Frequently Asked Questions

The hours to apply are 8am - 4:30pm, Monday-Friday. We do not issue after 4:30.
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.
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.
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)