Q: Can I get information on an estate, will, or divorce decree in your office?
A: No, that information is in the Clerk of Superior Court.
Q: Are all records in your office public?
A: Yes, all records are public.
Q: What are the fees for recording documents?
A: Deeds of Trust and Mortgages:
$64.00 first 35 pages
$4.00 ea. add’l page
All Instruments EXCEPT Deeds of Trust, Satisfactions, UCC, Plats, & Right of Way Plans:
$26.00 first 15 pages
$4.00 ea. add’l page
Q: Can the Register of Deeds add or delete names from a deed?
A: No. A deed is a legal document establishing property ownership. The Register of Deeds and staff are prohibited by the state of North Carolina from practicing law.
Q: If I was born in another county, can I get a Birth Certificate in Johnston County?
A: Yes, as long as you were born after 1971 in NC and you were NOT adopted. The fee for out of county births is $24.00 for the first copy, $15.00 for each additional copy.
Q: What if I was adopted?
A: All adoptions are held in the State Office of Vital Records in Raleigh.
Q: What is the charge to obtain a Birth Certificate?
A: All certified copies are $10.00 each. Uncertified copies are $.10 each.
Q: How do I know that my sensitive information is protected?
A: You may request that your sensitive information, such as a Social Security number be removed from documents displayed online. According to NC General Statute, you must notify the Register of Deeds office if you wish for your information to be redacted. Click here for more information, and to download the redaction form.
Q: How do I get a copy of my loved one's Death Certificate?
A: If a person died in Johnston County, our office has it on file.
Q: Will I find my loved one's Death Certificate in Johnston County if they died outside of Johnston County?
A: No. All Death Certificates are registered in the County and State in which the deceased died.
Q: What is the charge to obtain a Death Certificate?
A: All certified copies are $10.00. Uncertified copies are $.10. **Military gets one free copy**
Q: How much are marriage licenses?
A: $60.00 (cash or credit)
Q: What do I need to bring to obtain a marriage license?
A: Both of the applicants must appear in our office, along with a valid Government issued photo ID and Social Security card. If you are not eligible for a Social Security card you may sign an affidavit.
Q: How do I apply for a Marriage license?
A: You may visit the Register of Deeds office or you may fill out the application Online.
Q: How long is my marriage license valid?
A: Licenses are valid for 60 days.
Q: Do we have to get married in Johnston County?
A: No, you can get married in any county in North Carolina.
Q: Is this where I get my Notary Public certificate?
A: Yes, you get your certificate here after you take your oath. All information is sent to our office directly from the Secretary of State.
Q: What is the charge for filing my Military Discharge?
A: There is no charge.
Q: Are Military Discharges made available to the public?
A: No. Discharges are not available for public viewing.
Q: Is there a fee for getting a certified copy of my military discharge?
A: No, there is no fee for a certified copy.
Q: What do I need to bring to get a certified copy of a birth, death, or marriage certificate?
A: You will need to bring a valid photo ID. In addition only you, your spouse, brother/sister, child/grandchild, parent/step-parent, grandparent, or an authorized agent, attorney or legal representative of any of the above persons listed will be allowed to obtain a certified copy of any vital record
Marriage Licenses are issued:
Passports (By appointment only)
We are located at:
207 East Johnston St. Suite 209
Smithfield, NC 27577