Register Of Deeds Reports Record Revenue In 2021

Johnston County Register of Deeds Craig Olive has released data from his office for the 2021 calendar year.

Even with continued COVID protocols in place, revenue collected by the Register of Deeds office increased for 2021 as compared to previous years. In fact, 2021 was a record year for total revenue generated for the Johnston County Register of Deeds office. In 2021, the office collected a total of $8,239,338.03 as compared to $6,334,512.97 for 2020 and 5,276,117.50 for 2019. That’s an increase of 30% from 2020 to 2021.

A major increase for 2021 was the number of documents recorded electronically. The office received 81% of the documents to be recorded via electronic means in 2021. This reflects the largest amount of documents electronically recorded by the office since they began electronic recordings in 2007. The past several years the office recorded approximately 66- 72% of their documents electronically.

The office also saw a large increase in the number of marriage licenses they issued. In 2021, the office issued 1,483 as compared to 1,439 licenses issued in 2020 and 1,176 in 2019. That constituted an increase of 26% since 2019.

Births and deaths increased slightly for the calendar year of 2021. In 2021 there were 1,859 births compared to 1,721 in 2020. Deaths reflected a larger increase with 1,776 deaths in 2021 as compared to 1534 in 2020.

“My staff takes pride in serving our county as evidence by steadily and consistently working during these difficult times. They had to deal with policy and procedure changes but never wavered in their commitment to Johnston County,” Mr. Olive said. “I am thankful for them and honored to work alongside each of them as we serve our community.”

Mr. Olive also provided the following statistics for the years 2017 – 2021, reflecting a 97% increase in total revenue for the five-year span.

Total Revenue for December
12/2021 $830,486.30
12/2020 $659,810.70
12/2019 $446,020.10
12/2018 $467,107.90
12/2017 $358,620.30
132% increase
**December 2017 vs December 2021

Total Revenue for Calendar Year
1/1/21 – 12/31/21 $8,239,338.03
1/1/20 – 12/31/20 $6,334,512.97
1/1/19 – 12/31/19 $5,276,117.50
1/1/18 – 12/31/18 $4,629,787.80
1/1/17 – 12/31/17 $4,183,846.15
97% increase
**2017 Calendar Year vs 2021 Calendar Year

“As you can see from these figures, our county has seen tremendous growth over the last five years and I expect to see our revenue continue to increase as the county grows. New residents moving to Johnston County produces an increase in real estate and other types of recordings as well as marriages, births and deaths,” stated Mr. Olive.

The Johnston County Register of Deeds is to be open to the public and will continue to serve the public by providing the services needed for the residents of Johnston County. The office handles real estate recordings, issuance of vital records, Notary Public oaths and serves as Passport Agency. Anyone with questions regarding the services provided by the Johnston County Register of Deeds office is encouraged to contact their office at 919-989-5160.


  1. O.K. Mr. Craig Olive, you and your work ethic’s have far exceeded the reasonable expectations of any political personality of this county with maybe the exception of Sheriff Bizzell. Why not do the honor of representing us citizens and parents of Johnston County in a school board seat and do some really heaving lifting saving our future society? If you dont see that in your future, how about help organize a successful list to help campaign for unseating all incumbents of the school board other than Ron-Jon? You and Bizzell could do alot more in saving the children of Johnston County; however, you just wouldn’t be as popular in doing so would you?

  2. Let’s be honest…there was also a lot of extra income from Wayne County as the Registrar here is a complete train wreck and everyone has to get paperwork done in adjacent counties.

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