Registrar of Deeds
As of 11:59 pm on April 5th, the public health emergency which was declared in PEI expired. Under the provisions of the Registry Act, documents with electronic proof of execution will continue to be registered for 30 days following the expiry of the state of emergency. Effective Friday, May 6th, documents executed electronically under emergency provisions of the Act will not be accepted for registration. For greater clarity, this 30 day grace period is strictly a time frame for electronically executed documents to be registered.
This section provides information on the public registry of property ownership documents including legislative authority, registry offices and registration rates.
What is the Registry of Deeds?
Under the authority of the Registry Act, the Registrar of Deeds provides a public office for the registration and filing of real property ownership documents such as deeds, mortgages, subdivision plans, etc.
These documents are made available to the public during office hours.
Registry offices also provide public research areas at no charge for the purpose of searching titles on properties.
During regular office hours, the public may visit one of the two registry offices in PEI.
Where are the Registry Offices located?
There are two registry offices in PEI:
Charlottetown Registry Office serves Kings and Queens counties
Summerside Registry Office serves Prince County
What are the Registry Office hours of operation?
The hours of operation for both Registry Office locations are:
Winter Hours (October – May):
- 9:00 am to 4:30 pm for the registration of deeds
- 8:30 am to 5:00 pm for searching
Summer Hours (June – September):
- 8:30 am to 3:30 pm for the registration of deeds
- 8:00 am to 4:00 pm for searching
The change to summer hours is subject to annual approval by Executive Council.
Are there fees charged for registration of real property documents?
Registry fees can be found in Section 50 of the Registry Act.
View the summary of registry fees.
Why am I required to file an Affidavit of Purchaser form in the Registry Office before a deed of conveyance can be registered?
When real property is sold in Prince Edward Island, Section 15(1) of the Real Property Assessment Act requires that the purchaser file an Affidavit of Purchaser form with the Registrar of Deeds before a deed of conveyance can be registered.
The Affidavit of Purchaser form provides information on the name and address of the purchaser, and the name and address to whom the Notice of Assessment and Notice of Property Charges should be sent, if different from the purchaser. It includes the property number, civic address and location of the property (or portion of a property) that was purchased. The name of the vendor and the consideration paid for the property is also given in the affidavit.
The Affidavit of Purchaser form provides the essential information needed to administer the assessment of real property under the Real Property Assessment Act, the taxation of real property transfer under the Real Property Transfer Tax Act and the taxation of real property under the Real Property Tax Act.
Is there a fee charged to file the Affidavit of Purchaser form?
No. The Affidavit of Purchaser form is a mandatory document required for the administration of tax statutes.