About the Register of Deeds
The Register of Deeds office provides a standardized, permanent record of real estate ownership and transfers in Clay County.
Our office records deeds, deeds of trust, cancellations, plats, assumed names, powers of attorney and other miscellaneous documents related to real estate. Our office also records and issues birth certificates, death certificates, marriage certificates, marriage licenses, military discharges, and maintains the records of notary public commissions.
The Register of Deeds office provides many services to the general public. We act as legal custodian of all land records and land transactions in the County. We are responsible for recording, indexing and imaging them into
permanent records. The Register's Office is governed by the General Statutes of North Carolina, the Legislature, N.C Secretary of State and the Bureau of Vital Statistics for the accuracy and safekeeping of these records.
The Register of Deeds office acts as a recording office only. North Carolina General Statutes specifically 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, or answer questions regarding the legal consequences of instruments filed. We advise you to consult an attorney if you have any legal questions.
Our mission is to record and maintain these records, and our goal is to serve every citizen in a prompt and professional manner.