Any instrument sent for recording via mail or express service must include a self-addressed stamped envelope (SASE) in order to have the Recorded Land instrument returned or a recording receipt returned in the case of Land Court recordings. A Recorded Land Instrument without an appropriate SASE will be discarded within five business days of recording.
The Registry of Deeds does not issue change and all recordings should be submitted with the exact amount of recording fees, as enumerated below. Any individual recording sent with a check or money order that exceeds the recording fee by more than five dollars ($5.00) will be rejected and returned to the sender. Any recordings with payment amounts that exceed the recording fee by five dollars ($5.00) or less will be retained by the Registry as a handling charge.
Current Fee Schedule
As a result of various acts of the Massachusetts Legislature: 1) Amending MGL Ch. 262 Sec. 38 and 39; 2) Enacting Chapter 267 of the Acts of 2000 (Community Preservation Act Surcharge, $20) and; 3) Adding section 41 to MGL Ch. 36 (Deeds Technology Fund Surcharge, $5) the fees (including all surcharges) for recording or registering a document in the Barnstable Registry of Deeds or the Barnstable Registration District of the Land Court, effective March 15, 2003, are as follows under “Current” fee schedules:
Current Recorded Land Fee Schedule (Effective 12/31/2019)
Current Registered Land Fee Schedule (Effective 12/31/2019)
State and County Deeds Excise Tax
For all deeds with consideration of $100 or greater, an Excise tax is assessed at the rate of $6.48 per $1,000.00 of stated value. To calculate the tax, multiply the stated consideration for the deed by .00648. If the stated consideration does not end in an even $500.00 or $1,000 round the consideration up to the next $500.00 and then calculate the tax. For example: If the sales price is $30,100.00 you must round up to $30,500.00 and then multiply by .00648 to calculate the tax. If the sales price is $30,600.00 then round up to $31,000.00 and then multiply by .00648 to calculate the tax. Deeds for less than $100.00 are not subject to an excise tax.
Checks for fees and excise taxes should be made out to the Barnstable Registry of Deeds. Separate checks are not required for fees and excise taxes.