Clerk of Circuit Court

Land Records

General Information

The Circuit Court Clerk's Office records deeds, deeds of trust (mortgages), and other official documents associated with land transactions in Smyth County. In order for a document to be recorded, it must be one that is authorized by law to be recorded in the Deed Book and it must meet certain statutory provisions. Recordation fees and taxes vary according to the type of document being recorded. Normal recording hours are from 9:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday. Documents may not be presented for recording prior to 9:00 a.m. Documents presented after normal recording hours will be recorded the next business day.

All documents presented for recordation must be originals that have been signed and notarized.

Recording Fees
The Supreme Court of Virginia provides a calculator to assist users with determining recording costs for documents to be recorded in the Deed Book. To access this system, visit the Supreme Court of Virginia's Deed Calculation website ( and select the Smyth Circuit Court.

Payment may be made by cash, check or money order (payable to the Circuit Court Clerk). Most major debit and credit cards are accepted, a small fee will charged.

If you frequently submit land record or property documents for recording and are interested in simplifying the submission and recordation process please visit Simplifile.

Social Security Numbers on Documents Presented for Recording in the Deed Book
Pursuant to Code of Virginia § 17.1-227, effective July 1, 2003, this Clerk's Office will not knowingly accept any instrument submitted for recordation in the Deed Book that includes the social security number of a grantor, grantee, or trustee.

Additional Information
For further inquiries relating to recording fees or requirements, please call (276)782-4044 ext 627 and ask to speak with a staff member at the deed recording desk.