1. What is the procedure for recording a deed?
The new land owner (Grantee) is responsible for the preparation of a new deed to be recorded. After the deed is drawn and properly signed/notarized, take it to the Tax Assessor’s office for the "green stamp" which is a verification of listing on the Rowan County Tax Map and Parcel Number. Also, present the deed to the Tax Collector’s office for their stamp (“black stamp”) which indicates that the tax payments on the property are current. If you mail the deed to us, the Tax Map and Parcel Number must appear on the first page of the document. The recording fee is $26.00 for the first fifteen (15) pages and $4.00 for each additional page. Excise tax stamps are based on $2.00 per $1000 value of the purchase price, and must be declared on the first page of the deed. Also now required on the First Page of these documents is a Title (wording which clearly states what the document is) of the document, the grantee and grantor address, and who prepared the document.
2. What is the procedure for recording a deed of trust/mortgage?
See an attorney. After the documents are drawn and properly notarized, present the documents to the Register of Deeds. The recording fee is $56.00 for the first fifteen (15) pages and $4.00 for each additional page.
3. What is the recording fee for power of attorney, etc.?
The recording fee for all other land record documents is $26.00 for the first fifteen (15) page and $4.00 for each additional page.
4. How do I obtain a copy of my deed, deed of trust/mortgage, power of attorney, etc.?
You may stop by the Register of Deeds office to obtain a copy for a fee of 50 cents per page. You need to know the name the property is in and the approximate year it was purchased or recorded. For a deed of trust/mortgage, you need to know the Grantor. For a power of attorney, you need to know either the grantor or grantee and the approximate year of recording. Certified copies are $5.00 for the first page and $2.00 for each additional page. If you know the Book and page of the documents, you may request it by mail.
5. Can the Register of Deeds tell me who owns a property at a specific address?
By law, this office does not index any records by street address, thus making it almost impossible to find these desired facts in our records. Contact the Tax Assessor’s office at 402 North Main St., Salisbury (704-216-8558) for this information.
6. Can anyone access the information contained in the Register of Deeds office?
Yes. All land record information in the Register of Deeds office is public record.
FOR YOUR INFORMATION: Rowan County Register of Deeds office is in the process of migrating to digital imaging. The Land/Records Index is available from 1995 forward. If the book and page reference appears in color, click on it and the image will be available.