Craig Olive, Johnston County Register of Deeds, releases facts and figures generated by his office for the calendar year 2020.

Even while dealing in procedure changes related to COVID-19, revenue collected by the Register of Deeds office increased for 2020 as compared to 2019.  In 2020, the office collected a total of $6,334,512.97 as compared to $5,276,118.00 for 2019.  That’s an increase of 20.1%. 

The office saw a large increase in the number of marriage licenses they issued.  In 2020, the office issued 1,439 as compared to 1,176 licenses issued in 2019.  That constituted an increase of 25.3%. 

Births and deaths stayed comparable to 2019 with 1,697 births and 1,491 deaths in Johnston County in 2020.  2019 reflected 1,770 births and 1,365 deaths.

Another major increase for 2020 was the number of documents recorded electronically.  The office received 81% of the documents to be recorded via electronic means in 2020.  This reflects the largest amount of documents electronically recorded by the office since they began electronic recordings in 2007.  The past several years the office recorded approximately 66-72% of their documents electronically.

 “My staff takes pride in serving our county as evidence by steadily and consistently working during these difficult times.  They had to deal with policy and procedure changes but never wavered in their commitment to Johnston County,” stated Olive.  “I am thankful for them and honored to work alongside each of them as we serve our community.”

The Johnston County Register of Deeds is to be open to the public and will continue to serve the public by providing the services needed by the residents of Johnston County.  The office handles real estate recordings, issuance of vital records, and Notary Public oaths.  Anyone with questions regarding the services provided by the Johnston County Register of Deeds office is encouraged to contact their office at 919-989-5160.


Office Hours
Monday-Friday: 8am-5pm


Marriage Licenses (By appointment only)
Appointment Times:
Monday-Friday: 8am-4:30pm

Vital Records Phone #

Real Estate Phone #

Passports (By appointment only)
Appointment Times:
Monday-Friday: 8:30am-4pm
We are located at:
207 East Johnston St. Suite 209
Smithfield, NC 27577