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Department of Records

Frequently asked questions

Explore a collection of frequently asked questions about the Department of Records and its services. You can also view translations of the FAQS.

Deeds and property

How do I change ownership of a property, or add or remove a name from a deed?

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How do I prepare a deed?

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How can I get a title if the owners are deceased?

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Do I have to pay realty transfer tax when I transfer my property to a relative?

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How can I get information about liens and judgments?

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Where can I get property tax information?

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How can I get information on a property or a copy of my deed?

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Once I pay my mortgage off, when can I expect to receive a new deed?

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How can I find City-owned properties?

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The name on my water and tax bills is not mine. How do I get this corrected?

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Where can I do a title search?

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What should I do when I need a loan satisfied but the original lender is out of business?

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How can I see a map of my property lines?

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I paid off my mortgage. Do I get a copy of my deed?

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I have a court order that orders the Department of Records to transfer property. What do I do?

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Archives

How can I find out if a relative is still alive?

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How do I get a copy of a deed or find out who owned my home before I did?

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How can I find out when my house was built?

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How can I get a copy of a marriage certificate?

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How do I get copies of public safety reports?

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How do I get a copy of a divorce record?

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How can I get a copy of my ancestor’s naturalization record?

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Right to know and subpoenas

How do I file a right-to-know request?

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How do I file a subpoena with the City?

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