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Rick Loughery
Recorder of Deeds

Rick Loughery is the Chester County Recorder of Deeds, an elected county official responsible for the public repository of real estate records, military discharges, official commissions and other documents.  Elected in November 2011 and sworn into office in January 2012, Rick became the youngest elected county official in our Commonwealth. 

The Office of the Recorder of Deeds is used by ordinary citizens on a daily basis. It is an important interface between taxpayers, real estate professionals and county government.  In 2012, Rick upgraded the office to a new, high-tech recording system and partnered with District Attorney Tom Hogan in a campaign against real estate fraud.  He also launched the Veterans ID & Discount program, which provides special photo identification to Chester County Veterans who record their discharge papers with his office and offers discounts from participating county businesses to those Veterans with the ID.

Rick earned both his bachelor’s and master’s degree from West Chester University.  He is the former analyst to Commissioner Terence Farrell, who had also served as Recorder of Deeds, and was an elected Township Auditor.  Born and raised in Chester County, Rick is active in the community and works with local nonprofits, service groups and chambers of commerce.

On October 16th, 2013 House Resolution 493 was adopted designating November 1st, 2013, as “Veterans, Record Your Discharge Day" in Pennsylvania.

I encourage veterans to record their release or discharge documents (DD-214) in their County’s Recorder of Deeds Office. This is a free service and ensures that the veterans’ discharge documents are available to them in the future should the originals become lost or stolen.
“Our veterans must provide certified copies of their military discharge to receive various benefits and for certain legal matters. My office is the official repository of over 28,000 discharges of Chester County veterans, preserving their proof of service to this great country. Furthermore, my office also offers a special photo ID to our veterans, which provides access to discounts at participating businesses across the county. We do all of this at no cost to our veterans which is our way of thanking them for their sacrifice!” Rick Loughery Recorder of Deeds

To view the House Resolution 493 "Veterans, Record Your Discharge Day" click here HR 493


Department of Revenue Statement of Value form will change:  effective January 1st, 2015
2015 Statement of Value form

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Good Deeds Newsletter November 2014

Veterans ID and Discount Program

Office of the Recorder of Deeds Mission Statement

Document Recording Requirements
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