Register of Deeds
New Search Station Locations
The Register of Deeds has partnered with the New Hanover County Libraries to improve accessibility to archived records. Two search stations have been set up for the public to utilize, one at the Northeast Library on Military Cutoff, and the second at the Pleasure Island branch on Lake Park Drive in Carolina Beach. Searchable records include real estate instruments, vital records, and the Civil Case Processing System (VCAP).
Welcome to the New Hanover County Register of Deeds
The Register of Deeds serves as the custodian and manager for real estate-related documents as well as vital records and DD-214s of the county. The elected registrar strives to hold these duties to the utmost standards along with giving you the quality and professional public service in a friendly atmosphere. Please do not hesitate to contact our office if we can assist you in any way.
Morghan Getty Collins, Register of Deeds
Morghan Getty Collins was unanimously appointed by the board of County Commissioners to fill the vacancy left by Tammy Piver who retired on January 1, 2023. Collins was sworn into office on February 6, 2023.
A native of Cumberland, Maryland, Collins came to Wilmington to attend UNCW. She graduated with a Bachelor of Science and later went on to earn her master’s in biomedical science from Marshall University School of Medicine.
A wife and mother of two, Collins has previous experience in the private sector working in finance, marketing, and clinical research.
“I am excited to step into this new role and have the opportunity to serve the citizens of New Hanover County as Register of Deeds,” Collins said. “The Register of Deeds staff is truly remarkable, and I am honored to join a team that is dedicated to what they do.”
- Can you recommend an attorney?
No, North Carolina law prohibits the Register of Deeds from giving legal advice or referrals.
- Can anyone obtain information on file at the Register of Deeds office?
Yes, all records filed in the Register of Deeds office are public records. Anyone can view and obtain a copy of a public document in the office.
- Can I add a fraud alert to my records?
To set up your free Fraud Alert, you can click on the link https://fraudalert.bislandrecords.com/index.php?county=newhanover&state=nc, this will take you directly to our website to fill out the information requested along with your email, or go to our home website at www.registerofdeeds.nhcgov.com, click on the Fraud Alert box and fill out the information requested.
In the event a document is recorded in your name, you will get an email with a copy of the document at no cost to you.
- Can I come in and fill out a form to register my business name?
Yes, as a courtesy to our customers, we have gone to the Secretary of States website and printed the form needed to register a business name.
- Can you tell me how much a piece of property sold for?
The Register of Deeds can only provide the amount of the excise tax stamp affixed to the deed at the time it was recorded.