The main task of the register of deeds office is to create and maintain public records for land transactions, mortgages, land mapping and real estate sales. Some registers also deal with personal records such as birth, marriage and death certificates.
Register of deeds offices scattered around the country record a wide range of local documents related to property deeds, power of attorney, maps and other permanent documentation. The offices generally scan the records electronically to keep the records on public file. Users can search through the register and find records of original documents.
In some states, these offices are also in charge of vital records such as birth and death certificates, military discharges, or marriage licences issued by specific counties.