What is the Register of Deeds?

What is the Register of Deeds?

The Register of Deeds office is an office which records land titles, liens, and other documents related to property transactions in Charleston County. In essence, the office provides evidence of who owns land, and where land lines or boundaries are located.

The responsibilities of the office include:

  • File, index and record deeds, mortgages, and miscellaneous property-related records and plats in a variety of formats (including microfilm, digital imaging, hard copy, and computer data storage)
  • Record and index financing statements, state, and federal tax liens
  • Provide copies of deeds and plats for a fee
  • Collect a recording fee based on all documents recorded
  • Offer on-site information and instructions on how to use record books and microfilm
  • Provide certified true copies of any documents on record in the Register of Deeds Office (such as mortgages, powers of attorney, or plats)

The Register of Deeds, an elected official, must assure that all recorded documents comply with the requirements of federal and state recording statutes and are available for public review.

The South Carolina state Legislature decided to change the title of the office from Register of Mesne Conveyance (RMC) to Register of Deeds a few years ago. The office is located at:

101 Meeting Street, Suite 200
Charleston, SC 29401

Learn more about the office by visiting the website at www.charlestoncounty.org/departments/rmc/

About the Register of Deeds

The Register of Deeds, an elected official, must assure that all recorded documents comply with the requirements of federal and state recording statutes and are available for public review. Learn more about the office and the role.