Register of DeedsRegister of Deeds

Recordation of documents concerning land transfers and other miscellaneous instruments of record.


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Our Mission is to ensure professional and quality services for the citizens and property owners of Horry County.

To promptly record legal documents into the record and have them accessible to the general public in a timely manner.

To provide quality customer service by having a Customer Service Representative always available to the public via telephone or in person.

UCC Filings

****UCC FILING/SEARCH ALERT UPDATE****

Amendments to UCC Article 9 are effective July 1, 2013, as a result of S.323 signed into law on June 7, 2013. The changes are a result of the 2010 Amendments to Article 9 from the Uniform Law Commission and adopted by the International Association of Commercial Administrators (IACA) which were to become effective July 1, 2013.

Forms submitted for recording must be dated July 1, 2013. Approved forms can be downloaded from the South Carolina Secretary of State website.

The law governing the change can be found on the South Carolina Legislature website.

FAQ

What instruments can be filed with the Register of Deeds office?
See: Downloadable Forms
What are the pre-requisites to recording instruments?
See: Downloadable Forms
How can I obtain a copy of an instrument of record?
Make a request in writing as to which instrument you require a copy of, providing information for the location of the instrument, along with a check or money order in the amount of $8.00 per instrument for 1-4 pages. Each additional page is $1.00. A payment of $10.00 for a copy of a Plat is required. Certification of the document is an additional fee of $2.00. Please mail your request with proper payment to: Horry County Register of Deeds PO Box 470 Conway, S.C. 29528
What is the cost of recording a particular instrument?
There are many different fees on our price list. The most common fee is for recording a Deed, which is $10.00 for the first four pages and $1.00 for each page there after. There is also a Tax Stamp fee of $3.70 per thousand of the sales price if the Deed is not exempt. For additional fees, see Downloadable Forms.
What land is in my name or who owns a piece of land?
The Register of Deed's staff members cannot perform title/record searches for the public, but we are happy to assist by showing you where our books, public computers and plat records are located and explain how to use them to find the information you need.
Where can I go to receive legal advice?
We always suggest that you speak with an attorney concerning legal questions. The South Carolina Bar Association sponsors a free answering service on Tuesday – Thursday afternoons (888-321-3644). They will answer questions on everything except criminal law questions. You may also be able to get help from the South Carolina Legal Services Agency (888-346-5592).

eRecording

Horry County now offers the ability to electronically record land records. This service will allow real estate professionals (lawyers, bankers, commercial lenders, etc) to record land documents electronically. This process can save the customer both time and money as they will be able to record land documents safely and securely from the comfort of their offices. Please follow the Horry County Register of Deeds guidelines below should you be interested in eRecording in the future.

  • Must follow normal County pre-requisites for recording instruments. See the Downloadable Forms section below for more detials.
  • Must utilize an electronic recording delivery system (vendor) approved by the County. At present the following two vendors exist to choose from:
  • County Transmittal Requirements
    • Document Type – state definition in Chapter 113, Section 325 of SC Code of Regulations Vew Regulations
    • Date of Instrument - date the document was executed
    • Return to – each transmittal cover sheet shall have a return to name, address, phone number, fax number and email address
    • Related Documents – book/page numbers of any related documents pertaining to the submitted document, not the derivation clause book/page.
    • Purchase Price/Mortgage Amount – amount that was paid on the document
    • Brief Property Description – very brief legal description of property. Unit, lot, block, subdivision, city, etc. Not the entire legal description as written on the document.
    • Tax Map #/PIN # - if known ahead of time please place on transmittal
    • Party Names - Be sure to enter all party names that need to be indexed. This includes the grantor's name, the grantee's name and the full name of business. Please enter the names in the following order: Last First Middle Suffix. The full name of the business should bebolded, underlined or capitalized in a way to stand our for indexing. Do not use any punctuation for grantor, grantee or business name.
      Example:
      Grantor or Grantee name: Smith John Doe Jr
      Business names: SMITH TOOLS INC

Escrow Accounts

We are pleased to announce an new service enhancement to our OnCore Online Public Search. Users can now view, print, and save documents online for a fee ($.50 per page). This service is currently available for escrow account holders ONLY. If you currently have an Escrow Account and would require this functionality please contact the ROD office so that a staff member may assist in updating your account. If you do not have an Escrow Account you may open one by either coming directly to the office, or sending a written request by mail with a $25.00 check for deposit into your account with the following information:

  • Name of account
  • Address
  • Contact Person
  • Phone number
  • Email address
  • Password you would like for the account. This is case sensitive.

 

Account Activity

The Register of Deeds understands that law firms may want to keep a recording account separate from a copy account. At this time we have no issues with having separate copy & recording accounts, however, we do not intend to create multiple copy accounts for the same office. Each escrow account has the ability to have multiple users utilizing the account at the same time. It will be the responsibility of the law firm/abstractor to ensure that the account has enough money to cover multiple users. You may request a copy of your escrow account activity at any time either by walking into the office, or sending a written request by mail. The fee associated with the request will be $1.00 per page. We have the ability to print this report for any date range that you specify.

Common Terms

Affidavit
A written statement sworn to before a person officially permitted by law to administer an oath.
Acknowledgement Statement
A statement by a Notary Public stating that the grantor personally appeared before them and acknowledged an execution of a document. The Notary Public may also be one of the witnesses.
Conveyance
A transfer of title.
Derivation Clause
A written statement in the property description that includes the name of the grantor and the recording date of that deed.
Financing Statement
Instrument filed in accordance to the Uniform Commercial Code showing a lien filed on real property with the County or collateral goods filed with the State. You may obtain copies of the new UCC forms by linking to www.scsos.com/forms.htm.
Mechanics Lien
A workman's legal claim to hold property worked on (or at least to file formal papers securing a right to property) until the charges are paid.
Probate Statement
A statement by a Notary Public stating that a witness appeared before them stating that they witnessed the personal execution of a document by a grantor.
U.C.C.
Uniform Commercial code. A comprehensive set of laws on every major type of business law.

Major Projects

  • Upgrade in computerization of the Recording Desk to reflect the reproduction of a label to be attached to the instrument with the recording information.
  • Scanning of the recorded instruments by Register of Deeds staff members, releasing the original instrument to the filer more rapidly.
  • To provide the public with access to the land record indexes and images via the website.
  • Back scanning images in the deed books from 1984 through 1995.
  • Back scanning tax lien images from 1998 through 2006

Department Well

Department Head
Ballery Skipper
Contact
Phone: (843) 915-5430
Fax: (843) 915-6430
Mailing Address
P.O. Box 470
Conway, SC 29528
Physical Address
1301 Second Avenue
Conway, SC 29526
Office Hours
8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Monday through Friday

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