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The Dorchester County Emergency Operations Center returned to Operating Condition (OPCON) 3 at 8:30 AM on Monday, May 18, 2020, closely monitoring COVID-19.

Dorchester County Offices and Courts reopened to the general public on Monday, May 18, 2020. Out of an abundance of caution for residents and county staff several safety measures have been put in to place. 

However, it is highly recommended that residents and business owners continue to utilize online services via this site. Convenience fees for certain online transactions remain waived until further notice.

Temperature Checks

Effective, Monday, May 18, 2020, all county employees, vendors, and visitors must have their temperature checked prior to entering the building. 

Temperatures will be taken via a tablet (as shown below). Temperature are taken by standing with in three (3) feet of the tablet, limiting person-to-person contact. After the individuals temperature has been taken, they will be given a wristband that must be worn and visible while at county facilities. The wristband will grant the individual access to all county facilities, that day. Note: the color of the wristband will change daily.

Masks

Beginning, Monday, May 18, 2020, all vendors and visitors to county buildings will be required to bring and wear a face mask covering their nose and mouth at all times, while inside county facilities.

Security Guards

Dorchester County has contracted with an outside security firm to coordinate the temperature checks and to provide general security for county facilities.

Senior Citizens 

Beginning Wednesday, May 27, 2020, the hours of 8:30 AM to 10:00 AM will be reserved for senior citizens. This policy will be in place every Wednesday thereafter, until further notice. 

Register of Deeds

Access to the Dorchester County Register of Deeds Office (ROD) will be open on a strictly limited basis beginning on May 18, 2020, at 8:30 AM.

Abstractors MUST make an appointment as there will only be six (6) slots available in two and one half (2 ½) hour increments daily. Appointments will be made on a first come first served basis. The appointment times are as follows:

  • 8:30 AM – 11:00 AM
  • 11:15 AM – 1:45 PM
  • 2:00 PM – 4:30 PM

Abstractors must check in and out with the ROD front office staff.

Before entering the building, each abstractor MUST go through the temperature checkpoint and receive a wristband. Abstractors are advised to arrive a few minutes early to complete the screening process.

Abstractors will also be required to provide and wear personal protective equipment (gloves and masks) while in the building.

Any/all questions should be directed to Margaret Bailey, Dorchester County Registrar of Deeds at (843) 832-0181.

All hand delivered documents and documents received via mail will be quarantined for 24-hours.

By-Mail Services

The National Institute of Health (NIH) has issued guidance that COVID-19 can survive on cardboard and paper products for up to 24 hours. With this guidance, Dorchester County has instituted a 24-hour quarantine on all certified and uncertified mail and packages received by the County. The Register of Deeds and the Probate Court of Dorchester County acknowledge this may impact recordings that have date-specific statutory filing requirements and urges all submitting parties to be aware of the added time restraints and plan accordingly.