Richard P. Howe Jr.
Register of Deeds


Middlesex North Registry of Deeds

360 Gorham Street - Lowell, Massachusetts 01852 - T.978/322-9000


Middlesex North Towns

Billerica Carlisle
Chelmsford Dracut
Dunstable Lowell
Tewksbury Tyngsborough
Westford Wilmington

All other Middlesex County towns are in Middlesex South District


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Recording Fees

Document Type


Declaration of Homestead $35
Declaration of Trust $225
Deed $125
Mortgage $175
Mortgage Foreclosure Deed & Affidavit $125
Discharge of Mortgage $75
Municipal Lien Certificate $65
UCC Documents $45
Plans (per sheet) $75
Federal Tax Liens $5
All other documents $75

Method of Payment

The registry accepts cash or checks (including personal checks).  Checks should be payable to "Commonwealth of Massachusetts."  We do not accept credit or debit cards. 

Copies of Documents

Digital images of all documents are freely available on our website.  When at the registry, certified copies and copies printed from our computers or made on a self-service copying machine are $1 per page. To obtain copies by mail, please send a self-addressed, stamped envelope and a check for $5 per document ($15 for mortgages).  For certified copies of Registered Land documents, please call that department directly at 978/ 322-9030.

Document Stamp Rates

The State Excise Stamp Tax (MGL c.64D, s.1) shall apply to deeds, instruments or writings whereby any lands, tenements or other realty sold shall be granted, assigned, transferred or otherwise conveyed to, or vested in, the purchaser . . . when the consideration of the interest or property conveyed, exclusive of the value of any lien or encumbrance remaining thereon at the time of sale.  The effective tax rate is $2.28 for each $500 or fraction thereof of taxable value.  To view current and historic excise stamp charts, follow the links below:

Recording by Mail

To record by mail, send the original document, a check payable to "Commonwealth of Massachusetts" for the correct recording fee and a self-addressed, stamped envelope to Middlesex North Registry of Deeds, 360 Gorham Street, Lowell, MA 01852.  If your document is Registered Land, please place a Postit Note on the face of the document with the words "Registered Land" written on it.  Documents received by mail are typically recorded and scanned the same day.  Documents that cannot be recorded are returned to the sender by mail, usually the same day.

Walk-in Recording

Bring your original document to the registry of deeds from 8:30 a.m. until 4:15 p.m. on normal business days. Stop first at the Customer Service Counter. There, you will be directed to one of the recording counters. All recording fees and transfer taxes must be paid at the time of recording by check or cash (no credit or debit cards). Your original document will be scanned and handed back to you. The electronic image of the document becomes the official registry record. Under normal circumstances, the entire process takes less than 10 minutes.