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UPDATE April 27, 2020

Due to the coronavirus (COVID-19), staff has been reduced and services will be provided on a limited basis until the restoration of computers affected by the malware attacked. Once services are back online/restored, customers will be asked to visit the Durham County Register of Deed’s website to utilize remote services for e-recording and obtaining certified copies of Vital Records. Customers are asked to call the Register of Deeds’ Office for appointments for marriage licenses and notary oaths (919-560-0493). 



As the County continues to manage public safety related to the coronavirus (COVID-19 and the recovery from the recent cyber malware attack, please note the following information regarding services in the Register of Deeds office.

Important Notice

Effective Tuesday, April 28th the Durham County Register of Deeds Office will resume electronically recording documents (eRecording) in the exact same manner as before. In order to prevent multiple filings of the same document, submitters are strongly encouraged to check their own records to ensure that documents which have previously been recorded have not also been submitted for eRecording. The Register of Deeds Office will not review any document to determine if it has already been filed.

If you have any questions about a previous account or questions regarding policies or procedures, please contact your eRecording vendor.

***Due to the high volume of eRecordings, expect longer than normal processing times.

The office will also be unable to honor requests to look for or process specific submitted documents as all filings will be recorded in the order they are received. The most efficient way to determine if a document has been recorded is to check grantor information on the Durham County Register of Deeds online database

Vital Record Services:

  • Citizens who would like information on obtaining birth records, death certificates or marriage licenses should contact the Vital Records Department for updated policies and procedures at 919-560-0493.

Be advised, there will be extended time needed to complete any process.

Thank you for your continued patience as Durham County Government continues to work to restore all County services.



The Register of Deeds Office no longer accepts Personal Checks.

Acceptable Forms of Payment: Cash, Certified Check, Trust Account Check, Money Order, Debit/Credit Card (where applicable).



Sharon A. Davis
201 East Main Street
Administration Bldg. II
Durham, NC 27701
Phone: 919-560-0480

FAX: 919-560-0497
Hours: 8:30 AM-5:00 PM

Hours of Operation
Real Estate 8:30-5:00
(Recording Ends at 4:45)

Vital Records 8:30-5:00
(Marriage Licenses end at 4:30)

(No Marriage Licenses issued after 4:30 pm.)

(No Certified Copies of Vital Records; Births, Deaths, Marriages issued after 4:45 pm.).

 Marriage Application  Online Vital Records Request  Online Public Records Search
 Register a business  Military Discharge  Taking your Notary Oath
 Taking your Notary Oath  Acceptable Identification  Taking your Notary Oath

The mission of the Register of Deeds is to act as legal custodian of all land titles and all land transaction documents in Durham County. We will provide a level of service to the citizens, legal professionals, and other office users that is exemplary and state of the art for the industry. As legal custodian of land transactions and other miscellaneous documents, the Register of Deeds office files and records deeds, deeds of trust, uniform commercial codes (UCCs), corporations, assumed names, military records, and other legal papers; registers delayed birth records and issues marriage licenses; and administers the oath to notaries public. The Register of Deeds has the responsibility of indexing and cross indexing all documents filed.