The Recorder of Deeds
The Recorder of Deeds was an elected post before the advent of the Home Rule Charter. Under the direction of Thomas J. Judge, Sr., The Recorder of Deeds processes and preserves records relating to real property dating back to the year1789, the year Delaware County was founded. Documents processed include Deeds, Mortgages, Satisfactions of Mortgage, Financial Statements, Veterans Discharge Papers, Notary Publics, Police Commissions, Highway Plans, Subdivision Plans, Powers of Attorney, Assignments of Mortgage, and Releases of Mortgage.
All records are preserved on microfilm, which is developed and put into fiche cards. Some 79,000 new documents were processed in 1996, leading to collection and distribution of $26.1 million in Transfer Taxes, earning $1.9 million in fees and commissions for the County of Delaware as revenue. As well as $496,321 for Affordable Housing.
In January 1987 The Recorder of Deeds Office converted to an on-line computer system with the Data Processing department. The new system provides the residents of Delaware County, title companies and attorneys an up-dated system of retrieving real estate data from January 1982 to date.
Recording Your Military Discharge Document
The Delaware County Recorder of Deeds will scan and record a veteran’s DD-214 or other documentation for separation from the military at the Recorder of Deeds office, room 108 in the Delaware County Government Center, Media. Hours are 9 a.m.-3 p.m. daily. The veteran should bring all separation documents along with a photo ID. The document copies are only accessible by the veteran, his or her family or authorized military personnel.
Veterans Photo ID Card
Veterans who have filed a copy of their military discharge documents can access a free Veterans Photo ID card through the Recorder of Deeds office.
Obtaining a copy of discharge documents
Veterans who cannot locate their DD-214 or other separation documents can get an application from the Delaware County Veterans Affairs Department to acquire a copy of the discharge document from the National Military Personnel Records Center.
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