Register of Deeds Changes Due to COVID-19

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Coronavirus UpdatesEffective Tuesday, April 21st 

The Register of Deeds Greensboro Recording area will accept check, credit cards and money orders for payment.  

Effective Tuesday, May 4th

The Register of Deeds is providing a new option of administering Notary Oaths virtually by appointment only. 

Effective Monday, March 23 Until Further Notice:

In accordance with the State of Emergency, the Guilford County Register of Deeds will be taking the following actions:

Guilford County Passport Services is closed.

Birth, Death, and Marriage Certificates:

All certified copies of birth, death and marriage certificates will be available for purchase through the mail and online only.  To purchase a certificate, go to or  The cost of a certified copy continues to be $10.   The credit card convenience fee will be waived for next 90 days.

Out of county birth certificates will not be provided.  Please contact the out of county of birth directly.  

Marriage Licenses:

Marriage licenses and notary oaths will be available daily by appointment.  Only the applicants should appear.   Since these services must be in person because we must verify each person’s identity, we ask customers to be present at scheduled times.   Appointments can be made by contacting the Register of Deeds by phone (336) 641-7730 in Greensboro and (336) 641-6935 in High Point.  *Magistrate offices in both Greensboro and High Point will perform marriage ceremonies on Wednesdays and Thursdays by appointment only. To schedule appointments, call 336-412-7870 for Greensboro and 336-822-6719 for High Point. This is subject to change.

As per Session Law 2020-3, Marriage license expiration has been extended to 120 days for licenses issue after February 1st and before August 1st.

Funeral Homes:

Walkthroughs are currently unavailable in Greensboro and High Point offices. All orders must be submitted through the online portal or by fax. We will call Funeral Homes once orders are ready for pickup. Mail out options will be available upon request.

Guilford County Thank a Vet Cards will not be issued.  Veterans needing to record their discharge papers may do so by appointment only.  Appointments can be made by contacting the Register of Deeds by phone (336) 641-7730 in Greensboro and (336) 641-6935 in High Point.

Recording Real Estate documents:

The Land Records Research areas will be open in the Greensboro and High Point offices and in-office recordation will continue from 8 am to 5 pm.  There will be no changes to how eRecordings are processed or for mail-in documents.   Electronic Recording will continue.  Simplifile has agreed to waive all startup fees and annual costs throughout the State of Emergency. 

Notary Oaths

For the health and safety of our staff, customers and the general public, you will no longer be required to physically visit the Register of Deeds office to complete your Notary Oath Appointment. This is effective Monday May 4th 2020.

virtual notary oathsNotaries may be sworn in virtually online via video conference by appointment. If you have received a letter from the NC Secretary of State’s office stating that you are cleared to be sworn in, you may start the process by sending your e-mail address, full name (as it appears on the notary oath application) and phone number to We will send you further information and instructions by email.  

For virtual Notary Oath Appointments, you must have access to a smartphone with a camera and internet access as well as the Android or iPhone Google Duo App. For additional information, click here.

All others may call (336)641-7556 to set up an in office Notary Public appointment time.


Jeff L. Thigpen
Guilford County Register of Deeds