Document Formatting Standards
Effective in NC July 1, 2002
(G.S. 161-14)

Changes effective October 1, 2019 - Session Law 2019-117(SB594)

In addition to all other statutory and locally adopted prerequisites, all documents executed on paper after July 1, 2002 and presented for registration after that date must meet the following requirements: *If an instrument does not meet these requirements, the register of deeds will record the instrument after collecting the $25 fee for non-standard documents.*

Exception to non-standard document fee: If an instrument fails to meet the filing requirements solely because it contains print in a font size smaller than 9 points, the register of deeds may register the instrument without collecting the fee for non-standard documents if, at the discretion of the register of deeds, the instrument is legible. In order to avoid rejection, all documents should comply with 9 point font requirement.

Formatting Standards apply to all documents for which a fee is collected under GS 161-10(a):
  1. Instruments in General
  2. Deeds of Trust and Mortgages
  3. (There is no fee for cancellation of Deeds of Trust and Mortgages in NC)
  4. Uniform Commercial Code filings
    (National Standard forms are exempt from the document formatting standards)
  5. Torrens Registration
  6. Master Forms