Register of Deeds provides records for free or minimal charge

Residents are encouraged to check with the Register of Deeds before paying a private company for real estate related documents, vital records or other public documentation.

“We are aware of a private company soliciting real estate record retrieval services through a mailer that looks like a bill charging residents exorbitant fees,” said New Hanover County Registrar of Deeds Tammy Beasley. “Most of these records can be obtained for free on our website. We are here to help residents get access to public documents like real estate information, birth certificates, marriage licenses, and more.”  Click on the following link to see a sample copy of the mailer:

The Register of Deeds serves as the custodian and manager for real estate related documents as well as vital records and DD214s of the county. By visiting the Register of Deeds website, residents can search records regarding property deeds, annexation, easements and a variety of other documentation. Payment to a private company for these types of records, vital records and any other public information is not necessary. To learn more, contact the Register of Deeds Office at 910-798-4530 or visit








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320 Chestnut Street, Suite 102 (Land Records) or Suite 120 (Vital Records) • Wilmington, NC 28401 • Phone 910-798-4530 • Fax 910-798-7751
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