Mailing: Washington County Registry of Deeds | P. O. Box 297 | Machias, ME 04654
Physical: 85 Court Street | Machias, Maine
Phone: 207-255-6512 | Fax: 207-255-3838
Download these forms:
|Instructions to Transfer Tax Form||Transfer Tax Form|
|Real Estate Transfer Tax – Tax Rates||Supplement to Transfer Tax Form|
For tax map information contact the desired municipal office.
The general statutes of Maine govern the Registry of Deeds. The statutes prohibit the Registry staff from performing searches.
The Registry by law does not offer any legal or professional advice. If you need legal guidance regarding document preparation or interpretation, the best means of obtaining it would be through an attorney or title company.
The Register is elected to a four-year term, appoints a deputy, and may appoint the staff required to record and verify the authenticity of the records being filed. Before they are filed, documents are verified and indexed in a variety of ways so that staff and the public can access them in an efficient manner. Documents are digitized for computer access beginning in 1784 (through virtual books) to present.
Note: Washington County Maine was a part of Lincoln County, District of Massachusetts until June 25, 1789. As a result, any Washington County deeds through that date will be found in Lincoln County; everything after that date is available in the Registry of Deeds, located in the Washington County Court House.
The Washington County Registry of Deeds records various public documents, including but not limited to:
Deeds Assignments Affidavits
Mortgages Divorce decrees Leases
Discharges Partial Releases Liens
Court records Foreclosures Land Surveys
Other Miscellaneous Documents
RECORDING HOURS 8:00 – 3:45 Monday thru Friday.
DOCUMENT $22.00 for the 1st page and $2.00 for each additional page
MUNICIPAL DOCUMENTS $19.00 for the 1st page and $2.00 for each additional page
INDEX NAMES $1.00 per indexed name over four
MARGINAL REFERENCES $13.00 per marginal reference over one
COPY PLAN $5.00
COPY FEE $1.00 per page
CERTIFIED DOCUMENT $1.00 plus cost of copy
FAX FEES $3.00 fax fee plus $1.00 per page
Printing copies from the www.Mainelandrecords.com website is free for the first 500 pages for non-subscribers. Records go back to 1784 on this site.
Transfer Tax Fee is calculated at $2.20 per $500.00 or fractional part thereof.
If you have a question pertaining to the transfer amount or whether it might be
an exempt transaction, please contact the Registry at 207-255-6512 or email us
All deeds EXCEPT corrective deeds, cemetery deeds, confirmatory deeds, deeds of distribution and transfers upon death deeds require a Real Estate Transfer Tax Declaration (RETTD). Additional information and forms are available through the State of Maine website at www.maine.gov
REGISTRIES require clean space and margins on all documents. The requirements are 1 ¾ inch across the first and last page.