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Recording Information

Documents to be recorded at the Buncombe County Register of Deeds office may be presented in person, by mail or via eRecording. The Register of Deeds can only record original documents which contain original signatures and proof of acknowledgment (notarization). By law all documents recorded in the Register of Deeds office are open for public inspection.

The recording fee for all real estate documents other than deeds of trust is $26 for the first 15 pages and $4 for each additional page. The recording fee for deeds of trust is $64 for the first 35 pages and $4 for each additional page. Prior to being recorded, deeds conveying an interest in real estate require payment by the grantor of an excise tax stamp at a rate of $2 per $1,000 consideration being given for the property. There is no fee to record satisfactions. For a complete fee schedule, please see General Fees.

For all deeds and deeds of trust, the name of the person preparing the document must be on the face of the document. For all real estate transfers, the address of the person receiving the real estate must be on the face of the document for tax purposes. For all instruments, the name and address where the document should be returned must be on the face of the document. A self-addressed, stamped envelope would be appreciated with all documents. Please see below for complete format and content requirements.

**All deeds must be checked for delinquent taxes due at the tax department before they may be recorded. Please see Memo for additional information.

We accept Visa/MasterCard, cash, personal checks, or money orders payable to Register of Deeds.

Recording Hours & Address

Documents may be recorded in Buncombe County from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. at:

Register of Deeds
Recording Department
205 College Street
Asheville, NC 28801
(828) 250-4302

Format Requirements

All instruments presented for recording shall be on white paper and shall meet ALL of the following requirements. Any document not meeting the standards may be recorded for a fee of $25.00 in addition to the regular recording fee.

PAPER: 8 ½ X 11 inches (letter) OR 8 ½ X 14 inches (legal)
MARGINS: A blank margin of 3 inch at the top of the first page A blank margin of ¼ inch on all remaining sides of all pages
TYPE: Typed or printed in black ink on white paper in legible font
Color or grayscale images are considered non-standard
Please do not use a highlighter over pertinent information
Font size should be 9 point or larger
Text on only one (1) side of the paper, not double-sided
Type or title of instrument at the top of the first page

NOTE: Documents acknowledged (notarized) prior to July 1, 2002 are exempt from the above standards.

Content Requirements

Every document presented must contain the following:

  • Original document which contains original signature and proof of acknowledgment (notarization).
  • Name of the person who prepared the instrument (draftsman) on all deeds and deeds of trust.
  • Address where instrument will be returned (If prepared by a local attorney, document will be returned to attorney's box.)
  • Address of the Grantee for tax records.
  • Original signature of each Grantor named in the document.
  • Proper notary acknowledgement.
  • If the instrument is a conveyance of real property, it must reflect the amount of Excise Tax to be paid by the Grantor at a rate of $2.00 per $1,000.00 of purchase price - except when the transfer is:
    • By operation of law
    • By lease for a term of years
    • By or pursuant to the provision of a will
    • By intestacy
    • By gift
    • By merger or consolidation
    • By instruments securing indebtedness (deeds of trust and mortgages)
    • Where no consideration in property or money is due or paid by the transferee to the transferor

Recording Law

Please see links below for additional information about North Carolina recording law.