City Register's E-Recording - Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

E-Recording allows for the electronic submission of Land Records documents. It is the process by which the documents are transmitted via the internet to the New York City Register for official recording.

E-Recording started in New York State in September 2012. ACRIS supported E-Recording in July 2013.

All recordable documents you submit to the City Register can be E-Recorded using the Automated City Register Information System (ACRIS).

No, New York State Law gives us permission to accept documents for E-Recording, but does not mandate that all documents be submitted in this manner.

  • E-Recording is convenient, quick, secure and eco-friendly
  • Retain control of your original documents throughout the process
  • Receive instant email confirmation that your documents have been recorded along with recording and endorsement cover page with the City Register stamp and file number
  • There is no activation fee required
  • Receive instant email notification outlining the reason(s) for rejection if there is a problem with your submission
  • Improve timeliness of transfer tax return filings and recording by reducing initial submission time and re-submission times
  • Save the time and cost of postage and courier services

ACRIS accepts E-Recorded documents 24/7. (Note: Documents are recorded during normal business hours)

Land record documents can be E-Recorded via the Automatic City Register Information System Or you can go to any borough office to electronically upload the documents to the Automatic City Register Information System.

  1. From the ACRIS main menu click create tax form / create cover page.
  2. • If you have not already done so, click the” create an account” button to create a NYC.ID Account.
  3. Log into ACRIS with your NYC.ID Account.
  4. Create an ACRIS profile.
  5. Click the register for e-submission button.
  6. Complete the Registered Submitter Registration Agreement and Enrollment for e-Recording form which opens in a new window.
  7. Mail or send via email the completed Registered Submitter Registration Agreement and Enrollment for e-Recording form to the Division of Land Records, City Register, NYC Department of Finance, 66 John Street, 13th Floor, New York, NY 10038 or email the City Register at

The approval process takes seven to ten business days if the application is submitted by mail. If the application is e-mailed or uploaded, the process takes 24 to 48 hours. If you complete the application correctly, you will receive an e-mail confirmation.

You only have to register once for the boroughs of Manhattan, Brooklyn, Queens and the Bronx. However for counties such as Nassau, Westchester etc., every submitter must register with each separate recording office in order to participate in E-Recording.

Yes, you must be able to scan documents into a portable document format (PDF). This will require access to a scanner and software capable of producing PDF files.

The City Register office has portable scanners in each borough location– Manhattan, Brooklyn, Bronx and Queens. You can create cover pages at home or use the public terminals in our offices and upload your documents using the scanner.

The office of the City Register has created a tutorial video. Click on the link This video will show you how to E-submit your documents to the Office of the City Register.

You must lower your image’s resolution to 300 DPI. This will allow you to upload.

Yes. Real property transfer tax returns for transfers of real property located in Staten Island must now be filed electronically and in paper form. The electronic form must be filed online using ACRIS, the Automated City Register Information System. The paper return must be filed in the office of the Richmond County Clerk, or if a return is not filed at the time of the recording of a deed, or the deed has not yet been recorded, the paper return may instead be filed in any office of the City Register.