Register of Deeds

In order to protect our staff and continue to provide service, all citizens will be required to WEAR A MASK for the duration of their time in the Register of Deeds office. 

Citizens are also encouraged to use the provided hand sanitizer on the wall in the foyer before and after their visit.

** NOTICE ** 

Friday, December 18, 2020

We are now open for all services with the exception of genealogy research. Our Notary Oath and Marriage License services remain by appointment only. Please call 252-636-6617 to schedule.


Friday, December 11, 2020

The Craven County Register of Deeds office will reopen on Monday, December 14th, at 9:00 for RECORDING ONLY.  Recordings may be placed in the lockbox on the table in the foyer. If you have a plat/map, after it is approved by the mapping department, you can knock on the door and we will receive it.

Anyone needing a certified vital record may order it online by clicking on APPLY FOR CERTIFIED VITAL RECORD on the left side of this page.

Anyone needing a marriage license should go to the Register of Deeds in one of our surrounding counties for that service.

We hope to reopen for all services soon.


Tuesday, December 1, 2020

The Craven County Register of Deeds office is temporarily closed until further notice due to COVID-19 exposure. Sherri Richard, Register of Deeds and her staff are working with Craven County’s Information Technology department, Courthouse Computer Systems, and eRecording partners to be able to eRecord documents remotely in the very near future. Document recording will be unavailable in Craven County until a remote eRecording process is established.

Anyone needing a marriage license or a birth certificate for someone born after 1971 should be able to obtain those items from one of Craven County’s surrounding counties.

The Craven County Register of Deeds office is working with the Craven County Health Department and the office will reopen when health and safety permit. Please visit the Register of Deeds website at for information on alternative service arrangements.

About the Register of Deeds

The Register of Deeds is an elected official and holds office for four years per elected term. The Register of Deeds is the custodian of important vital records and documents and is charged with maintaining and preserving those records for the people of Craven County. This Register of Deeds is proud to serve all citizens of Craven County.

The Register of Deeds office is now accepting credit/debit cards for most services. There will be a small fee charged by our credit card vendor of 5% with a minimum of $1.

1 Certified Copy = $10 + $1 = $11

2 Certified Copies = $20 + $1 = $21

3 Certified Copies = $30 + $1.50 = $31.50, etc...

Marriage Licenses = $60 + $3 = $63


The mission of the Craven County Register of Deeds is to record and maintain births, deaths, marriages, military service discharges, notaries, assumed names, articles of incorporation, maps, and real estate transactions with customer service second to none.

We are governed by three state agencies: the Legislature, the Secretary of State, and the Department of Vital Records. The Institute of Government advises us.

We assist surveyors, realtors, ministers, lawyers, veterans, genealogists, funeral homes, and the general public. It is our goal to serve every citizen in a prompt manner, with a professional, and congenial attitude.

Recording Cut-Off Time

Craven County Register of Deeds Office has a recording cut-off time of 4:30 p.m. for all documents.

Plat Sizes Accepted

18 X 24

24 X 36

Legal Disclaimer

This public information data is furnished by the Craven County Register of Deeds Office, and it must be accepted and used by the recipient with the understanding that the Craven County Register of Deeds Office makes no warranties, express or implied, concerning the accuracy, completeness, reliability, or suitability of this data. Furthermore, the Craven County Register of Deeds Office assumes no responsibility or liability whatsoever associated with the use or misuse of this data. While we have attempted to preserve the accuracy of this online version, these records are not official and the Craven County Register of Deeds will not be responsible for any inaccuracies that may be encountered. Only the Official Public Records provided in the office shall be referenced as the Official Public Records.