Register of Deeds Operational Changes Due to Coronavirus (COVID-19)

The Beaufort County Register of Deeds is operating according to a phased reopening plan.

Currently:
  • E-Recording is functioning as normal.
  • A drop-off box is available outside the Register of Deeds office for documents needing to be recorded.
Beginning June 1:
  • The records room and public terminals will open from 8:30am-4:30pm, M-F by appointment only.
  • A maximum of five people will be allowed at a time in three two-and-one-half-hour blocks, as follows:
    • 8:30am - 11:00am
    • 11:15am - 1:45pm
    • 2:00pm - 4:30pm
  • Masks must be worn.
  • Two different doors will be open to allow ingress & egress of the Records Room.
  • The Records Room will close at 4:30pm daily to allow staff time to disinfect.
Beginning June 15:
  • The office will reopen to citizens.
  • Two citizens will be allowed at the counter at a time.
  • A maximum of five people will be allowed at a time in four two-hour blocks. 
  • Masks will continue to be worn.

Register of Deeds

DSC_0307.jpg  Dale Butts, Beaufort County Register of Deeds (2007-Current)

 

Our Mission...

To accurately record documents that maintain the integrity of the records of Beaufort County, securely collect the proper fees, and provide an effective means for the public to access those records.

 

  ** WE RESERVE THE RIGHT TO REFUSE ANY DOCUMENTS THAT WE DEEM UNRELATED TO BEAUFORT COUNTY REAL ESTATE OR COMPROMISING TO THE INTEGRITY OF THE RECORDS** 

 

Core Functions

The Beaufort County Register of Deeds provides the following public services:

  1. Record, Index, and Image the following documents:
    • Land Transactions to include Deeds, Mortgages, Plats, Mechanics Liens, Tax Liens, Financing Statements (UCCs), and directly related documents which establish ownership and/or interest in real property.
    • Powers of Attorney
    • Trusts
    • Death Certificates
    • Military Discharges (DD-214) - These Docs Sealed from Public Access.
    • Notice of Formation or Dissolution of Partnerships
    • Bonds for Public Officials
  2. Provide related services, such as:
    • Maintain searchable documents on-line.
    • Assist customers in retrieving needed documents.
    • Serve on County's Forfeited Land Commission (Registrar only).
  3. Ensure that original documents are returned to their rightful owners after processing.
  4. Collect all taxes and fees for filings and services as required by law. Maintain accountability for collected monies through application of sound accounting principles. Distribute collected funds accurately and on a timely basis.
  5. There is a fee to obtain copies of documents: $5.00(minimum) per request; .50/page for copies; $1.00 to Certify a document; Mailing is dependent on current postage rate.
  6. DOCUMENT REQUESTS are not performed over phone.
    Email your request, along with the book/page needed to: pbaxley@bcgov.net
    We do not perform actual searches. Please contact your Attorney.