Welcome to the Carter County, Tennessee,
Register of Deeds' website!

Jarrod Ellis

This site was designed to serve both the professional and the infrequent customer who needs to obtain information concerning recorded documents. Our office is constantly working to add more history to our site.

The site has a free document calculator that will figure the recording costs for you. This helps to eliminate any fee problems when you need to record a document. The fees are based on the recording costs in the State of Tennessee only.

Documents available in the Courthouse office date back to 1796. Our Indexes and Images are available online for documents filed since August first 1997. Use one of the links at the top of this page to access the online search service.

General Information on the
Register of Deeds:

The primary function of the register is to make and preserve a record of instruments required or allowed by law to be filed or recorded, including but not limited to deeds, powers of attorney, mortgages, liens, contracts, plats, leases, judgments, wills, court orders, military discharges, papers under the Uniform Commercial Code, and other typed of instruments. The records provide public notice of property ownership, liens, and contracts, and other transactions that affect the public interest. The register’s office is located in the county seat and the records and papers must remain in the office at all times. The register is responsible for collecting “transfer” and mortgage” taxes. With some statutory exceptions, the register must collect a tax on the transfer of all interests in real estate, and the “mortgage” tax on recording instruments which evidence an indebtedness. Currently the State of Tennessee realty transfer tax is $3.70 per $1,000.00 of value or consideration and the mortgage tax is $1.15 per $1000.00 or major fraction thereof over $2,000.00 of indebtedness. Other than the state taxes, the register is required to collect a register’s fee for recording the documents. This fee varies according to the type and length of the instrument.

The duties of the register can be found in Tennessee Annotated Code 8-21-1001.

Thank you for visiting our site and if you need additional information, please use the interactive contact form or give us a call at the number listed below.

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