Welcome to the Register of Deeds

About Us

The Register of Deeds Office provides numerous services to the professional
community and to the general public. The Register of Deeds Office is provided
for in the General Statutes of North Carolina, and performs procedures and services in accordance with the General Statutes of North Carolina. These services include, but are not limited to: 

  • Recording instruments pertaining to real estate transactions and maps.
  • Issuing marriage licenses. 
  • Certifying documents. 
  • Administering Notary oaths. 
  • Filing financing statements and other personal property records under the Uniform Commercial Code (UCC). 
  • Serving as custodian of births, deaths and marriages occurring in Johnston County. 
  • Serving as custodian for other miscellaneous legal records such as Power of Attorneys, separation agreements, and business names.

The Register of Deeds serves as custodian and manager of a large number of public records. Registers of Deeds are elected to four-year terms by the citizens of the County the Registrar serves. By law, the Register of Deeds is charged with the integrity, completeness, accuracy, and safekeeping of these public records. It is the mission of the Johnston County Register of Deeds to preserve the integrity of the records and to make them accessible to you.


The Johnston County Register of Deeds Office has real estate records dating back to the mid-1700s. Marriage bonds are available from 1760, and marriage records from 1894. Birth and death records are available from 1913. All records can be searched through hard copy indexes located in the Register of Deeds Office on the second floor of the Johnston County Courthouse in Smithfield. Some records are available through research terminals in the office.

 

Office Hours
Monday-Friday: 8am-5pm

Marriage Licenses are issued:
Monday-Friday: 8am-4:30pm

Passports (By appointment only)
919-209-8327
Appointment Times:
Monday-Friday: 8:30am-4pm

We are located at:
207 East Johnston St. Suite 209
Smithfield, NC 27577

News

ID Theft

Identity Theft is a growing crime here in North Carolina, as well as in our country. We live in a world where individuals’ personal information is easily accessible for anyone to steal. As an advocate ... READ MORE


2017 Shred Event

As an ongoing effort to help the citizens of Johnston County from Identity Theft, Craig Olive and the Johnston County Register of Deeds office, is organizing a “Public Shred” Event. Identity Theft is ... READ MORE


Automation of Death Certificates

Pictured back row (Left to Right): Emily Reid, Johnston County Health Department Assistant Deputy Registrar; Craig Olive, Johnston County Register of Deeds; Jeff Wilson, Johnston County Computer ... READ MORE