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Recorder of Deeds Overview...

South Carolina is divided into 46 recorder districts with an elected or appointed Recorder or Clerk responsible for each office. Documents related to the ownership of real estate within the county are recorded at either the Recorder of Deeds Office, or the Clerk of Courts Office depending on the county.

Recorded documents are assigned a sequential identifying number (known as the reel and page number) and are then scanned into the county office's computer system. The resulting images are available for viewing and printing from public access terminals at the county office. In addition, all Recorder, or Clerk offices retain microfilm of all recorded documents as permanent, historical records. In most cases, original documents are returned to the land owner. To assist customers in finding relevant documents, county offices create a searchable index that contains the names of all parties to a document and a short legal property description.