A Register of Deeds is an elected County Statutory Officer who is responsible for recording, filing and preserving all property transactions within the municipalities of the County in which they serve. The Registers Office affects anyone who owns or has owned real estate property. The Register's Office serves as the repository for copies of all legal documents which have been recorded with the respective County since its formation.
There are presently 2 out of 21 County's in the State of New Jersey where the Office of Register of Deeds exists (Essex and Hudson Counties). In the other 19 Counties the functions of the Register are under the jurisdiction of the County Clerk.