Register Of Deeds Office To Get Back To Business

SMITHFIELD – Johnston County Register of Deeds Craig Olive announced today that his office will resume modified normal business practices effective Monday, June 1, 2020.

The Register of Deeds Office has been operational during the COVID-19 pandemic, however, most services have been by US mail, electronic recording and by appointment only.  Passports services were unavailable, as the Charleston Passport Center was closed.

The public will see a few differences in the Register of Deeds office come June 1.  Only two customers will be allowed in the real estate section at one time and only three in the vital records section.  Appointments will still be required for those wishing to obtain a marriage license or those needing to take the Notary Oath.

Passport services will resume, however, only the person(s) applying for a passport will be allowed in the office.  The only exception would be if the applicant is a minor, then both parents would be allowed in the office with the minor. Additional new rules will be provided in the office on June 1.

“I applaud my staff for being on the frontlines to assist our Johnston County citizens during this turbulent time.  They have continued to work hard to provide great customer service in a professional manner.  Our office played a vital role in helping the economy maintain stability as best as possible.  We remained open to professional users and to our citizens to meet their needs and we remain committed to assisting the people of Johnston County in any way that we can,” Mr. Olive said.  Anyone with questions is encouraged to contact the Register of Deeds Office at 919-989-5160.