About BLR

About the Bureau of Land Records
The use of the Uniform Parcel Identifier (UPI) for referencing land record instruments has been an important initiative in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania since 1988.

The primary purpose of the Bureau of Land Records (BLR) is to verify UPI numbers as stated on various land record instruments. The documents are then indexed by UPI number in the Recorder of Deeds system and cross-referenced with other key records such as the GIS maps, Assessment data and the situs location addresses from the County's E-911 program.

The BLR completed the production implementation of the UPI program on 2/5/01. Since this implementation, the UPI number has been required on all instruments, except Uniform Commercial Codes (UCC) and some Power of Attorneys (POA), prior to recordation. In addition, the County collects a $15.00 UPI fee for each UPI number included on an instrument. The UPI program is a joint effort of the Recorder of Deeds Office and the County's DCIS/GIS department.

The UPI program is a first critical step in land record's modernization. Benefits of the UPI number include:

  • provides additional means of indexing key land records
  • provides other means of completing a "chain of title" (the UPI number becomes "searchable" like a Tract Index in other locations)
  • shortens the lag time in the record update process--Recorder of Deeds, through DCIS/GIS, to Assessment and beyond
  • improves the linkage to other important records, such as cadastral maps and assessment records
  • allows for "spatial querying" [e.g., requesting a list of UPI numbers, with deed book and page, for all current instruments abutting the 200 block of South Main Street].

Please contact the BLR for assistance, in obtaining or verifying a UPI number, at (610)-344-4561 or
(610)-344-5968 or by emailing BLR@chesco.org. Also see How to Find or Verify the UPI for instructions on obtaining the UPI number via the Internet.