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Chesterfield County Clerk of Court
200 West Main St., Chesterfield, South Carolina 29709
8:30 to 5:00 M-F
Phone: (843) 623-2574
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Chesterfield County South Carolina Register of Deeds

Chesterfield County Recorder Information

The recorder in Chesterfield County is responsible for recording and maintaining records related to real property situated in the County.

Recording Fees

To record a deed in Chesterfield County, South Carolina, the fee is $10 for the first four pages and $1 for each additional page.

For information regarding recording fees or taxes due upon recording, contact the Chesterfield County Clerk of Court at 843-623-2574.
Document Formatting Requirements
All instruments conveying an interest in real property located in Chesterfield County, South Carolina must be recorded in the county’s Register of Deeds office in order to be valid. The Register of Deeds is part of the clerk of courts. The proper recording of a document provides notice to subsequent purchasers and also establishes a priority of claims against the property in question. Original documents will be mailed back to the proper party within one to two weeks from the date of recording.


All deeds, conveyances, and instruments that are required by law to be recorded, are valid so as to affect the rights of subsequent creditors or purchasers for valuable consideration without notice, only from the time they are recorded in the proper county. In the case of a subsequent purchaser of real estate, or in the case of a subsequent lien creditor on real estate for valuable consideration without notice, the instrument evidencing the subsequent conveyance or lien must be filed for record in order for its holder to claim as a subsequent creditor or purchaser for value without notice, and the priority is determined by time of filing.

No possession of real property described in any instrument of writing required by law to be recorded shall operate as notice of such instrument. Actual notice will be deemed and held sufficient to supply the place of registration only when such notice is of the instrument itself or of its nature and purport.


Submit original documents to be recorded.

In order to be recorded, an instrument must be acknowledged or proved according to law. An instrument can be 1) acknowledged or proved by the affidavit of a subscribing witness to the instrument, taken before an officer in the state who is authorized to administer oaths; or 2) signed and acknowledged by the grantor in the presence of two witnesses, taken before an officer in the state who is authorized to administer oaths.

The mailing address of the grantee must be included in the instrument.

All deeds conveying an interest in land must include a derivation clause with the property description. When the grantor’s title was acquired by deed, the derivation clause must include the name of the grantor and the recording date of that deed.
When the deed from which the grantor derives title has been simultaneously executed and delivered, and has not yet been recorded, it is sufficient to set forth in the deed the name of the grantor of the deed of derivation and the date it is to be recorded. When the grantor’s title was obtained by inheritance, the derivation clause must include the name of the person from whom the title was acquired, the approximate date of acquisition and in the case of property acquired under a probated will or administered estate, the probate court in which the estate was filed.

A derivation clause is not required for a deed devoted to a railroad or utility purpose, and is also not needed on a quitclaim deed or non-warranty deed.

The clerk of court will not record a deed or mortgage unless it contains a derivation clause as required; provided, however a deed or mortgage may be recorded without such clause upon a showing that is satisfactory to the clerk of court that the necessary information for the derivation clause was not available.

Before a deed conveying real property, including timber deeds, timber leases, and contracts of conveyance of timber can be recorded, it must be endorsed by the county auditor that it has been entered of record in his office.

When any deed conveying or creating an interest in real property refers to the boundaries, metes, courses, or distances of such real estate delineated, the deed should state the office, book, and page of the recording of such plat or blueprint.

When any real property used as a hazardous waste storage or disposal facility permitted by the South Carolina Code of Laws is sold, conveyed, leased, or transferred in any manner, the deed or instrument of transfer should contain the following phrase in the legal description, in the same size type as the rest of the instrument: “The real property conveyed or transferred by this instrument has previously been used as a storage or disposal facility for hazardous wastes.”

Any conveyance of property that meets state and local laws requiring payment of recording fees, transfer fees, etc. must indicate the “True Consideration” or value in money’s worth for that conveyance. The affidavit must show the value of the realty described in the deed unless the deed is exempt from the deed recording fee pursuant to provisions of Title 12, Chapter 24. If the deed is exempt, the value is not required to be stated in the affidavit, but the affidavit must state the reason the deed is exempt from the fee.


Every real estate deed will pass the grantor’s entire interest in the property to the grantee, unless a different intent is added. Words of inheritance or succession are not necessary to convey property in fee simple absolute. In the case of discrepancy between a deed and any addendum attached to the deed where words of succession or inheritance are present in one document, but not in all documents, or where there is conflicting language as to whether or not the grantor intended to convey a fee simple or a life estate interest in the real property, it is presumed rebuttable by clear and convincing evidence that the grantor intended to convey a fee simple absolute interest in the real property if he owned such an interest in the property or his entire interest if he did not own it in fee simple.

The form of a release, as provided in the South Carolina Code of Laws 27-2-10, will be effectual to convey land in fee simple. The grantor in a conveyance in fee simple warrants that he defends the said premises unto the grantee, his heirs, and assigns, against himself and his heirs and against every person who lawfully claims against him.

The form of a statutory conveyance should be construed to not oblige anyone to insert a clause of warranty or to restrain anyone from inserting any other clause in the conveyance, as may be deemed proper and advisable by the purchaser and seller.

The following language may be used in a document of conveyance:

"The State of South Carolina.
"Know all men by these presents that I, A B, of __________, in the State aforesaid, in consideration of the sum of ___ dollars, to me in hand paid by C D of __________ County, State of __________, the receipt of which is hereby acknowledged, have granted, bargained, sold and released and by these presents do grant, bargain, sell and release unto the said C D all that (here describe the premises), together with all and singular the rights, members, hereditaments and appurtenances to said premises belonging or in any wise incident or appertaining; to have and to hold all and singular the premises before mentioned unto said C D, his heirs and assigns, forever. And I do hereby bind myself, my heirs, executors, and administrators, to warrant and forever defend all and singular said premises unto said C D, his heirs and assigns, against myself and my heirs and against every person whomsoever lawfully claiming or to claim the same, or any part thereof.
"Witness my hand and seal this ___ day of __________ in the year of our Lord __________ and in the ___ year of the independence of the United States of America. "__________ [L.S.]"
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