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Register of Deeds Notice

Recording Real Estate documents

During this State of Emergency, we strongly encourage all documents to be electronically recorded. In an effort to help with this transition our eRecording vendor, Simplifile, has agreed to waive all startup fees and annual costs throughout the State of Emergency. There will be no changes to how we handle documents that are eRecorded or mailed to our office.

For those who want to record documents in person, you must use the new drop box located just outside of our office. We will have a skeleton crew in the office to record documents during regular business hours: Monday through Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. The drop box will be checked multiple times throughout the day and all documents that are dropped off by 4:30 p.m. will be recorded the same day.

Birth, Death and Marriage Certificates

All certified copies of birth, death and marriage certificates will be available for purchase online only. The Buncombe County Register of Deeds office will charge you only the regular cost of the certificate, $10. There will be no surcharge for our online service or for mailing you the certificate. To purchase a certificate go to

Marriage Licenses and Notary Oaths

Marriage Licenses and Notary Oaths Marriage licenses and notary oaths will be available daily by appointment only. Since these services must be in person because we have to verify each person’s identity and see them sign, we ask that you only come in at your scheduled time and only if you are not sick. We also promise that only healthy staff are allowed to serve you. Appointments can be made online here.

Assumed Names (DBA)

An Assumed Business Name Certificate or “doing business as’ (DBA) form, once recorded, notifies the public that you are doing business in any or all North Carolina counties under a particular name.

A Certificate of Assumed Name or “doing business as” (DBA) form can be recorded in our office by individuals or entities conducting business in Buncombe County, multiple counties or all 100 counties in North Carolina. A sole proprietorship, general partnership, limited partnership, LLC or corporation engaged in business in Buncombe County under a different assumed name might consider recording a DBA form at the Buncombe County Register of Deeds Office. In many cases, a financial institution will require this form be recorded in order to open a business account. Please consult a business advisor or an attorney if you have questions about whether recording this form is required for your business.

The Assumed Business Name Certificate, Amendment and Withdrawal Forms are available below in fillable PDF format for your convenience. Please make sure all information is accurate, typed or printed legibly and please follow instructions included with the form.

The fee for recording is $26.00. Please leave a blank 3” margin at the top of the page and ¼” for all other borders. A document not meeting these standards may be subject to a $25.00 non-standard fee.

You may bring the original document in person or mail in the original, signed form to Register of Deeds, 205 College Street, Asheville, NC 28801. If submitting via mail, payment by check or money order is accepted.


Please be aware that all Certificates of Assumed Name filed before December 1, 2017, will have an expiration date of December 1, 2022, according to NC House Bill 228.

If you have filed an assumed name in the past or will file one before December 1, 2017 and intend to continue engaging in business in North Carolina using the assumed name on or after December 1, 2022, you must file a new Assumed Business Name Certificate form as required by the new law.

Assumed Business Name Certificates filed on or after December 1, 2017, will not expire under the new law.

Fees & Payment Types

Assumed Names (DBA) Fees

$26.00 for each document.

Payment Types

  • Credit/Debit
  • Personal Checks
  • Money Orders
  • Cash

Note: Please make personal checks, or money orders payable to Register of Deeds.

Locate & Contact

Register of Deeds Office


Main Office
P: (828) 250-4303
F: (828) 250-4339

Birth, Death & Marriage Records
P: (828) 250-4300
F: (828) 250-4333

Recording / Real Estate
P: (828) 250-4302
F: (828) 250-4336

Register of Deeds
205 College Street
Asheville, NC 28801

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Hours of Operation

Monday - Friday
8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

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