Frequently Asked Questions

GENERAL

[expand title=”What are your hours of operation?“]

8:30 am until 5:00 pm Monday-Friday, except for county observed Holidays and closings

Marriage Licenses – issued from 8:30 am until 4:30 pm.[/expand]

[expand title=”Where are you located?”]

119 Justice Drive, Suite 9, Winton, NC 27986. We are on the third floor of the Hertford County Courthouse.[/expand]

[expand title=”What types of payment are accepted?”]

Cash, checks and money orders are accepted by mail. Checks or money orders should be payable to the Hertford County Register of Deeds. Please make sure a valid telephone number is listed. Credit/debit cards are accepted for electronicon-line vital records requests only.[/expand]

 

REAL ESTATE

[expand title=”How can I obtain a copy of my deed”]

By coming into our office, or searching online documents.   Older indexes and images may not be available electronically.[/expand]

[expand title=”Can you tell me if there is a lien is on my property?”]

No. If property was used to borrow money there should be a deed of trust recorded in this office.[/expand]

[expand title=”Can I obtain a copy of a map or plat of my property?”]

Only if it has been surveyed and recorded.[/expand]

[expand title=”Can I request copies of documents by fax or on-line?”]

There is a fee for this service, $1.00 for the first page and $.25 for each additional page.We do not accept credit cards.[/expand]

[expand title=”Does your office perform title searches?”]

No, the North Carolina General Statutes prohibits Register of Deeds staff from performing title searches. An individual or their legal representative may perform the search.[/expand]

[expand title=”Does your office accept Electronic Recordings?”]

No, not at this time.[/expand]

[expand title=”Can you make changes to my Deed?”]

A deed is a legal document which establishes the ownership of property. Changes cannot be made by this office. A new deed will need to be prepared. Our recommendation is to see an attorney.[/expand]

[expand title=”Can the Register of Deeds office tell me who owns property by an address?”]

No, our records are found by indexed names, not location. Contact Land Records Mapping Department at 252-358-7809.[/expand]

[expand title=”Can I get information on an estate, will , or divorce decree in this office?”]

No, you will need to contact the Clerk of Superior Court at 252-358-7100.[/expand]

[expand title=”How do I register a Business Name?”]

Assumed Name forms are recorded in this office. Contact Business Link North Carolina, a free service of the NC Department of Commerce at http://www.blnc.gov/ or call 1-800-228-8443 for business information and resources.[/expand]

[expand title=”How can I replace my original deed that is lost or misplaced?”]

The Register of Deeds is authorized by law to issue a certified copy of any document recorded in the public registry. There is a $5.00 fee for the first page, and $2.00 for each addition page.[/expand]

 

VITAL RECORDS  (Birth, Deaths and Marriages)

[expand title=”Can I request my certificate by fax or on-line?”]

We do not accept faxed requests. Requests can be in person or electronically using Get Certificate Now, our on-line vital records program.[/expand]

[expand title=”If I was born in another county or state can I get my certificate from your office?”]

No, we only have Hertford County birth, death and marriage license records.[/expand]

[expand title=”Do you accept credit cards?”]

Only if you are requesting a vital record on-line through Get Certificate Now.[/expand]

[expand title=”Can anybody look up my information (birth, death and marriage)?”]

Yes.  All of the records in this office are open to the public except military discharges.[/expand]

[expand title=”Can I view birth, death and marriage certificates on line?”]

No.  These can be viewed in the office only.[/expand]

[expand title=”What is the charge for a certified birth, death or marriage certificate?”]

All certified copies (on certificate paper, with original official signature and raised seal) are $10.00. Uncertified copies are $.25 each.[/expand]

[expand title=”What do I need to bring to get a certified copy of a birth, death, or marriage certificate?”]

You will need to bring a valid government issued photo ID (such as a drivers license) and $10.00 cash, check or money order. Credit cards are not accepted in the office.[/expand]

[expand title=”Can anyone pick up a certified copy of my birth, death or marriage certificate?”]

No. 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.[/expand]

[expand title=”What do I need to get a license to be married?”]

Both parties to the marriage should arrive at the office by 4:30 pm, Monday – Friday to apply for the license.

Bring a valid government issued photo ID (such as a drivers license, passport, or military ID).Bring a social security card, or proof of a social security number. If you are not eligible for a Social Security card, you may sign an affidavit.

Bring a birth certificate if you are under 20 years of age.

Bring proof of how previous marriage ended if less than 1 year.

The license is only valid for sixty (60) days.

You will need $60 in cash, check or money order.

(Click here for Worksheet For Preparation of Marriage License Form)[/expand]

[expand title=”Can I purchase my marriage license in Hertford County, but get married in another county in North Carolina?”]

A license can be issued in any county and the marriage can occur anywhere in North Carolina. The license must be returned to the county it was issued and certified copies can only be obtained from the same county.[/expand]

[expand title=”Does the Register of Deeds marry couples once a license is received?”]

No. You may contact the Magistrate’s office at 252-358-7800, which is located at the Hertford County Sheriff’s Department, 701 N. Taylor Street, Winton, NC.   The magistrate requires a photo ID for the couple, along with 2 witnesses. The fee is $20.00[/expand]

[expand title=”How can I obtain a copy of my marriage certificate?”]

You may request a copy in person, by mail, or on-line. Copies are available upon the return of the original marriage license at a fee of $10.00 each. A certified copy is needed for a name change on your driver’s license and your Social Security card.[/expand]

[expand title=”What is the process for receiving my Notary Public appointment?”]

When the Secretary of State approves your notary commission or notary reappointment you will receive notification instructing you to appear in the Register of Deeds office to take your oath of office. All information is sent to our office directly from the Secretary of State. No appointment is necessary. The fee is $10.00, payable in cash, check or money order. All Notary Public forms and other information is available on the Secretary of State’s website at www.secretary.state.nc.us/notary.[/expand]

[expand title=”What is the charge for filing my Military Discharge?”]

None, this is a free service for veterans.[/expand]

[expand title=”Are Military Discharges public information?”]

No. Military Discharges are not available for public viewing.[/expand]

[expand title=”Is there a fee for a certified copy of my Military Discharge?”]

No. Veterans can also receive a free certified copy.[/expand]