ACRIS – Learn to Search Property Record in NYC

By: Abdullah Haroon August 11, 2020

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In the United States, anyone can look up for property sales and records. To serve citizens efficiently, a city register is established for keeping the official records of all real estate property documents in New York City.

Let us get familiar with the idea behind ACRIS and how to navigate through its website.


ACRIS stands for Automated City Register Information System and its website is likely to provide any document related to the property to the one asking for. On the website, you may search for a property record for home and view documents for each borough. The record is updated since 1966 onward. In addition to finding the record, it offers the option of finding the Property’s Borough, Block and Lot (BBL), or Address.

Let see discuss how you can search property records using the search options and filters. There are three simple ways to research:

  • Search by party name
  • Parcel number
  • By document type.


When you need to look for a certain record, go to the ACRIS website. You will see various options but you need to click on “begin using ACRIS”. The link will take you to the document search function.

How to use ACRIS NYC?

There are various options to search for the document and among them, the most used option is by typing the name.

1-Search by Party Name on ACRIS:

It is the most frequently used option on the ACRIS website. In legal terms, a Party Name is the name of the individual involved who is a participant of the deal.

To Search by Party Name, use the following steps:  

  • Begin by entering the individual’s name in the individual’s field.
  • If the ‘individual’ represents a business, then fill in the Business name into the Business field.


Note: in the old documents, individual names could have been entered in different patterns. Therefore trying different combinations may yield results.

You should play with the combinations by putting the last name in the first name field and vice versa to ensure that you have located all associated documents. Try to be as specific as you can to narrow down your search and avoid the ocean of documents.

Select Date Range:

It is an efficient way to narrow down your research into a single document. Therefore, you can also bracket a date range to locate the document.

Note: the date must follow the given sequence: MM/DD/YYYY.

  • Select Party Type:

It is another option on the menu to keep the searched results minimum and result oriented. You shall choose the party type and if you don’t know, the default value will be used.

You can further narrow your search by selecting a Party Type. If you leave this option unfilled then the website will consider default settings.

  • Select Borough/County:

To zero in on your required document, you may select a borough/county. The documents will be retrieved only from the selecting borough or city.

  • Select Document Class:

To further pinpoint the document, you can select a document class. You may select an option from the already given options in the box which proves helpful.

2-Search by Parcel Identifier:


BBL stands for Borough, Block, and Lot (“BBL”). It is the number of identification of every unit in NYC.

To search by BBL, perform the following steps.

  • Select Borough/County/Block/Lot

Begin by selecting a borough. You will only be able to retrieve a document related to the selected borough. You can only select one borough during one research.

  • Select Date Range:

To narrow down your search, you may select a date range from the options. In the case of a range setting, instead of getting a large number of results from the search, you will be able to get the required document.

  • Select Document Class:

The purpose of giving so many options to set range and type is to save you from the flood of documents. The more specific you become the better for you.

Therefore, here you can filter out results by selecting a document class. As per the settings, it will retrieve the documents from that document class.

3-Search by Document Type:

  • Select a Document Type:

You can begin your research by selecting a Document Class. It is likely to narrow down your research.

  • Select Date Range:

To further narrow down your search, select a date range if you know so that it can reach that specific document and you do not have to deal with a bundle of documents.

Note: enter dates in the following format: MM/DD/YYYY.

  • Select Borough/County:

You can filter out data further by choosing a borough/county. That means you will get the required document with much ease and less energy than by using the default settings. 

The bottom line:

By now, we assume you have sufficient knowledge to access to any public record related to real estate.

Note: Just a reminder that in case you do not select an option from the drop-down list, it will use the default settings which would give results in various numbers.