Frequently Asked Questions

The hours to apply are 8am - 4:30pm, Monday-Friday. We do not issue after 4:30.
Yes. Out-of-County birth certificates are issued in the Register of Deeds office to someone who was born in NC, birth year 1971-forward, and not adopted.They are issued during the hours of 8am-4pm daily. The cost is $24 cash only.
No. Civil Magistrates in the Forsyth County Government Center perform marriages by appointment and walk-in Monday through Friday from 12:30pm - 4:30pm.  Weddings requiring a Spanish interpreter are by appointment only.  Criminal Magistrates in the Forsyth County Detention Center perform marriages Saturdays and Sundays only from 9:00am - 7:00pm.
No. NC Law states only the following people are entitled to a certified copy: yourself, spouse, child, sibling, parent, step-parent, grandparent, authorized agent, legal representative (proof required).  Anyone can get an uncertified copy. 
The certified copies are $10 each. Non-certified copies are .50 each.
For Online Requests onlyFor other transactions,accepted payment is cash, business check, official bank check, or money order.
Free land records searches and copies are available online at

We are located at 201 N Chestnut St.,Winston-Salem, NC  27101

2nd floor of the Forsyth County Government Center. Office hours are 8am-5pm, Monday-Friday, except holidays.

You should consult an attorney for assistance drafting and preparing legal documents. We are a recording office only.
The deed is given to you when you closed on the property. It is not mailed to you after the cancellation or satisfaction of the loan. A free copy of the deed is available at
Information can be found at under Assumed Name.
The Clerk of Court office (336-779-6300).
The Register of Deeds office.
Contact NC Vital Records at 919-733-7000.  Adoption records are not available in the Register of Deeds office.

Business names are recorded in the Register of Deeds office; go to  To apply for a Business License, go to

The Notary Oath is administered at the Register of Deeds office.  The cost is $10.

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Contact Us

  • 201 North Chestnut Street
    Winston-Salem, NC 27101
  • Phone: 336 703 2700 (Live)
  • Phone: 336 703 2700
    (After Hours Recording)
  • Fax: 336 748 3158
  • Email: Contact Us
Office Hours

8:00 — 5:00 (Monday — Friday)

Obtain Marriage License

8:00 — 4:30 (Monday — Friday)