We've received a few calls regarding our status for this coming Monday which is Veteran's Day, a state and national holiday and so the Registry of Deeds will be closed for the entire day on Monday, November 11.
As for other holidays remaining in 2013, we will be closed on Thursday, November 28 for Thanksgiving, on Wednesday, December 25 for Christmas, and on Wednesday, January 1, 2014 for New Years Day. We will be open on all other days including the day after Thanksgiving and on Christmas Eve day and New Years Eve day for our normal hours which are 8:30 am until 4:30 pm (with recording ceasing at 4:15 pm).
As much as I dislike mentioning it, inclement weather can always affect registry operations. For overnight snow or ice storms, check the Trial Court website http://www.mass.gov/courts/courtsandjudges/courts/trialcourt.html which provides the most up to date information on weather-related closures. (Because the registry of deeds is located within the Lowell Superior Courthouse, our ability to open is dependent on the Trial Court keeping the courthouse open).
When coming to the registry, all documents presented for recording are immediately scanned and returned to the customer (except registered land documents which we retain). Recording fees must be paid by cash or check; we do not take credit or debit cards. Documents sent to us by mail are recorded the day they arrive and are typically mailed out in the same day's mail (assuming the customer includes a self-addressed, stamped envelope). About one out of every three documents we record now come to us electronically. In these cases, the original document never leaves the possession of the person doing the recording.
To research our records, we provide several public access computer terminals here at the registry, however, all documents are also freely available on our website, www.lowelldeeds.com.