On October 1st , 2016, Deed of Trust fees will change. The new fee will be $64 for Deeds of Trust up to 35 pages in length. Additional pages will be subject to a $4 per page fee.


Dear Citizen,

The Register of Deeds serves as custodian and manager of a large number of Public Records that exists primarily to enable the owner of an interest in property to give public Donna Spencernotice of that ownership. These include the indexing and recording of legal documents such as Deeds, Deeds of Trust, Satisfactions of Deeds of Trust, Powers of Attorney, Maps/Plats, Easements, Rights-Of-Way, Assumed Names, Separation Agreements, Fixture Filings, etc. We also index and house the birth and death records that have occurred in Catawba County, issue marriage licenses, certified copies of such marriage licenses, certified copies of birth and death certificate, and administer oaths to notaries. We are pleased to record and issue certified copies of military discharges (DD214's) free of charge to our retired military. Finally, the Register of Deeds assists the public in providing prompt and professional service to all who use this office. We strive to serve you with professionalism and compassion, realizing this may be your first experience in dealing with this office.Whether you are searching your “roots”, looking up information on property, acquiring marriage licenses, or getting a certified copy of a vital record, we are here to serve you promptly and courteously, whether your request is made in person or by mail. Please take time to browse our site for information that might be helpful to you. Feel free to contact us with questions or comments you may have regarding these records and our office. However, keep in mind the Office of the Register of Deeds does not engage in the rendering of legal or professional advice. This database of documents is not a substitute for the advice of an attorney.  If you require legal or other expert advice, you should seek such services.

The Register of Deeds is elected by the people for a four-year term and is responsible for providing the proper and safe repository of deeds and other instruments affecting property or personal status (for example, birth certificates). The Register of Deeds reports to the County Manager and Board of County Commissioners after his/her election. If a vacancy should occur in the office, the Board of Commissioners appoints a successor for the unexpired term. I have been your Register of Deeds since 2004. I appreciate the trust and confidence placed in me by the Catawba County citizens. I am here to provide the office with integrity, completeness, accuracy and efficient safekeeping through the General Statutes of North Carolina, which govern the Register of Deeds Office and the maintenance of your public records. Our office is committed to proper enforcement of these laws as we strive to provide the highest level of customer service.


Donna Spencer

Donna Spencer, Register of Deeds


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