MAJOR RESPONSIBILITIES OF THE OFFICE:
The primary function of the register is to make and preserve a record of instruments required or allowed by law to be filed or recorded, including but not limited to deeds, powers of attorney, mortgages, liens, contracts, plats, leases, judgments, wills, court orders, military discharges, papers under the Uniform Commercial Code, and other types of instruments. The records provide public notice of property ownership, liens, and contracts, and other transactions that affect the public interest. The register's office is in the county seat, and the records and papers must remain in the office at all times.
The register is also responsible for collecting "transfer" and "mortgage" taxes, and with some statutory exceptions, the register must collect a tax on the transfer of all interests in real estate, and the "mortgage" tax on recording instruments which evidence an indebtedness.