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Register of Deeds Notice

Birth, Death and Marriage Certificates

All certified copies of birth, death and marriage certificates will be available for purchase online. If you have an immediate need for a certificate you can purchase it at the Register of Deeds office, otherwise we ask that you use our user-friendly online system.

Marriage Licenses

Marriage licenses are available at our office Monday – Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. with no appointment required. Couples must come in person because we have to verify each person’s identity, proof of social security and see them sign the license. Couples must fill out the online marriage application before coming to the office. Once your online application is complete please write down your confirmation number then bring that number with you. Please note that only the couple is allowed in the office at this time due to our occupancy limit.

Notary Oaths

Once commissioned by the Secretary of State, Buncombe County Notaries Public must appear at Register of Deeds office to take an oath of office and obtain a certificate.

Recording Real Estate documents

During this State of Emergency, we encourage all documents to be electronically recorded when possible. For those who want to record paper documents, please use the black drop box located just outside of our office 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.

Assumed Business Name certificates

A Certificate of Assumed Business Name (or DBA) form can be recorded at our office by individuals conducting business in North Carolina. These forms are available online. The completed form can be mailed into our office at 205 College Street or can be dropped off for recording in the black drop box directly outside the office. If you would like us to email you a copy of the recorded document, please enclose your email address in the envelope. If you have questions, please call us at 828-250-4302.

Plats

Plats can be electronically recorded with our office. For surveyors who are recording paper or mylar surveys, there will continue to be a red plat drop box at the entrance of 205 College Street. Please call 250-4302 to notify us when you’ve dropped off your plats, so they can be retrieved as soon as possible. Please do not drop off plats outside of business hours.


If you are seeking in-person services, we ask that you only come if you are not sick. Additionally, we promise that only healthy staff are allowed to serve you.

Birth Certificates

In-Office Birth Certificate Purchase

To purchase a birth certificate in person, please bring your valid photo ID and payment to our office at 205 College St.

Certified records can only be issued to immediate family or an authorized agent.

Request Birth Certificate By Mail

Please send a copy of your valid photo ID, check or money order, and the completed Vital Records Request Form to:

Register of Deeds
205 College Street
Asheville, NC 28801.

* A stamped, self-addressed envelope can help ensure faster return.

Fees/Payment Types

We accept the following payment types of purchasing a birth certificate.

Birth Certificate Fees

Each certified record costs $10.00, and non-certified records cost $0.25 each. If you are 62 or older, you may receive one (1) certified copy of your birth certificate free of charge.

Payment Types

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

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


The following information applies to the birth certificate of any individual born in Buncombe County. For information about obtaining a birth certificate from this office for a person born in another county in North Carolina, please visit our Statewide Birth Certificate.


Amendments / Legitimations

We can assist with the amendment/legitimization of Birth Records for a fee of $35.

View an outline of the requirements for amending a birth certificate. Please contact our Vital Records department at 250-4300 for further information.

Note: We do recommend if you were born in another county other than Buncombe County and need to do an amendment or legitimation, you should do this process in the county in which you were born.

Adoption Records

By law, all Adoption Records are removed from this office and must be obtained from Vital Records in Raleigh, NC..

Mailing Address NC Vital Records
1903 Mail Service Center
Raleigh, NC 27699-1903
Physical Address NC Vital Records
225 N McDowell Street
Raleigh, NC 27603-1382
P: (919) 733-3526

Locate & Contact

Register of Deeds Office - Vital Records

Contact

Vital Records
P: (828) 250-4300
F: (828) 250-4333

Office Email Address
register@buncombecounty.org

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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