will not be accepting any documents for recording on
Friday, April 3rd, 2020. This will be the case with all document submissions
(walk-in, mail or e-recorded).

Our data will be in the process of a final conversion beginning Thursday, April 2 at
4 p.m. We will be going live with Eagle Recorder on Monday, April 6, 2020.

Recording will resume on Monday, April 6th, at 9:00 a.m.

Our records will continue to be available online through our current recording
system until Monday, April 6th, at 9 a.m. without any interruption.

Thank you for your patience and understanding.


New Statement of Value Forms have been published by the Pennsylvania Department of Revenue.

Effective October 1st 2019, the new SOV form MUST be used when you are recording a deed and claiming an exemption.

On the new form you will notice that it now REQUIRES that a complete copy of a Trust MUST be submitted when there is a transfer from a Trust to verify that the transfer is exempt.

Some transfers from Trusts are taxable, so the DOR feels that having a complete copy of the Trust allows them to verify the exemption.

As you are aware the DOR requires a complete copy of the Trust for a transfer to a Trust to verify an exemption, now the same applies for a transfer from a Trust.

If you have any questions, please contact the PA Department of Revenue. Their website is

                              Evie Rafalko McNulty

Lackawanna County Recorder of Deeds Re-appointed by Governor Wolf to County Records Committee

Electronic Recording

The Lackawanna County Recorder of Deeds Office has initiated electronic recording (e-recording) of land record documents with the e-recording companies listed below.

For organizations that submit documents to the Lackawanna County Recorder of Deeds Office via (express) mail, runner or courier service, the availability of e-recording services means that you are able to securely and cost-effectively file documents with the county through a web browser from the comfort and convenience of your office.

E-Recording not only saves you time and money, it also accelerates document recordings, increases your office productivity, and increases the security of documents you file with the county.  More than likely you already have the equipment needed to begin submitting documents electronically immediately.

Documents can be e-recorded by contacting one of the following e-recording vendors listed below:

  • Simplifile      800-460-5657              or email           [email protected]
  • CSC              866-652-0111              or email           [email protected]
  • ePN              888-325-3365              or email           [email protected]


  • Deeds, Mortgages, Assignments of Rents & Leases, etc, should be indexed
    • Grantors/Mortgagors


  • Grantees/Mortgagees
  • Satisfactions, Releases, Amendments, etc,  should be indexed
    • Grantors/Mortgagors


  • Grantees/Mortgagees
  • Exceptions to the indexing above:
    • Assignments of Mortgages
    • Assignments of UCC’s
    • Assignments
    • Grantors/Mortgagors/Debtors to the new bank or assignee (not the person, bank etc.  executing the document)


  • We do not use periods, commas, dashes, etc.
  • Please make sure you choose correct MUNICIPALITY (not the street address)
  • Any documents that are going to contain a reference need to have a Book and Page or Instrument Number contained in the document.  We do not insert this information and therefore, it will not be referenced and attached to the document you are referencing.
  • Send similar documents that are related to each other in content in the same package (Power of Attorney, deed, mortgage, etc.)
  • Obviously send the package with the Deed first and Mortgage second
  • Send entire package of documents back to us as it was submitted in order for our recording staff to review the reason it was rejected in the first place. Rejection reasons are not coming back for us to review.
  • Make sure documents are scanned so they are clear, readable, etc. when we upload them
  • Have MAP/PIN number on all documents or a description page
  • Make sure you complete the TAXABLE AMOUNT, not just the consideration.
  • Include an Exemption Clause or Statement of Value if not paying Realty Transfer Tax.

IQS web access

Recorder of Deeds records search | Java Instructions LEK

IQS Lackawanna County web access technical support [email protected]


Pennsylvania Recorder of Deeds Association  (PRODA) –
PA Department of Revenue –
PA Department of State –


Statement of Value when paying a % of the Computed Value
Fee Schedules
Foreign Language Documents
 RTT Scranton decrease memo 2018
 Lackawanna County Realty Transfer Tax Rates
 Department of Revenue Common Level Ratio
 County School District Listing
 Frequently Asked Questions
 Map Recording Requirements
 Mineral Rights/Subsurface Documents
 Municipality Neighborhood Breakdown
 Parcel Identification Number Requirements
 RTT Frequently Asked Questions
 Recording Requirements
 Refund Policy – Effective January 1, 2007
 Why Do We Have a Recorder of Deeds?


 Notary Public Change of Address Form
 Notary Public Change of Name Form
 Notary Public Resignation Form
 Realty Transfer Tax Statement of Value
 Request For Military Discharge Papers

Administrative Contacts

Evie Rafalko-McNulty
Recorder of Deeds
Phone: 570-963-6775
Fax: 570-963-6390
E-mail: [email protected]

Margie Kelly,
Deputy Recorder
Phone: 570-963-6775
Fax: 570-963-6390
Email: [email protected]

Mary Rose Carlucci
Chief Clerk
Phone: 570-963-6775
Fax: 570-963-6390
E-mail: [email protected]


Lackawanna County Recorder of Deeds
123 Wyoming Avenue, Suite 218
Scranton,  PA 18503

Hours Of Operation

9:00 a.m. through 4:00 p.m.

Recording Hours

9:00 a.m. through 3:45 p.m.

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