General Information

The Register of Deeds office provides a standardized, permanent record of real estate ownership and transfers in Johnston County. Our office records deeds, deeds of trust, cancellations, plats, assumed names, powers of attorney and other miscellaneous documents related to real estate. Our office also records and issues birth certificates, death certificates, marriage certificates, marriage licenses, military discharges, and maintains the records of notary public commissions.


Charges will apply when ordering vital records or filing assumed names. Please note the information below:

        • Requests will be managed on a first-come, first-served basis.
        • There are no refunds.
        • Requests for information can be completed online and will be processed on normal business days during normal business hours (Monday-Friday 8:00 AM-5:00 PM).
        • For requests submitted after 4 pm, the earliest that a request can be processed and sent is the next business day.


Please note: If you choose to pick up your records in person, rather than have them sent via mail, you will be required to present a valid state issued identification proving you are 18 years or older. In addition, you may elect to have your record(s) order picked up by the following persons:

        • Spouse
        • Brother/Sister
        • Child/Step-Child/Grandchild
        • Parent/Step-parent
        • Grandparent
        • Authorized agent, attorney or Legal Representative (Proof Required at time of pickup)


Click the appropriate link button to request information.

All requests will be checked for accuracy. Any inaccurate information may result in your record not being processed. All communication with regard to your order, payment, our progress, and the records delivery will be sent via email.


The Register of Deeds office acts as a recording office only. North Carolina General Statutes specifically prohibit the Register of Deeds or the staff from practicing law. We are unable to supply legal forms, provide instructions on drafting or completing forms, or answer questions regarding the legal consequences of instruments filed. We advise you to consult an attorney if you have any legal questions.

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The Following Vital Records May Be Requested Online:

Certified Birth Certificate $10.00 ea
Uncertified Birth Certificate $1.00 ea
Delayed Birth Certificate Application $10.00 ea
Certified Marriage Certificate $10.00 ea
Uncertified Marriage Certificate $1.00 ea
Marriage License Corrections $10.00 ea
Certified Death Certificate $10.00 ea
Uncertified Death Certificate $1.00 ea


Information Related to NC General Statutes 130A-93 and 130A-26A:

NC General Statute 130A-26A It is a felony violation to fraudulently request a certified copy of a vital record or obtain, possess, sell, furnish, use, or attempt to use for any purpose of deception a North Carolina Vital Record.
NC General Statute 130A-93 This statute specifies who is entitled to obtain a certified copy of a North Carolina Vital Record. Those entitled to obtain a certified copy are as follows: yourself, spouse, brother / sister, child / step-child, parent / step-parent, grandparent, grandchild, authorized agent, attorney or other legal representative (proof required).


For More Information, Contact:

Register of Deeds
Johnston County
207 Johnston Street
Suite 209
Smithfield, NC 27577
phone: 919-989-5161

For questions about your vital records:

Email: Vital Records Team
Phone: 919-989-5161


For Technical Support, Contact:

Permitium Software
Phone: (855) 642-2453

Business Hours
Monday - Friday
8:00 AM - 5:00 PM