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Frequently Asked Questions

How do I add or change a name on my deed?

     The only way to change or add a name to a deed is by having a new deed prepared.  We cannot do this for you.  We suggest that you consult a lawyer to prepare any document.

How do I find a plan of my land?


     Your deed may reference a plan with a plan book and page or reference a plan by name without a book and page.  It then may be found in the indexes under the name on the plan.  Not all deeds have plans that accompany them.  If your property is part of a subdivision, a plan is probably available and we will help you locate it.  If a former owner had the property surveyed, it will be indexed under their name, we can show you how to use the plan index.


I need to know how much I paid for my property.


     When you purchased the property, you paid a State of New Hampshire transfer tax based on the selling price.  That tax rate has changed over the years and there is a schedule of the various rates posted throughout the Registry.  The date of the deed will determine the rate at the time of your purchase and the tax stamp can be converted to a selling price.  ( See fee section for this schedule).


I had a lien against me which has now been paid.


     We do not originate any records here, our function is to record documents brought to this office and cannot release any liens without a proper written release or discharge.  An original release must be obtained from the party that placed the lien against you and then recorded with the Registry to remove the lien from the title.  The original records are never removed but become part of the title of the property.  An abstractor researching the records would find the lien has been satisfied once the release is recorded.


I want to know who owns a piece of property?


     All records in the Registry are indexed by owner’s name, not a property address.  You must have a name and if not, then you should contact the town tax collector where the property is located.  They will have the property owner’s name listed for that property.


What is the L-CHIP surcharge?


     Effective July 1, 2008 a $25.00 surcharge was placed on all deeds, mortgages, discharges and plans to help fund the Land & Community Heritage Investment Program.  For more information go to:   www.lchip.org