Register of Deeds




April 02,2020

Due to the COVID-19 outbreak (the declaration of the CDC, local, state, and Federal Government), Effective at 5:00pm April 03, 2020 the following operational changes are necessary to protect the citizens of Davidson County, Register of Deeds staff and to the historic records from contamination. While our office will operate; the following necessary changes are as follows:

Our office is closed to the public. Customers needing certified copies of vital records must utilize our online request website then choose Government, then Register of Deeds.  Orders are processed daily and mailed out by next day.

Military Discharges or Assumed Business Name filings will need to be mail to PO Box 464 Lexington, N.C. 27293.  The filing fee for the Assumed Business Name is $26.00

Notary Oaths and Marriage License Applications will be issued by Appointment only by calling 336-242-2150. Applicants only will be allowed in the office. The Marriage Application must be completed online PRIOR  to your appointment. then choose Government, then Register of Deeds, then Marriage Kiosk.

All real estate searches should be conducted on-line by visiting visit Judgements can be checked through the Clerk of Courts office. In-person recordings will be conducted through the exterior glass entry door. All businesses are encouraged to use an E-Record system or submit by mail. Due to the Pandemic Simplifile has offered 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 are to submit their requests via fax: 336-238-2318. NO walk through requests will be accepted. Orders will be completed and mailed within 24 hours. Pick up orders will be at the glass door.

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, Register of Deeds
Michael E. Horne                                                              

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