Documents must have the name, phone number and address of the person the original document will be returned to.

All deeds and deeds of trust must have the name of the person or law firm who drafted the document on the front page of the document, and all conveyances of land must have the tax ID number and grantee address on the front page. The tax ID number can be obtained from the land records department of the county tax office, telephone 910-798-7300. See fee schedule page for recording fees and excise tax information.

All instruments presented for registration on paper shall meet all of the following requirements:

  • Be eight and one-half (8-1/2″) by eleven inches (11″) and eight and one-half (8-1/2″) by fourteen inches (14″).
  • Have a BLANK margin of three inches (3″) at the top of the first page and BLANK margin of one-fourth inch (1/4″) on the remaining sides of the first page and on all sides of subsequent pages.
  • Be typed or printed in black on white paper in a legible font.
  • A font size no smaller than 9 points shall be considered legible. Blanks in an instrument may be completed in pen and correction to an instrument may be made in pen. (Black ink only)
  • Have text typed or printed on one side of a page only.

State the type of instrument at the top of the first page. (Not in blank margin)If an instrument does not meet these requirements, the register of deeds shall register the instrument after collecting the fee of $25.00 for nonstandard documents as required by GS 161-10(a)(19) in addition to all other applicable recording fees.

The following are exempt from the above requirements:
Cancellation of Deeds of Trust or Mortgages (all forms) and UCC filings.

Notice: Credit and Debit cards are accepted in all Register of Deeds departments.

To request copies or documents to be returned through the mail you must send us a pre-addressed stamped envelope. Please note that we also do not issue refunds.

Fee Change Effective October 1, 2011

  1. The fees for recording Instruments except deeds of trust and mortgages will be $26 for the first 15 pages and $4 each add’l page.
  2. Deeds of trust and mortgages will be $56 for the first 15 pages and $4 each add’l page.
  3. Add’l subsequent instrument index reference $10 each (only on Assignments)  This fee is not triggered by supplemental information that does not have to be indexed according to the subsequent instrument indexing rule, this charge may be avoided by using a separate satisfaction document for each original instrument being discharged.

Effective October 1, 2015
For an instrument that contains excessive recording data, the fee shall be an additional two dollars ($2.00) for each party listed in the instrument in excess of 20. An instrument contains excessive recording data when there are more than 20 distinct parties listed in the instrument, including any attachments and exhibits, that require indexing pursuant to G.S. 147-54.3 or this Chapter.


Deeds and Other Instruments​(except plats, deeds of trust, and mortgages)
$26.00 up to 15 pages
$4.00 each additional page
$10.00 additional fee for each multiple-instrument​
Deeds of Trust​ and Mortgages
as of October 1, 2016 - $64.00 up to 35 pages
$4.00 each additional page​
$10.00 additional fee for each multiple-instrument​
Amended Deed of Trust
$26.00 up to 15 pages
$4.00 each additional page
$10.00 additional fee for each multiple-instrument​
$26.00 up to 15 pages
$4.00 each additional page
$10.00 additional fee for each multiple-instrument​
$10.00 additional fee for references, after the 1st
Add'l Subsequent Instrument Index Reference(Only on assignments)
$10.00 each
Non-Standard Document Fee G.S. 161-14(B)​
$25.00 additional recording fee
Instruments In General(Uncertified)
$0.25 each page​
Instruments In General(Certified)​
$5.00 first page​
$2.00 each additional page​
8 1/2 X 11 $0.25 each page​
11 x 17 $1.00 each page
17 x 22 $2.00 each page​
18 x 24 $3.00 each page
24 x 36 $5.00 each page​
8 1/2 x 11 $5.00 first page​
8 1/2 x 11 $2.00 each additional page​
11 x 17 $5.00 first page​
11 x 17 $2.00 each additional page​
17 x 22 $5.00 first page​
17 x 22 $2.00 each additional page​
18 x 24 $5.00 first page​
18 x 24 $2.00 each additional page​
24 x 36 $5.00 first page​
24 x 36 $2.00 each additional page
Condo & Subdivision Plats
$21.00 first page​
$21.00 each additional page​
Highway Right-Of-Way Plats​
$21.00 first page​
$5.00 each additional page​
Oath $10.00​
Notary Authentication $5.00​
Excise Tax Valuation​
1991 to current $2.00 per $1000.00​
1968 - 1991 $1.00 per $1000.00​
Prior - 1967 $1.10 per $1000.00​
Marriage License​
Certified copies Birth, Death & Marriages​
Uncertified Copies Birth, Death & Marriages By Mail​
Birth and Death Amendments​
VRAS Search Request​

The Uniform Commercial Code, N.C. General Statute, Chapter 25, is a collection of laws setting forth procedures by which claims may be secured against collateral used for a loan. The fees for filing these financing statements can be found below.

Effective 07/15/2003, only Financing Statements filed as a Fixture Filing will be recorded in the Register of Deeds Office.

All other Financing Statements must be filed with the NC Secretary of State. You can search UCCs and Corporation records on file with the NC Secretary of State’s web site. NC Secretary of State Website

All UCC's (Including Amendments & Terminations)(Fixture Filing)
$38.00 1 to 2 pages​
$45.00 3 to 10 pages​
$2.00 each additional
320 Chestnut Street, Suite 120 • Wilmington, NC 28401 • Phone 910-798-4530 • Fax 910-798-7751
Satellite Office: 230 Government Center Drive, Suite 185 • Wilmington, NC 28403