Many situations can cause you to want to change the names on your property deeds. If you have got married, then you may want to change your name on the deed or add your husband or wife's name. Other reasons for changing names on property deeds include selling the property or giving real estate away as a gift to someone. A property deed is a legal document that names the owners of a piece of real estate (Reference 1). Once the deed is signed, it is a public record that lists the names of all the owners and the address of the property.
Verify your ownership in the property to ensure you have authority to change names on the property deed. If you have sole ownership, then that means you have full interest and you can change the name on the property deed without obtaining the permission of anyone else. However, if other people are listed on the deed, then you may have to consult with the other owners for the proper authorisation to change the names on the deed (Reference 2). Review your deed and consult with a real estate attorney to verify your rights and shares in your property.
Sign a property deed that lists the names of the new owners. To change names on a deed, you will have to complete a new deed. The fastest way to complete the process is to use a quitclaim deed. A quitclaim deed is a legal document that changes the names on a deed and transfers ownership of the property without any guarantee of the current owner’s interest in the property. Other deeds that you can use to change names on a deed are a warranty deed and a sale deed. A warranty deed transfers property ownership with a guarantee of full interest in the property. A sale deed changes the name on a deed without warranty of a good title (Reference 3 & 4). To get copies of property deed forms, conduct an Internet search for free legal documents or contact a title company or a real estate attorney.
Record the new deed with the county Register of Deeds office. After you sign the deed that lists the new names, you must take a copy to your county Register of Deeds office so that the deed can be recorded. The Register of Deeds office keeps records of all land transactions in a specific county. Property deeds are public records and anyone can search these legal documents in the Register of Deeds office or on its website (Reference 5). Most states require for the deed to be notarised before it can be recorded. To get the deed notarised, you will have to sign the document in the presence of a notary public. A notary public is an authorised state official who witnesses the execution of important forms (Resource 1). To find a notary, visit your public library. There may be a fee to get the document notarised and a separate fee to have it recorded.