Contact Us:

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

To search land records/[email protected] click here.

Download these forms:

          Instructions to Transfer Tax Form Transfer Tax Form
          Real Estate Transfer Tax – Tax Rates Transfer Tax Form Supplement


Property Fraud Alert
This free service, provided by the Washington County Register of Deeds, will alert you with an e-mail notification when a document is filed in the Washington County Registry of Deeds office with your name on it.  To sign up for this service, please click here Property Fraud Alert.

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

PLAN                                       $24.00

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 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 at [email protected]

 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


REGISTRIES require clean space and margins on all documents. The requirements are 1 ¾ inch across the first and last page.

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