Beaufort County Register of Deeds office abides by CDC recommendations

Published 11:19 pm Tuesday, March 24, 2020

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From the Office of the Beaufort County Register of Deeds


Jennifer Leggett Whitehurst, Beaufort County Register of Deeds, announced temporary changes in all in-person services, stressing that the office is still open for business.

Effective Tuesday, the Register of Deeds office began adhering to CDC and local authorities’ recommendation by promoting social distancing to protect all staff and public during this state of emergency. Below is the list of operational changes to the services offered by the office.

“I want the citizens of Beaufort County to know that the Register of Deeds office is here for them should they need our services but ask that everyone to stay safe in their homes if they can. The health, safety and well-being of the public and my staff is my main concern. Thank you for your cooperation during this unusual and trying time,” Whitehurst said.

Due to the COVID-19 outbreak and the State of Emergency declaration by Gov. Roy Cooper that became effective Tuesday, the following operational changes will be temporarily implemented by the Beaufort County Register of Deeds:

  • Limited public access to the Register of Deeds Office.
  • Recording of documents by attorneys or individuals will continue as usual for the present.  We ask that only the recording party/agent come into the office.
  • Marriage license applications will be issued by appointment only, by calling 252-946-2323.  Only the bridal couple may enter the office, with one translator, if needed. No witnesses, family members or children are permitted in the office. Payment must be made by cash or check only. If possible, please bring exact change if paying with cash.
  • Certified copies of birth, death and marriage certificates can be obtained by mail. Urgent requests may be made by coming into the office, from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. We ask that only the requesting party come in. The cost is $10 per certificate. Cash or check will only be accepted for payment. Please bring exact change if you are paying with cash. Application forms will be provided in the hallway outside of the office.
  • Any changes to a Beaufort County certificate (birth amendment or legitimation or marriage license correction) will be by appointment only. Please call 252-946-2323. All substantiating proofs must be obtained and provided and must be pre-approved. Follow-up appointments may be necessary.
  • Funeral homes should fax requests for certified death certificates to 252-946-7938. Pick ups can be made during the hours of 8 a.m. and 4 p.m.
  • Those needing to take their notary oath will need to make an appointment by calling 252-946-2323. The fee for oath administration is $10. Cash or check payment.
  • Military discharges may be recorded by appointment only. Please call 252-946-2323.
  • Genealogical research and general deed researches (not title updates) will be suspended at this time.  We encourage searchers to use our website,

Please call with any questions before coming into the office!