302 Courthouse Square, Beaufort Joy Lawrence,
Beaufort, North Carolina 28516 Register of Deeds
The Register of Deeds Office is located in the Administration Building at Courthouse Square in Beaufort, North Carolina. The office hours are 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Monday through Friday excluding holidays.
The mission of the Register of Deeds is to act as legal custodian of all land titles and all land transaction documents in Carteret County. As legal custodian of land transactions and other miscellaneous documents, the Register of Deeds Office files and records deeds, deeds of trust, Uniform Commercial Codes (UCCS), corporations, assumed names, military records, and other legal papers; registers delayed birth records and issues marriage licenses; issues certified copies of vital records such as births, deaths and marriages; administers the oath to Notaries Public. The Register of Deeds has the responsibility and liability for canceling deeds of trust and mortgages, and indexing and cross indexing all documents filed.
All official records are public records and may be viewed or copied for anyone. The public can find documents at the Carteret County Register of Deeds in the vault area.
Once a documents book and page are assigned, the public can view the actual documents and/or make paper copies. If you need help obtaining a copy of a recorded document, clerks are available to assist you.
Various county and state related forms including Register of Deeds forms may be found
Certified copies of birth, death and marriage certificates may be obtained from the Vital Records Department located in the vault. Only those births, deaths and marriages that occur in Carteret County are available at this office.
Your drivers license or state issued picture ID is required to receive a certified copy. The fee is $10.00.
For information on delayed birth certificates, legitimations, and amendments, please contact the Vital Records Office at (252) 728-8474.
Requirements for Marriage License in Carteret County
Fee: $60.00 Cash Only
All applicants must provide identification:
If you are 22 years of age or older acceptable identification would include:
- Certified copy of Birth Certificate (this must be accompanied by a drivers license or picture I.D.)
- Military ID Card
- Drivers License
If you are between the ages of 18 and 22 you must provide both of the following:
- Certified Copy of Birth Certificate
- Drivers License or Picture I.D.
All applicants must provide their Social Security cards. If you do not have a card, a pay stub or W-2 Form may be used. If you have not been assigned a number, an affidavit must be completed.
All applicants under 18 should contact the Register of Deeds Office at 252-728-8474 before applying.
Divorced applicants must provide the month and year of last divorce.
There is no waiting period after the license is issued, however it must be
used within 60 days or you will have to apply for another one.
Copies of your Marriage License may be acquired at our office in person or by mail at Register of Deeds, Courthouse Square, Beaufort, NC 28516. Certified copies are $10.00.