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Horry County Register of Deeds Government & Justice Center
1301 Second Ave., Conway, South Carolina 29528
8:00am to 5:00pm Monday through Friday
Phone: (843) 915-5430
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Horry County South Carolina Register of Deeds

Horry County Recorder Information

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

Recording Fees

Filing fees and state and county recording fees are due before the item can be recorded.

A deed, mortgage, or easement is $10 for the first four pages. Each additional page is $1.

An affidavit is $10 for the first four pages. Each additional page is $1.

State documentary stamps are $2.60 per $1,000 and county documentary stamps are $1.10 per $1,000.

Copies are 50 cents a page for self-made copies. Copies made by the staff are $1 per page.

If you need more information on recording fees and documentary stamps, contact the Horry County Register of Deeds at (843) 915-5430.
Document Formatting Requirements
The Register of Deeds in Horry County, South Carolina records documents concerning land transfers and other instruments of record pertaining to real property located in Horry County. Fees must be paid before the document can be recorded. The original documents are returned after recording.

Why recording is necessary: All deeds of conveyance to land are valid so as to affect the rights of subsequent creditors (whether lien creditors or simple contract creditors), or purchasers for valuable consideration without notice, only from the day and hour when they are recorded in the office of the register of deeds or clerk of court of the county in which the real property affected is situated.


• Original documents or certified copies from courts or government agencies should be submitted for recordation.

• Use white paper, 8.5x11 inches in size. Black ink with a font size of at least 12 point will help to ensure legibility. Signatures can be completed in blue or black ink.

• Sufficient space for the recording stamp must be provided on the first page. A 2-inch top margin on the first page should be sufficient. All other margins should be a minimum of 2 inches.

• On all written instruments, with the exception of a mortgage satisfaction, there must be two witnesses and also a probate or acknowledgement statement. The notary may be one of the witnesses.

• The instrument must be signed by the grantor or mortgagor.

• A person preparing or filing a document for recordation may not include a social security, driver’s license, state identification, passport, checking account, savings account, credit card, or debit card number, or other personally identifying numbers, unless required by law.

• All deeds and mortgages must include a derivation clause in 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. 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. However, a derivation clause is not required on property devoted to a utility or railroad purpose of any private or public utility or railroad. Further, a derivation clause is not required on a quit claim or non-warranty deed of real property.

• The grantee’s name and mailing address must be provided for any deed of conveyance.

• Before a deed of conveyance can be recorded, it must be endorsed by the county auditor.

• A legal description of the real property is required, which should include the tax parcel ID number and the property address. The legal description must also include a plat book and page reference or a metes and bounds description.

• Include, at the end of the document, the name and address of the individual who prepared the document.

Mortgage satisfaction: Submit the original mortgage with the date and “Paid in Full” stamped on the face of the instrument. A person from the lending institution must sign with one witness. If the original is lost, a “Lost Mortgage” document will have to be filed, where the mortgagee must sign with two witnesses, notarized with an affidavit that states that the original mortgage has been lost, and must contain the book and page number where the original mortgage was filed and state that it has not been assigned.


When recording a deed, an affidavit showing the value of the realty needs to be filed with the deed. If the deed is exempt, the value is not required to be stated on the affidavit, but the affidavit must state the reason for exemption.

The affidavit must be signed by a responsible person connected with the transaction, and the affidavit must state the connection. 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.

An affidavit is available on the Horry County Register of Deeds website.

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.]"

The notary may use either an acknowledgment or probate (the probate being a South Carolina method of authenticating a document whereby the witnesses attest to the validity).
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