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Jun 22, 2017

Change in NJ Recording Law

County Clerk Christine Giordano Hanlon explains a change in the State recording law for all property filings, effective Monday, May 1, 2017.

In compliance with N.J.S.A. 46:26A-5, the Monmouth County Clerk’s Office must require a cover sheet with each individual land document submitted for recording.

Individuals submitting land documents to the Monmouth County Clerk’s Office for recording via U.S. Mail, Express Mail, Courier Service, in person, or electronically through the e-recording vendor, must submit a new completed cover sheet which contains mandatory indexing fields.

“The new cover sheet easily accessible at www.visitmonmouth.com/countyclerk, under “forms and services,” said Clerk Hanlon. “The PDF form can be easily filled in on a personal computer.”

The cover sheet is a part of the submitted land record and is included in the calculation of recording fees for documents with booking and paging fees only. There is no additional fee when recording flat fee instruments.

Failure to provide a cover sheet when submitting a land document will result in a $20.00 fee for the cost of indexing the document, per N.J.S.A. 46:26A-5. If an individual submits a land document without a cover sheet, and does not include an additional $20.00 for the indexing fee, the document will be rejected and returned. The individual can then resubmit the document with the cover sheet and an additional $10.00 page fee OR with a $20.00 indexing fee.

If you have any questions, please contact the Monmouth County Clerk’s Recording Division at (732) 431-7324, opt. 4.