Register of Deeds

Important Notice

All County offices are CLOSED to the public except by APPOINTMENT ONLY at this time!

Please call 252-232-3297 to schedule an appointment between
8:00 a.m. & 5:00 p.m. Monday – Friday.

The Register of Deeds is elected by the people and serves a four-year term.

During office hours citizens can come to the office and search public.

Responsibilities of the Register of Deeds
  • records, indexes, and preserves all real estate and business related documents that are presented for registration.
  • issues
    • marriage licenses
    • certified birth records
    • certified death records
  • offers on-site information and instructions on how to search for records
  • provides certified true copies of any documents on record for a fee
Helpful Terms To Know
  • Deed:  A signed and usually sealed instrument containing some legal transfer, bargain, or contract.
  • Conveyance:  The transfer of title to real property from one person to another.
  • Plat:  A scale-sized drawing of parcels or lots of land. Created by a survey, a plat defines a property’s size and boundaries.
  • Title Search:  A comprehensive research process which analyzes property status information, including ownership, liens, deeds, mortgages, and history.