Craig Olive, Johnston County Register of Deeds, announces Tuesday temporary and immediate changes in all in-person services but stresses that his office is still open for business. Effective immediately, there will be no public access to the Register of Deeds office.
The Register of Deeds office will continue to adhere to CDC and local authorities’ recommendations to promote social distancing to protect all staff and public during this COVID-19 Emergency. Mr. Olive encourages the public to utilize his office’s online services such as electronic recording of real estate documents and online requests for birth, death and marriage certificates.
“These changes are needed on a temporary basis to protect my staff and the public; however, my office is here for them should they need our services, states Mr. Olive. His office will no longer allow public access to his office and has placed a drop box by his door so that documents can be dropped off for recording and then mailed out. Couples wishing to obtain a marriage license should call 919-989-5161 for an appointment. The couple will need to complete the online marriage application prior to coming to the Register of Deeds office and then will be assisted in the hallway to comply with the 6 feet distancing recommendations. Citizens needing to complete their Notary Oath will also be assisted in the hallway.
“These are stressful times and we can only pray that this dreadful pandemic will soon be under control. I am making these temporary changes so that we can all stay healthy,” states Mr. Olive. The public is encouraged to call the Register of Deeds office at 919-989-5160 or 919-989-5161 if there are any questions.