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Dorchester County, South Carolina

Recorder Offices


Dorchester County Register of Deeds

201 Johnston St / PO Box 38, Saint George, South Carolina 29477

8:30 to 5:00 Monday through Friday

Phone: (843) 563-0181 and 832-0181 for Summerville


Register of Deeds

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South Carolina - Dorchester County Recorder Information

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

Recording Fees

Deed: $15 + deed tax (see below)
Agreement, Amendment, some Assignments, Contract, Declaration, Dissolution, Easement, Lease, Mortgage, Restrictive Covenant, UCC Document, Waiver: $25
Affidavit, Article, some Assignments, Mechanics Lien, Release: $10
Please check the county website for a more detailed list.

Unless the document is exempt, both state and county taxes are due upon recording. State documentary stamps are $1.30 per $500, and county documentary stamps are $0.55 per $500, rounding up the per $500 to the nearest whole number. Consult the deed stamps table under supplemental forms for specific amounts.

Contact the Dorchester County Register of Deeds directly if you have questions about transfer tax or recording fees.

Document Formatting Requirements

* Documents should be on white paper that is either 8.5 x 11 inches or 8.5 x 14 inches. Use black or dark blue ink and a font size of at least 12 point. Do not use highlighting.

* At the top and bottom of the first page, provide a 1.5 inch margin for the recording stamp. All other margins should be at least 1 inch.

* Return address must be added on the first page.

* Deeds require two witnesses. A South Carolina Probate or acknowledgment is required.

* Corresponding names must be typed underneath signatures to allow for proper indexing. Names will be indexed as they appear underneath signatures.

* A valid and complete return address must be on the first page.

* For security purposes, do not include personal identification numbers or account numbers.

* When presenting multiple documents, they should be in the order in which they are to be recorded.

* The grantor must sign the deed and the name and address of the grantee must be provided.

* Provide a legal description of the real property. This can include a plat book and page or a metes and bounds description. Additionally, provide a parcel identification number for the property (this may also be referred to as a Tax Map Sequence Number).

* All deeds conveying an interest in land and all mortgages of real estate executed after July 1, 1976, must include a derivation clause in the property description .A derivation clause should appear on the deed. A derivation clause includes the following: "Being the same property conveyed to __________________ by deed of ________________ dated __________ and recorded ____________ in the Register of Deeds office in Dorchester County in Book _______ and Page _______." However, when the deed of derivation has been simultaneously executed and delivered and has not then been recorded it is sufficient to set forth in the deed the name of the grantor of the deed of derivation, the date, and that it is to be recorded. When the grantor's title was obtained by inheritance or devise, 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 such estate was filed. Do not leave any blanks in the derivation clause. A derivation clause is not needed for property devoted to a utility or railroad purpose of any private or public utility or railroad, a quit claim deed, or a non-warranty deed of real property.

* Before any deed of conveyance of real property, including timber deeds, leases, and conveyances of timber, can be recorded, it must have an endorsement by the county auditor.

AFFIDAVIT

An affidavit showing the value of the real estate also needs to be filed when submitting a deed for recordation. If the deed is exempt, the value is not required to be stated on the affidavit, but the reason for exemption is required.

The affidavit must be signed by a responsible person connected with the transaction, and the connection must be stated. The register of deeds may waive the affidavit requirement at his discretion.

The total consideration paid should be indicated on the face of the deed. If the amount paid is not indicated, or has the words "in other consideration" or if a trade of property is involved, an Affidavit of True Consideration must be attached in order to reflect the actual value of the transaction.

A quit claim deed is subject to documentary stamps if there is a consideration paid. An affidavit of exempt transfers is required.