Recorder of Deeds

In order to minimize health risks, the Sussex County Recorder of Deeds has modified document submission procedures, effective immediately.

Staffing at the County office building has been reduced to an absolute minimum. As a result, any party submitting paper documents should be prepared to experience substantial delays in the recording of paper documents. The Sussex County Recorder of Deeds does not represent and will not guarantee that paper documents will be recorded on the day they are received.

For customers who need to submit physical copies of plans and permits, a drop-off box is available in the County Administrative Offices building lobby, 2 The Circle, Georgetown. Drop-offs will be received 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday. For those individuals dropping off documents, all submissions shall include an intake form. Please fill out, print, and include with your submission when dropping off documents.

E-filing is strongly encouraged. We accept all document types with the exception of plots. Our staff is e-filing during normal business hours. If there are issues, you will be notified right away so you can correct and resubmit. You can sign up by contacting the following vendors:

Simplifile: 1-800-460-5657
CSC: 1-866-652-0111

Our office staff is handling requests for copies of documents as well as general information questions through our email address at deeds@sussexcountyde.gov, or you may leave a message on the office voice mail at (302) 855-7785 and someone will return your call. We strongly urge customers to utilize the deeds email address provided above for the quickest response.

Copies of documents can be obtained through the Online Deeds website.

For information on how other County business is being handled, please see Sussex County Operations Coronavirus Updates.


Sussex County recently revisited the first-time home buyer transfer tax exemption and determined that it should be applied soley to the first-time home buyer's portion of the Sussex County transfer tax. On June 13, 2017, the Sussex County Council adopted an amendment to Sussex County Code, §103-19D to reflect this change. This change applies to all residential real estate contracts entered into on or after July 1, 2017.

If you are handling a real estate closing for a first-time home buyer and the contract was entered into prior to July 1, 2017, you are required to attach a copy of the contract to the Sussex County Transfer Tax Affidavit prior to recording. This will ensure that the exemption applies to the entire transaction and not only to the buyer's portion of the transfer tax.


The Mission of the Recorder of Deeds Office is to Serve the Residents of Sussex County by correctly recording and indexing documents in a timely and efficient manner, by courteously responding to requests for help and information, by collecting and properly accounting for the appropriate fees and taxes, and by providing every employee with motivation, training, and experience.

Scott Dailey

Contact Information
Recorder of Deeds Scott Dailey
Address 2 The Circle
P.O. Box 827
Georgetown, DE 19947
Phone (302) 855-7785
Fax (302) 855-7787
Hours 8:30 AM - 4:30 PM (M-F except holidays)
Recording window closes at 4:00 PM

Please Note:

  • Effective immediately, Sussex County will no longer accept void requests. Once a document is on record, it will stay on record. If a document needs to be corrected due to error at the recorder’s office, the submitter will not be charged. However, if the error is determined to be at the fault of the submitter, corrections will need to be submitted through re-record and will be charged accordingly.
  • Limit of 5 document Recordings per check/money order payment.
  • All payments must be correct or they will be returned. We no longer issue refunds.
  • Deeds received to be recorded within town limits without the proper Town Stamps will be returned.
  • The recording window closes at 4:00 PM. Documents must be submitted in person, at the recording window, prior to that time.