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)
Appointment Times:
Monday-Friday: 8:30am-4pm

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


2019 Shred Event a Success!

ANNUAL SHRED EVENT Craig Olive, Johnston County Register of Deeds, recently spent a Saturday assisting the citizens of Johnston County at his annual Shred Event. Boxes and bags filled with sensiti ... READ MORE

Our 2019 Shred Event!

We are having our Free Public Shred Event on April 6, 2019 from 10am - 1pm! The event will be located in the Carlie C's Parking Lot located at 721 N Brightleaf Blvd Smithfield, NC 27577. This is a fre ... READ MORE

Preserving Records for Future Generations

January 10, 2018 Craig Olive, Johnston County Register of Deeds, is on a mission to save history, one page at a time. The Register of Deeds office recently completed a project to restore and preser ... READ MORE