In order to change a name on a deed, you must have a new deed prepared. If you know how to prepare a deed, you may do so. As long as the deed meets the recording requirements, we will record the deed. We cannot guarantee the legality of a document. If you are not familiar with preparing a deed, you should have an attorney prepare the deed for you. You will have to pay the recording fee of $26.00 for the first 15 pages and $4.00 a page for each page over 15. You may also need to pay a 1% Land Transfer Tax and North Carolina Excise Tax in the amount of $2.00 per thousand. These taxes are based on the sales/purchase price of the property.
Can anyone access the information contained in the office of the Register of Deeds?
Yes, most records filed in the Register of Deeds office are public records and are available to anyone. The only records with restricted access are military discharges.
Can I view a map online?
Yes. We have scanned all of our maps beginning in September 1953. The maps before that would be attached to deeds in the Deed books. On our homepage:
Go to Deed Documents
Change tab at top right to "View Images"
Change book type to map.
If the map book is a number you will enter "mb" and the number (example - mb2) for the book, you will enter the page number for the page.
If it is a plat cabinet, you will enter pc (example - pcb) and the and the number.
Then press go.
Can the Register of Deeds locate a property by address?
The Register of Deeds records are name based. You can contact the Dare County Tax Mapping Department at (252) 475-5960 to help you find the property. You can also find information on the property of interest on the Dare County GIS.
Do I file my Military Discharge with the Register of Deeds?
Yes, Military Discharges, formally known as a DD-214, are filed in the Register of Deeds office. These are restricted records and not available to the public until they have been on record for 80 years. Access to these records is authorized to the military member, the widow or widower, or someone authorized in writing. We do not accept Military Discharges through the mail. They must be presented in person. There is no fee for a certified copy of a Military Discharge.
Does your office accept electronic recordings?
Yes. We accept all documents, excluding plats and vital records. The companies we currently use are Simplifile and CSC.
How can I get a birth certificate for someone who was adopted?
I paid off my house, when will I receive the new deed?
Some people believe that you receive a new deed when your mortgage is paid off. You actually should have received your deed at the time you closed on your home or property. When you have paid off your mortgage or Deed of Trust, your lender will send us a document called a “Certificate of Satisfaction” to be recorded. Typically lenders request that we send the "Certificate of Satisfaction" back to them after recording. If you would like a copy of your deed or satisfaction, please use our online deed search option or contact our office for assistance at 252.475.5970.
What are your hours of operation?
Our office is open Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. until 5:00 p.m. If you are applying for a marriage license, we ask that you arrive no later than 4:30 p.m.
Where is your office located?
We are located in the Dare County Justice Center in Manteo, NC.
Our physical address is:
962 Marshall C. Collins Drive
Manteo, NC 27954
Who can request a copy of a birth, death or marriage certificate?
All documents filed in the Register of Deeds office are public record. Anyone may view or obtain a plain copy of these records. However, only the individual, the immediate family member, an authorized agent, or legal representative may obtain a certified copy of a vital record. These documents can be purchased in person, online, or through the mail. For more information please visit our Vital Records page or call (252) 475-5970.