Register of Deeds

The Register of Deeds Office provides many services to the general public. We act as legal custodian of all land records and land transactions in the county. We are responsible for probating, recording, indexing and imaging them into permanent records for viewing and copying by the general public. The Register’s Office is governed by the General Statutes of North Carolina, the Legislature, N.C. Secretary of State and the Bureau of Vital Statistics for the accuracy and safekeeping of these records.

This office is also custodian for vital records such as birth, death, and marriages. You may obtain a certified copy of all vital records if it took place within the county. Not everyone can obtain a certified copy so you might want to check with the office for requirements. We can also issue certified copies of birth records for the State of North Carolina if the person was born 1971 or later.

In addition to these types of records we also file and record military discharges, notary publics and any other document of a legal nature if properly acknowledged. Everything is public record except military discharges.

Our mission is to record and maintain these records, and our goal is to serve every citizen in a prompt and professional manner.

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NOTICE - Assumed business names filed before December 1, 2017 expire on December 1, 2022 and must be renewed to stay active.


Beginning December 1, 2017, North Carolina has a revised set of laws about assumed business names. New Article 14A, Chapter 66 of the NC General Statutes, effective December 1, keeps the filing of assumed business name information at the registers of deeds' offices across the state and has the following new features:

  • Establishes a statewide, online, searchable database at the NC Secretary of State's office containing assumed business name filings made on or after December 1, 2017
  • Allows filers to designate multiple counties for conducting business on one filing
  • Simplifies completion of certificates by removing the notarization requirement
  • Requires that filers update the information contained in their assumed business name filings within sixty (60) days of it changing
  • Allows for a 5 year transition period, until December 1, 2022, for all pre-existing assumed business name filers to re-file an assumed business name certificate to preserve the effectiveness of their assumed business name designation. See our FAQs for more information.

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