The Centers for Disease Control and local health authorities recommend the use of social distancing strategies to slow the spread of COVID-19. They also recommend employers establish policies such as telecommuting and online services to increase the physical distance between employees and their clients.
In an effort to comply with this recommendation, the Polk County Register of Deeds office effective March 25 is limiting in-person services until further notice but will have all office functions available to residents and law offices online or by mail or appointment.
Recording Real Estate Documents
At this time, the Register of Deeds office highly encourages electronic recording of all documents, excluding plats. Anyone who wishes to record documents in person must call the office for appointment. Those who mail in documents or eRecord will not see any change in operations. For people new to eRecording, Polk County accepts documents from Simplifile and CSC. To research the Real Estate records available, visit PolkNC.org and choose Register of Deeds under the Departments tab.
Marriage Licenses and Notary Oaths
Throughout the State of Emergency, marriage licenses and Notary Oaths will be available by appointment only. Since this service must be in person, only the applicants may come in at their scheduled times. Please call (828) 894-8450 to schedule an appointment.
Throughout the declared State of Emergency, all certified copies of births, deaths, marriage licenses and real estate documents will be available for purchase by mail or appointment only. Please call (828) 894-8450 to schedule an appointment. The Polk County Register of Deeds Office only accepts cash or checks as payment for all services.
Appointments can be made by calling (828) 894-8450 during normal business hours of 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. on weekdays. Please also feel free to call with any questions. The Polk County Register of Deeds office is committed to providing services in a safe yet effective way for the duration of this situation. These plans are subject to change as the situation evolves. For the most up-to-date information about all Polk County services, visit PolkNC.org.