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Breakfast Recap: Why The Register of Deeds Office Is Important

March 12, 2019 | Posted By: Connor Watkins

Breakfast Recap: Why The Register of Deeds Office Is Important

At this morning's breakfast sponsored by Lexington Medical Center, Tina Guerry, Register of Deeds for Lexington County, spoke to members about her office and its role in our community.

So how did the Register of Deeds office come to exist? During the Civil War, Sherman and his troops came through Lexington County on their way to the Capital. They left behind a path of destruction by burning down the Court House that held the vital land records of that time. The current ROD office has original land records dating back to the mid 1800’s. The Register of Deeds office in 23 counties are separate government offices with 6 of these being elected and 17 being appointed offices. The remaining counties perform the Register of Deeds functions under the elected Clerk of Court office. 1976 Home Rule Act –SC Code of Laws 30-5-10

Why is the Register of Deeds Office Important? The office aids in the legal transfer of property, liens on property and property divided by family but never recorded all while preserving the integrity of these documents.

Whether working at the front desk that intakes documents for recording or working in the customer service area, interaction with citizens and officials at the office is a daily occurrence. The staff is cross trained in all areas of the office and includes members who bring 26 years of experience to this office.

 

The Register of Deeds office accepts the following documents for recording purposes:

  • Deeds, Deeds of Distribution, Title to Real Estate, Quit Claim Deeds
  • Easements and Right of Ways
  • Federal & State Tax Liens – (satisfactions and withdrawals, releases, expungements)
  • Mechanics Lien
  • Mortgages – (assignments, satisfactions, modifications, releases)
  • Plats ( One plot, Subdivision)
  • Power of Attorneys (Revocations)
  • UCC Finance Statements- Uniform Commercial Code
  • ( Only related to Real Property all other UCC’s are filed in the Secretary of State Office)

 

The Register of Deeds Office provides the following services:

 

  • Performs all duties pertaining to recording of real property documents, (deeds, mortgages, plats, etc.)
  • Performs duty by making documents available to the public ( In office and Online)
  • Perform all duties for recording state and federal tax liens
  • Perform all duties for recording of mechanics liens
  • Maintain and Preserve all land records for Lexington County
  • Assist our citizens and other users with obtaining copies of all documents pertaining to real property.
  • Collects the state and county mandated deed stamp fees for deeds and easements
  • Provides integration with eRecording partners for electronic submittals
 
Since 2011, the number of recorded deeds has increased significantly from 9,475 to 14,341 (2018).

Moving forward, the Register of Deeds will be making improvements including increased eRecording, implementing new software, scanning older records for preservation and so residents can access them electronically and the electronic transfer of oversized plats to the SC Archives.

Join us at our next breakfast on Tuesday, April 9 at 7:30 a.m. at RADIUS Church where Columbia Metropolitan Airport Executive Director Mike Gulla will make the keynote address.