General Information

The Register of Deeds office provides a standardized, permanent record of real estate ownership and transfers in Carteret County. Our office records deeds, deeds of trust, cancellations, plats, assumed names, powers of attorney and other miscellaneous documents related to real estate. Our office also records and issues birth certificates, death certificates, marriage certificates, marriage licenses, military discharges, and maintains the records of notary public commissions.

If you are requesting a certified copy of birth and/or death record that occurred within 10 days, please contact our office to verify registration.

Charges will apply when ordering vital records.  Please note the information below:

      • Requests will be managed on a first-come, first-served basis
      • Records are available back to 1913
      • Requests for information can be completed online, will be processed on normal business days, and available during normal business hours (Monday-Friday 8:00 AM-5:00 PM) next day.
      • For requests submitted after 4 pm, the earliest that a request can be processed and sent is the next business day.


Please note: If you choose to pick up your records in person, rather than have them sent via mail, you will be required to present a valid state issued identification proving you are 18 years or older. In addition, you may elect to have your record(s) order picked up by the following persons:

      • Spouse
      • Brother/Sister
      • Child/Step-Child/Grandchild
      • Parent/Step-parent
      • Grandparent
      • Authorized agent, attorney or Legal Representative (Proof Required at time of pickup)


Click the appropriate link button to request information.

All requests will be checked for accuracy. Any inaccurate information may result in your record not being processed. All communication with regard to your order, payment, our progress, and the records delivery will be sent via email.


Please Note: Not answering the Identity Verification questions at the end of the application process could result in a denial of your request, as we will not be able to determine your identity.


The Register of Deeds office acts as a recording office only. North Carolina General Statutes specifically prohibit the Register of Deeds or the staff from practicing law. We are unable to supply legal forms, provide instructions on drafting or completing forms, or answer questions regarding the legal consequences of instruments filed. We advise you to consult an attorney if you have any legal questions.

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The Following Vital Records May Be Requested Online:


Certified Birth Certificate $10.00 ea
Delayed Birth Certificate Application $10.00 ea
Certified Marriage Certificate $10.00 ea
Marriage License (In-Office Only) $60.00 ea
Marriage License Corrections (In-Office Only) $10.00 ea
Certified Death Certificate $10.00 ea
Notary (In-Office Only) $10.00 ea

* An additional Non-Refundable $4 Service and Credit card processing fee will be applied to all online orders

* An additional Non-Refundable $0.75 "Vital Verify" fee will be applied to all Delivery orders

Information Related to NC General Statutes 130A-93 and 130A-26A:
NC General Statute 130A-26A It is a felony violation to fraudulently request a certified copy of a vital record or obtain, possess, sell, furnish, use, or attempt to use for any purpose of deception a North Carolina Vital Record.
NC General Statute 130A-93 This statute specifies who is entitled to obtain a certified copy of a North Carolina Vital Record. Those entitled to obtain as follows: yourself, spouse, brother / sister, child / step-child, parent / step-parent, grandparent, grandchild, authorized agent, attorney or other legal representative (proof required).


For More Information, Contact:

Carteret County Register of Deeds
302 Courthouse Square
Beaufort, NC 28516

Phone: 252-728-8474
Fax: 252-728-7693

Questions about Vital Records, please contact the Register of Deeds.


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