Norfolk Registry of Deeds – Electronic Recording

Good news from the Norfolk Registry of Deeds!

“Calling it a winning situation for the Norfolk County Registry of Deeds, and its users, Register of Deeds William P. O’Donnell today announced the Registry has begun recording all county Land Court documents electronically.

Register O’Donnell stated, “The productivity gains that will result from electronic Land Court recording benefit the homeowners and taxpayers of Norfolk County and our institutional users by allowing all of us to work smarter and more efficiently.” Norfolk County is comprised of 20% registered land or “Land Court land.”

“We implemented the program,” noted O’Donnell, “on April 12th of this year with just mortgage discharges. We thought this would be a good first step to ensure our institutional customers and Registry staff were comfortable with electronically recording land court documents. On July 1st, we expanded this program to allow for the electronic recording of all Land Court documents, such as deeds, mortgages, Homesteads and liens.”

Electronic recording came about with the passage of Chapter 404 of the Acts of 2016, an act to modernize Massachusetts Registries of Deeds by eliminating the need to retain original land court documents. The law was spearheaded by a number of state legislators and Registers of Deeds.

The Register noted that since 2010, the Norfolk County Registry of Deeds has been electronically recording recorded land documents, which comprise 80% of the county’s land. O’Donnell noted, “our experience of being up to the challenge of efficiently recording documents electronically on the recorded land side has prepared us well to record electronically registered land or Land Court documents.”

Register O’Donnell concluded by saying, “electronic recording is part of a continuing effort by the Norfolk County Registry of Deeds to leverage cutting edge technologies to record land documents – both recorded land and now registered land or Land Court land – in a secure, efficient, modernized manner.”

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The Norfolk County Registry of Deeds is located at 649 High Street, Dedham. The Registry is a resource for homeowners, title examiners, mortgage lenders, municipalities and others with a need for secure, accurate, accessible land record information. All land record research information can be found on the Registry’s website at Residents in need of assistance can contact the Registry of Deeds Customer Service Center at (781) 461-6101, or email us at

Register William P. O’Donnell

Norfolk County Registry of Deeds


phone: 781-234-3336


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