n. the act of entering a legal document in a public registry or records office the act of completing a process that formally transforms an information object into a record Principally Canadianthe state of being a record, especially with the sense of a record’s shifting between fixity and mutability in its physical and social contexts


In a county clerk’s office, recordation1 (also referred to as recording) is the opposite of filing. When a person records a document in such an office, the clerk makes a copy (usually digital, in the past micrographic, and originally by hand) and the original is returned to the deed holder. Most records in county clerks’ offices are filed. In such situations, the filer gives the record to the clerk, who retains the record.