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  • Electronic Signatures
    Customers,

    Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Register’s Office has of course seen a dramatic increase in the use of Electronic Signatures.

    Just as a reminder, please see the below Tennessee Code referencing the required change that went into effect July 1, 2019.

    § 66-22-101. Authentication; electronic signatures; personal or audio-video appearance before acknowledging officer

    (a) Unless otherwise provided by law, to authenticate an instrument or document for registration or recording in the office of the county register, the maker or the natural person acting on behalf of the maker shall execute the instrument or document by that person's original signature, and the signature shall be either acknowledged according to law or proved by at least two (2) subscribing witnesses. The county register may refuse to record any instrument or document not authenticated in accordance with this section.
    (b) For purposes of this section, “person's original signature” includes an electronic signature as defined in § 8-16-302.
    (c) For purposes of this title and subject to subsection (d), a person may personally appear before the officer taking the acknowledgment by:
    (1) Appearing physically before the officer; or
    (2) Appearing by means of an interactive two-way audio and video communication that meets the online notarization requirements under rules promulgated by the secretary of state pursuant to the Online Notary Public Act, compiled in title 8, chapter 16, part 3, to provide for the orderly administration of this chapter.
    (d) The acknowledging officer must designate in the acknowledgment form whether the principal personally appeared before the officer by means of an interactive two-way audio and video communication pursuant to subdivision (c)(2). If the person appears by means of an interactive two-way audio and video communication, the appearance and the certificate shall be deemed compliant with this chapter if the acknowledging officer amends the acknowledgment forms set forth in §§ 66-22-107, 66-22-108, and 66-22-114, to read “personally appeared before me by audio-video communication” or “personally appeared by audio-video communication” or “before me appear by audio-video communication” rather than “personally appeared before me” or “personally appeared” or “before me appear”.

    In an effort to reduce rejects, simply revise the notary block to comply with this statute.
  • We Will Remain Open
    Friday, April 03, 2020In light of Governor Lee’s Executive Stay Home Order, Marc Gravitt, the Hamilton County Register, states the Register’s Office is classified as an Essential Government Function, therefor will remain open.

    Stated in the U.S. Department of Homeland Security Memorandum dated March 28, 2020, https://www.cisa.gov/sites/default/files/publications/CISA_Guidance_on_the_Ess ential_Critical_Infrastructure_Workforce_Version_2.0_Updated.pdf , the Register’s Office is an Essential Government Function.

    “In order to help protect my staff and their families, I have instructed them to strictly adhere to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), recommendations of practicing social distancing of a minimum of 6 feet and disinfecting all touched surfaces throughout the day. Unfortunately the way the register’s offices operate, the majority of our work is not able to be done remotely. Our office has been operating at half-staff on a weekly rotating schedule, now finishing our third week, while at the same time fulfilling essential duties. With the exception of not allowing customers physically inside the office, nothing has really changed. Walk in customers can still bring documents, however, we ask that they call or email first. We are also encouraging the use of e-filing, where the recording, indexing and payment of fees is done electronically, therefore eliminating the need to physically come to the office or mailing of documents,” said Register Gravitt.

    “Our office recorded over $411 million in Deeds of Trusts (mortgages) and $303 million in sales transactions, with over 5,500 documents recorded for the month of March alone. Tennessee is a “race to record” state, if our office closed, it would have a long lasting, devastating effect on the Hamilton County real estate market and local economy with ripple effects that would seemingly not end. Title companies, law firms, lenders, developers, surveyors, realtors, construction companies, utility companies and other government agencies, not to mention the citizens of Hamilton County would all be drastically impacted.”

    “I could not be more proud of my staff. They have stepped up and met the challenge during this extremely stressful time,” Gravitt said.
  • Our office will be closed Friday, July 3 in observance of Independence Day.
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MARC GRAVITT
Register of Deeds
About the Register of Deeds
  • Purpose
    The principal duty of the County Register's office is to record deeds and other instruments required or allowed to be filed by law; as stated in Tennessee Code 66-24-101. Writings eligible for registration include deeds, powers of attorney, mortgages, marriage settlements, plats, military discharges, etc. The Register is also responsible for collecting and accounting for all fees and taxes due as allowed by law.
  • Electronic Recording Vendors
    Simplifile
    Please contact Barbara McLean with Simplifile for information on eRecording at (865) 599-2045, at Barbara.Mclean@Simplifile.com, or by going to Simplifile.com
    CSC
    Corporation Service Company can be reached at (866) 652-0111, at eRecording@CSCGlobal.com, or by going to eRecording.com
  • Online Access Application
    You can access our database online after completing either a print application or submitting an application online. The $50 fee must be paid before passwords are distributed. The $50 fee is a monthly access fee.
  • You may review our official public records policy by following the link above.
  • Report for the property transactions recorded by the Register's Office last month.
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Published 3/23/2020 [QS v2.17]
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