Tax Certification and Recording Standards


On June 14, 2010, the McDowell County Board of Commissioners passed a resolution that prohibits recordation of deeds with delinquent taxes. This process affects all deeds recorded September 1, 2010 and after. This authority is provided to McDowell County under NCGS 161-31.

For tax report information, please complete the Tax Certification Request form and send to the McDowell County Tax Collection office by fax or email.


Deed Certification Request Form

Request Form - PDF

Request Form - Word


If you choose to pay the delinquent taxes AFTER recording deed, you will need to place this statement on the deed (preferably on the first page):

This instrument prepared by___________________, a licensed North Carolina attorney. Delinquent taxes, if any, to be paid by the closing attorney to the county tax collector upon disbursement of closing proceeds”. G.S. 161-31




Contact Information:



Phone: 828-652-7121 ext. 621


Fax: 828-652-8401


For a complete list of Recording Standards, please see the following

Registration of Instruments