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Durham County, North Carolina

Recorder Offices

Durham County Register of Deeds

Old Courthouse - 200 E Main St, ground floor, Durham, North Carolina 27701

8:30 to 5:00 M-F / Recording until 4:45

Phone: (919) 560-0480

Register of Deeds

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North Carolina - Durham County Recorder Information

The register of deeds is responsible for recording and maintaining records related to real property in Durham County.

Recording Fees

If an instrument does not meet the requirements, the Register of Deeds will charge the $25 non-standard fee. However, if an instrument fails to meet the font size requirements, but is determined by the Register to be legible, it may be recorded without the non-standard fee.

To record a deed, the fee is $26 for the first fifteen pages and $4 for each additional page.

A deed of trust or mortgage is $64 for up to 35 pages and $4 for each additional page.

Multiple instruments in one document will be $10 each.

Additional subsequent instrument index references are $25.

The current North Carolina excise tax stamps are $1 per $500 or fraction thereof of the value of the property conveyed. It is the duty of the person presenting the instrument to report the correct amount of tax due.

Cash or checks are acceptable methods of payment. A self-addressed stamped envelope should accompany documents.

Document Formatting Requirements

* Submit documents on 8.5 x 11 inch white paper or 8.5 x 14 inch white paper.

* At the top of the first page, include a blank 3-inch top margin. All other margins should be at least 1/2 of an inch.

* Immediately below the 3 inch top margin, include a document title.

* Black type, in a minimum font size of 9 point, on white paper is required. Blanks in an instrument may be completed in pen. Printing should be one-sided only.

* The grantor must sign the document and must have his/her signature notarized.

* On the first page, provide the name and address of the person who drafted the instrument.

* The grantee's name and address must appear on the deed for tax billing purposes.

* Under the new indexing standards (to take effect July 1, 2012), names will be entered into the database as they appear on the document.

* A legal description of the real property must be included. Legal descriptions can be obtained from the Durham County Tax Administration website or from a deed. Real Estate Deeds

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