The three main objectives of the ACRIS project were the correct indexing of the millions of property records in the city, providing public access to the required index and images and proper calculation of the required fees and taxes associated with property transfers. ACRIS offers a Cover Page application that provides for standard electronic indexing of all property documents, Internet access to all digital images and a standard online tax calculator that applies the proper fees and taxes based on the data entered in the Cover Page application.
All property records were paper and microfilm based which requires individuals to go into the City Register Office in one or all of the four (4) boroughs of New York City in order to research property information. And any submissions of new or amended documents regarding property (mortgages, powers of Attorney, liens, etc.) must be filed in the borough in which the property in question is located. This requires, time effort, money and/or professional assistance due to the convolute nature of the old system. ACRIS addresses these issues. In addition the users ability to fill out the paperwork electronically, ACRIS remedies some of the handwriting interpretation errors of the past that have caused problems and additional resources to correct.
All property (real and/or personal) owners and associated ancillary business (lawyers, title companies, insurance companies, banks, etc
) involved in the management, transaction and servicing of property
To make the City Register's office available to the citizens on line and available 24x7.
The New York City Department of Finance (DOF), City Register’s Office, is responsible for documenting, filing, updating, managing, and storing the real and personal property records for Kings, Queens, Bronx, and New York counties. To date, the Office is responsible for more than 60+ million images, in excess of 8 million records, and generates $1.5 billion in annual revenue from record filing fees and taxes