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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.


Plats are part of the real estate records archived at the Register of Deeds Office.

Special laws govern the recording of surveys, which are referred to as plats once they are recorded. Buncombe County returns all plats at time of recording. All recorded plats are available on our online record lookup.

Plat Recording Requirements:

  • Acceptable sizes are 18” x 24” and 24” x 36” with at least 1/2'’ border on all sides.
  • Plats must be reproducible and be black ink on white paper, Mylar or other archival material.
  • The Register of Deeds checks for surveyor original seal and wet-ink signature and statements as required by G.S. 47-30.
  • Certain plats will need to be reviewed by the county or city review officer before recording.

Fees/Payment Types

Record Plats - Certified Copies - Non-Certified Copies


Record Plats

$21 per page

Certified Copies

$5 per page
$2.00 for each additional, if a multi-sheet plat

Non-Certified Copies

$1.50 per 18” x 24” or 24” x 36” printout

Payment Types

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

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

Illustrative Plats

Maps attached to Deeds or Other Instrument

Attached maps or surveys that are exhibits to other legal documents can be letter (8" x 11") or legal size (8" x 14") and should conform to one of the following three options:

  • The Survey is an original map with a surveyor's seal and original signature and meets all other recording requirements for plats, including Review Officer's approval, if applicable.
  • A certified copy of a recorded plat.
  • Attached map or survey contains this statement: “This map may not be a certified survey and has not been reviewed by a local government agency for compliance with any applicable land development regulations and has not been reviewed for compliance with recording requirements for plats.”
NOTE: Please be aware that attached map exhibits with font size smaller than 9 or containing color or gray areas will be charged a $25.00 non-standard fee. View Recording Standards

Locate & Contact

Register of Deeds


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

Office Email Address

Register of Deeds
205 College Street
Asheville, NC 28801

Hours of Operation

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

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