Information on this website is public record, and it is maintained and provided in accordance with the Public Records Law of North Carolina. Because a document recorded at the registry is public record, the preparer of the document should ensure that no Social Security numbers appear in the document.
- Why is my personal information made available by the Register of Deeds office?
According to N.C.G.S. § 132 law, “The public records and public information compiled by the agencies of North Carolina Government or its subdivisions are the property of the people. Therefore, it is the policy of this state that the people may obtain copies of their public records and public information free or at minimal cost unless otherwise specifically provided by law.” As such, documents recorded by the Pender County Register of Deeds cannot be withdrawn from public inspection on demand.
- What if I have personal information (SSN, License #, Passwords, etc.) that I need removed?
Redaction of personal information N.C.G.S. § 132-1.10(f)
Persons submitting documents to be recorded with the Register of Deeds should not include personal information, such as their Social Security number, employer taxpayer identification, driver’s license number, state identification, passport, bank account numbers, PIN numbers and passwords, in the document unless specifically required by law to do so.
Any person has the right to request the removal of such personal information if it appears in the public view on the Register of Deeds website.
Download the Personal Information Redaction Request Form.
The request must be made in writing and delivered by mail, facsimile, electronic transmission, or delivered in person, to the Register of Deeds. The request must specify the personal information to be redacted and include information that identifies the document and the page within the document that contains their Social Security number, employer taxpayer identification, driver’s license number, state identification, passport, bank account numbers, PIN numbers and passwords.
An individual can request the redaction only of his or her own personal information – one person per form.
No fee will be charged for the redaction pursuant to such a request. Any person who requests a redaction without proper authority to do so can be punished by a fine not to exceed $500 for each violation.
If you have questions regarding redaction of personal information, call our office at (910) 259-1225.