New Fee Structure Effective October 1, 2011
Session Law 2011-296 (S 384) modifies the fees for recording instruments and simplifies their allocation to state accounts. G.S. 161-10(a)(1), (1a), (16); G.S. 161-11.3; G.S. 161-11.5 (effective October 1, 2011). The changes follow a recommendation by the North Carolina General Assembly’s Fiscal Research Division based on a study of data received from the North Carolina Association of Registers of Deeds, the North Carolina Office of State Management and Budget, and the North Carolina Department of Revenue. These changes take effect October 1, 2011, but the statute contains an automatic sunset provision by which these changes expire on July 1, 2013, unless the General Assembly hereafter extends them. There will no longer be a fee for verification (currently $2.00). The General Assembly repealed the sunset provision on the new recording fees effective July 1, 2013.