Real Estate Division

The Real Estate Division of the Clerk’s Office records deeds, deeds of trust, judgments, financing statements and other official documents associated with land transactions for Rockingham County and the City of Harrisonburg.

In order for a document to be recorded, it must be one that is authorized by law to be recorded in the Deed Book and it must meet certain statutory provisions. Recordation fees and taxes will vary. Recording hours are from 8:30 am to 4:30 pm, Monday through Friday. Documents presented after normal recording hours will be recorded the next business day. Further information you'll need to know:

  • Cover sheets are not required.
  • Writings presented for recordation shall be original documents, signed and properly acknowledged,
  • Each individual’s surname only shall be underscored or written in capital letters
    • Correct examples: John DOE / JOHN DOE / John Doe
    • Incorrect examples: JOHN DOE / John Doe / JOHN DOE / John Doe
  • All writings submitted must have each page of the writing numbered consecutively; cover sheets are to be numbered as page 1 since they are not required in our office.
  • Tax map numbers are required on the first page of deeds and deeds of trust. This requirement does not apply for timeshare documents.
  • Each document shall include the code section(s) under which any exemption from recordation taxes or Clerk’s fee is claimed on the first page. Deeds must have consideration and actual value shown on the first page.
  • Checks can be made payable to Clerk of Court.
  • Our office does accept electronic recordings. We are currently partnered with Corporation Service Company (CSC), eRecording Partners Network (ePN), Indecomm Global Services and Simplifile. Please see the E-Recording page for more information.

**Please note that if you plan to visit our office, electronic devices such as phones, tablets, computers, etc. are not allowed in the building.**