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Register of Deeds

Joe Hamilton, Register of Deeds

Register of Deeds - Contact Email: deeds@jacksonnc.org

Office Hours:
Monday through Friday - 8:00am until 5:00pm   

Marriage License:

The Register of Deeds is the manager and custodian of a large number of public records. Records archived in our office include real estate transactions, vital records (Jackson County births and deaths) and marriage licenses issued in Jackson County. We proudly serve our military by recording their DD214 military discharge forms and issuing certified copies to them free of charge. 

It is the mission of Jackson County Register of Deeds to record, preserve and provide access to the real estate and vital records in an efficient manner, according to NC General Statutes. The care, maintenance and access to these records are governed by law. Our staff is committed to providing courteous, efficient and professional service to our customers.

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Document Recording Requirements

NOTE: This office does not prepare any documents; we are record keepers only. We do not provide any forms. We do not change any information on any document. All recordings must meet requirements as stated below.

Documents recorded on or after July 1, 2002 must meet GS 161-14(b) as follows:
  • Original must be presented on 8 ½ x 11” or 8 ½ x 14” paper.
  • Have a 3 inch blank margin at the top of the first page and ½ inch blank margin on remaining sides of first page and on all sides of subsequent pages.
  • Black type on white paper with font no smaller than 10 points in size.
  • Only one sided typed or printed text.
  • Type of instrument at top of first page below blank margin.

  • Filing a non-standard document that does not meet the above requirements will be subject to a $25.00 non-standard fee in addition to regular recording fees for any instrument presented for registration.

    State excise tax (revenue) is required to be paid on deed transactions conveying an interest. This tax is calculated at $2 per $1000 of the sales price.

    • Effective March 7, 2011: All deeds must be presented to the Tax Collector’s Office for certification of no delinquent property taxes. The collector’s office requests Parcel Identification Numbers (PIN) for timely processing.

    Jackson County Land Records requirements for deeds, per GS 105-303A & GS 105-317.2:

    Deeds presented to land records for approval must contain the following:
  • Name and address of preparer (must be an individual's name or law firm's name - and must be on the first page of the document)
  • Name and address of each grantor and each grantee
  • Property description sufficient to identify parcel to be transferred:
  • --metes and bounds description OR Plat cabinet and slide reference
  • --back deed references of the grantor
  • A statement whether the property includes the primary residence of a grantor

  • New per NC General statutes as of January 2010:
    • Deeds involving property splits must either refer to a recorded survey showing the split, or have signature of approval from the Jackson County Planning Department.

    PLATS
    Plats, or surveys, are recorded in the Register of Deeds office. Plat sizes can be 18” by 24” or 24” by 36”. After proper approvals from the Jackson County Planning Department (phone: 828-631-2284) and the Jackson County Land Records (phone: 828-586-7539), a Mylar copy and one paper copy is filed in the Register of Deeds Office. The cost to record a plat is $21.00. Copies of survey plats can be obtained for $2.00 in our office. All plats that are on record in our office are now on-line, and can be viewed and copied from outside the office at no charge. Please contact the Register of Deeds office at 828-586-7530 for additional information.

    SATISFACTIONS
  • There are several ways to satisfy a deed of trust:
  • The original Note and the original Deed of Trust both must be signed and dated by the beneficiary, or beneficiaries. Then both documents presented to us. NOTE: Effective October 1, 2011, this method will no longer be in effect, per Session Law 2011-246 (H-312).
  • The trustee can complete a “Trustee’s Satisfaction of Deed of Trust” form. (See GS 45-26.20 & 45-36.21)
  • The secured creditor can complete a “Satisfaction of Security Instrument” form. (See GS 45-36.10 & GS 45-36.11)
  • Borrower’s attorney can prepare and record “Affidavit of Satisfaction” when secured creditor fails to provide satisfaction. (See GS 45-36.14 thru 45-36.19)

    There is no charge for Satisfactions of Mortgages and Deeds of Trust.

    VITAL RECORDS

    BIRTHS/DEATHS
    Our office files all birth/death records of only those persons born/deceased in Jackson County, North Carolina. Our birth/death records date back to 1913; however we do have some Delayed Birth records dated back to the mid 1800’s.

    According to N.C. law, only the following persons can obtain a certified copy:
  • Yourself
  • Spouse
  • Brother/sister
  • Child/grandchild
  • Parent/grandparent

  • The law also allows anyone seeking information for legal determination of personal or property right or someone authorized as a agent, attorney, or legal representative of the person whom the certificate is being requested.

    You may come by our office, or submit a written request by printing and filling out the form below. We cannot complete requests online or by email. You do not need an appointment. Certified copies are $10.00 each. Acceptable methods of payment: cash, credit/debit cards, money order, certified check. We do not accept personal checks.

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    MARRIAGE

    Requirements for a marriage license are as follows:
  • Marriage License Fee: $60.00 (We do accept cash, money orders, debit/credit cards, certified check). We do not accept personal checks.
  • Certificate of Marriage, after license has been completed and returned are $10.00 each.
  • There is no waiting period to be married in North Carolina, but the license is only good for 60 days from the date of issue.
  • No blood tests or physicals are required.
  • The license is valid in any county in North Carolina as long as it is returned to the Register of Deeds in the county in which it was issued. Failure to do so subjects the person performing the ceremony to a $200.00 fine.
  • Both parties must appear and both must present a valid state or federal issued photo ID: such as a driver’s license, passport, or military ID.
  • Both parties must also have proof of their social security number using one of the following: original social security card, W-2 form, paycheck stub, health insurance card, military discharge, or Medicaid/Medicare card. It must include your full name and complete social security number.
  • If a social security number has never been issued or the applicant is not eligible for a number, the applicant will be required to present a completed affidavit, signed and notarized, at the time of applying for the marriage license. This affidavit form is available in the Register of Deeds office.
  • If either party has been married before, please know the month and year when the last marriage ended, whether by divorce or death or annulment. If marriage ended within last year, please bring a copy of the judgment or death record.

  • Please contact our office for more information on Underage Marriage Requirements: 828-586-7530.

    NEW FEE SCHEDULE - EFFECTIVE OCTOBER 1, 2011

    Deed of Trust                    $56.00 for the first 15 pages
                                             $4.00 for each additional page
    All other documents         $26.00 for the first 15 pages
                                             $4.00 for each additional page

    UCC & Plat recording fees will remain the same.
    Additional subsequent instrument index reference, - $25.00 each

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