Welcome to the Department of Records
The Home Rule Charter of 1951 established the Department of Records to ensure that Philadelphia's municipal records were appropriately controlled and managed. The Department sets records management standards and procedures for all City departments, boards, commissions, and agencies, and manages key records operations and services such as the City Archives, the Records Storage Center, the Recorder of Deeds, and central reprographic services.
The Department also manages public access to municipal records and establishes and collects fees to cover the cost of providing copies of records. As an agent for the Commonwealth and the City Revenue Department, the Records Department also collects realty transfer taxes and document recording fees and, as the official City tax registry, maintains the city's real property database and tax maps.