Welcome to the Registry of Deeds

The Registry of Deeds is the recording office of all land transactions in the Greater New Bedford area of Bristol County including Acushnet, Dartmouth, Fairhaven, New Bedford and Westport. We are also a research library for recorded land transactions. Our records (some of which are copies from when there was only one county registry) date back to 1687.

New Postage Rates

Please note new postage rates will take effect Feb. 1, 2014.

Deed Indexing Standards

Please note that the Deed Indexing Standards have been revised as of Jan 1, 2008.

Hours of Business

Open Close
Recording 8:00 AM 4:00 PM
Research 8:00 AM 4:30 PM
The Registry of Deeds is open Monday through Friday, holidays excluded.

Record Availability

Common Records indicies are available from 01/02/1978 through 10/24/2014 (Instrument #21080).

Land Court indicies are available from 01/01/1990 through 10/23/2014.

Image Availability

Most recent images are available for Recorded Land. Land Court images Document number 1 through 104862 are posted. Land Court plan images are not yet available on the web. We are currently working to make them available.