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Home Recording Requirements
Delaware Recording Requirements PDF Print E-mail
BASIC REQUIREMENTS:
  FORM REQUIREMENTS:
 
Paper:
  •  8 1/2" by 11" accepted
  • 8 1/2" by 14" (maximum accepted)

 


Deeds:

  • Realty Transfer Tax Return and Affidavit of Gain and Value Form 5240
  • Legal Description
  • Previous Recorded Information required
Non-Standard Fee:
  • Accepted only in Kent County
 
Lost Affidavit:

 

Margins:
  •  First Page: 2 1/2" Top Margin; 1" other sides.
  • Other Pages: 1"
  • Last page: 2" Bottom Margin
   
Death Certificate:

 

Print:
  •  Black Ink Only
  • 10 point font minimum
  • (Sussex has specific 12 point and 15 characters per inch)
   
Power of Attorney:
  •  Original Only(copies not accepted)
Preparer Info:
  •  Name and Address of preparer & Return-to
   
Envelopes:
  •  Required for the return of recorded documents
Vesting:
  •  Must conform throughout instrument
   COMMON REJECTION REASONS:
Martial Status:
  •  Required
 
  •  Tax parcel number missing or in wrong place on first page
APN/PID Number:
  • Parcel number is required in upper left hand corner of 1st page
 
  •  Fee incorrect
Witnesses:
  •  None required
 
  • "Prepared by" statement missing
Printed Names:
  • Required beneath original signatures
 
  •  Notarial certificate incomplete or name and title not typed beneath signature
Legal:
  • County tax assessment parcel identification number
  • Book & Page and document dates on all previously recorded documents & original recording
 
  •  Affidavit of Gain and Value missing from deed
Notary:
  • Notarial Certificate to inclue the following.... 
  • Date of Acknowledgment
  • Expiration Date of Notary
  • Stamp or Seal (not required)
 
  • Return-to address missing

SPECIAL CHARACTERISTICS:

Kent County Standards of Recording. The prior $8.00 per page fee has been replaced with a $30.00 per document fee for any docs that do not meet the Kent County "Standards of Recording" as follows:

  1. Document size:8"x11"
  2. Margins at least: Top of first page 1.25"; bottom of last page 2"; all right margins .75"; all other margins .5"
  3. Font Size: average at least 10 point (15 characters per inch)
  4. Tax parcel ID: full 25 characters on upper third of first page
  5. Notary: Name, title, and expiration date must be typed, stamped, or legibly printed in black ink.

Sussex County has specified 12 point and 15 characters per inch as of September 2000. Page number: Number all pages, including attachments, sequentially.

 

 

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