Register of Deeds

Register of Deeds Reviewing Documents

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Copies of Birth, Marriage and Death Certificates
The Register of Deeds office can issue a copy of your certificate
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Marriage License Services
Learn how to apply for a marriage license
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Online Records Search
Search our online property data records

The Register of Deeds is legal custodian of and responsible for recording, indexing, storing and preserving County birth, death and marriage records, veteran discharges, notary public records, subdivision maps, condominium plans, and all land related documents (deeds, deeds of trust, agreements, etc.).

After recording, the documents are considered public record and made available to the public in compliance with NC General Statutes by which the Register of Deeds Office is governed.


NC General Statute 66-68 requires that "before any person or partnership engages in business in any county in this State under an assumed name or under any designation, name or style other than the real name of the owner or owners thereof, before any limited partnership engaged in business in any county in this State other than under the name set out in the Certificate filed with the Office of the Secretary of State or before a corporation engages in business in any county other than under its corporate name, such person, partnership, limited partnership, or corporation must file in the office of the register of deeds of such county a certificate"

The Register of Deeds acts as a recording office only. NC General Statutes prohibit the Register of Deeds or the staff from practicing law. We are unable to:

  • supply legal forms
  • provide instructions on drafting or completing forms
  • answer questions about the legal consequences of instruments filed

We advise you to consult an attorney if you have any legal questions. 

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Document Handling
All documents in the Office become public once recorded
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Assumed Name Registration
The Register of Deeds Office acts as a recording office only
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Recording Fees
View the recording fees

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Public Redaction Request
Request redaction from public records
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Register of Deeds Indexes
Search indexes through the Cabarrus County Register of Deeds
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Property Notification
Receive an alert when a filing occurs


On the path to becoming a Notary Public?

  • Complete the forms and follow the submission guidelines. The NC Secretary of State requires these.
  • When you receive the notice to be sworn in, visit the Register of Deeds.
  • The Register of Deeds will:
    • confirm your paperwork
    • collect the $10 oath fee
    • perform the oath in the office that day (no appointment is necessary)

Visit the NC Secretary of State for more information on becoming a Notary Public.

Military Discharge

The Register of Deeds files military discharges at no charge. For recordation, bring one of the following:

  • original discharge
  • military copy with raised seal

Only the appropriate person, by statute, is eligible to record or obtain a copy.

Discharges filed for 80 years or longer are considered public record. The general public may view these discharges. Discharges filed for less than 80 years are considered public record with restricted access. The general public may not view these discharges.