MOORESVILLE The Iredell County Register of Deeds opened its first office in Mooresville today, at 610 E. Center Ave. in the building known as the old Lowrance Hospital.
The Register of Deeds issues marriage licenses, birth certificates and death certificates, and records real estate documents.
Marriage licenses issued from the Mooresville office are valid for use in any county in North Carolina, meaning residents from North Mecklenburg and elsewhere can avoid long lines in their counties by visiting the Mooresville branch.
The building also has a courtroom, sheriff’s office and health department branch, Register of Deeds Matthew McCall said. The Register of Deeds office will be open 8 a.m.-5 p.m. weekdays and can be reached at 704-663-4533.
In February 2012, the Iredell County Board of Commissioners voted unanimously to endorse McCall’s request for legislation to allow him to open the second office. A short while later, Senate Bill 830, titled “Iredell Register of Deeds Satellite Office,” passed the General Assembly.
McCall waited until this spring to begin work. He and a couple of staff members spent days sanding, painting and shuttling computer equipment.
“There was an available room, so it was a logical place for us to move into,” McCall said. “We won’t need to add any additional employees to the payroll to staff it.”
McCall said even with the second location, the office won’t expand its budget. Overall, McCall said, he has reduced the annual budget by 42 percent since taking office in December 2010.
The main Register of Deeds office is across from the Iredell County Courthouse in downtown Statesville.
Marusak: 704-987-3670; on Twitter @ jmarusak.
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