The process by which a document is recorded in the Recording Division is very interesting.
A Deed, Mortgage or other legal document is submitted to the Clerk for recording and filing. The instrument is examined as to form dates, signatures, acknowledgment and location of property. The fee and applicable taxes are paid to and recorded by the County Clerk at the time of the filing. The recording date is stamped on the documents and the paper is then forwarded to index clerks who enter it into the permanent Index Books. Every deed is abstracted by the Clerk's division for the Tax Assessor of the municipality in which the property is located. The instrument is microfilmed and the copy is bound into a permanent volume. Also, a microfilm copy of every Deed, Mortgage and other documents filed in this office is prepared by the County Clerk and stored in vaults at the Hunterdon County Records Retention Facility. This will provide copies should any disaster befall the copies on file in the Clerk's Office. The original document is then returned to the owner.
If you would like to learn more about Deeds, please view our "Homeowners Guide to Good Deeds (PDF)."
Forms & Further Information
- All Recording Forms
- Correcting Foreclosure Practices
- County Recorder Cover Sheet Information Regarding the NJ County Clerk's Recording Law (PDF)
- Document Reference Manual
- E-Filing Now Available (PDF)
- Fee Schedule
- Home Mortgage Foreclosure Help and Information
- Realty Transfer Fees Calculator
- Realty Transfer Fees: FAQs
Please note: Hunterdon County does not participate in the Homeless Trust Fund.