Register of Deeds


March 19,2020

Due to the COVID-19 outbreak (the declaration of the CDC, local, state, and Federal Government), Effective immediately I am implementing temporary operational changes to keep the citizens of Davidson County and Register of Deeds staff safe. While our office will operate under normal business hours; changes and suggested procedures are as follows:

We strongly recommend customers who are needing certified copies of vital records to utilize our online request website .  Orders are processed daily and mailed out by next day. If you must come into the office to request vital records, we ask that you come between 10:00 am and 2:00 pm. ONLY the requesting party should come in.

Those needing to file a Military Discharge, Assumed Name or take their Notary Oath will need to make an appointment and can do so by calling 336-242-2150.

Marriage License Applications will be issued by Appointment ONLY by calling 336-242-2150.Only the Applicants will be allowed in the office. The Application is available online to submit prior to your appointment.

We encourage all businesses to use an E-Record system.  Due to the Pandemic Simplifile is offering to waive the annual fee for online e-recording to stop foot traffic.  If interested, please contact them @     1-800-460-5657 for all details.

Funeral Homes should submit their requests via fax:336-238-2318. Walk through requests should only be under Urgent circumstances.

We strongly urge citizens seeking to search our real estate records and/or order certified copies of these documents to visit to do so.

Should one of our staff members tests positive, our entire office will have to be quarantined resulting in the complete shutdown of our office. We must take immediate action to prevent this from occurring.

Please call 336-242-2150 if you have any questions and of course; if you are sick we ask that you please do not visit our office.

Michael E. Horne                                                                   Michael E. Horne, Register of Deeds

Welcome to the Davidson County, NC Register of Deeds website. Our mission is to record, preserve, and maintain access to real estate, vital records, military service records, and also administering the Notary Oath in an efficient manner in accordance to North Carolina General Statutes. We provide citizens with professional customer service and  free access to  public records through user-friendly  technology. We continue to look for productive ways to serve all citizens. We welcome your comments & suggestions.


  • Available staff to assist with Spanish translation
  • Superior customer service
  • Public computer lab for legal searches
  • Self-serve kiosks computers
  • For counter visits-same day document recording & vital return

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Office hours are Monday to Friday 8am-5pm (except county holidays)
We accept cash or checks only.  No debit or credit cards accepted.

Starting March 1, 2019, the Davidson County Tax Department will be implementing the Tax Certification requirements per North Carolina General Statute §161-131 and the resolution adopted by the Davidson County Board of Commissioners on August 14, 2018. This Resolution states that the Register of Deeds will no longer accept any deed transferring real property for registration unless the Davidson County Tax Administrator’s Office has certified that there are no delinquent ad valorem taxes, or other taxes with which the Tax Administrator is charged with collecting, are a lien on the property described on the deed OR if a deed is submitted for registration under the supervision of a closing attorney and contains this statement on the deed: 

"This instrument prepared by: _______________, a licensed North Carolina attorney. Delinquent taxes, if any, to be paid by the closing attorney to the county tax collector upon disbursement of closing proceeds."

Steps are being taken to make this transition as easy as possible. Forms and links will be available on the Davidson County website and additional information will be released as to the process of this implementation. We ask, however, that you submit requests as soon as possible as the completion of the certificate may take up to two (2) business days. Provided is the link below to test the process prior to March 1, 2019.


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*It is recommended when doing Title Searches, when looking for Satisfactions you look under doc type Release