§ 136‑19.4.  Registration of right‑of‑way plans.

(a) A copy of the cover sheet and plan and profile sheets of the final right‑of‑way plans for all Department of Transportation projects, on those projects for which plans are prepared, under which right‑of‑way or other interest in real property is acquired or access is controlled shall be certified by the Department of Transportation to the register of deeds of the county or counties within which the project is located. The Department shall certify said plan sheets to the register of deeds within two weeks from their formal approval by the Board of Transportation.

(b) The copy of the plans certified to the register of deeds shall consist of a Xerox, photographic, or other permanent copy, except for plans electronically transmitted pursuant to subsection (b1) of this section, and shall measure approximately 17 inches by 11 inches including no less than one and one‑half inches binding space on the left‑hand side.

(b1) With the approval of the county in which the right‑of‑way plans are to be filed, the Department may transmit the plans electronically.

(c) Notwithstanding any other provision in the law, upon receipt of said original certified copy of the right‑of‑way plans, the register of deeds shall record said right‑of‑way plans and place the same in a book maintained for that purpose, and the register of deeds shall maintain a cross‑index to said right‑of‑way plans by number of road affected, if any, and by identification number. No probate before the clerk of the superior court shall be required.

(d) If after the approval of said final right‑of‑way plans the Board of Transportation shall by resolution alter or amend said right‑of‑way or control of access, the Department of Transportation, within two weeks from the adoption by the Board of Transportation of said alteration or amendment, shall certify to the register of deeds in the county or counties within which the project is located a copy of the amended plan and profile sheets approved by the Board of Transportation and the register of deeds shall remove the original plan sheets and record the amended plan sheets in lieu thereof.

(e) The register of deeds in each county shall collect a fee from the Department of Transportation for recording right‑of‑way plans and profile sheets in the amount set out in G.S. 161‑10. (1967, c. 228, s. 1; 1969, c. 80, s. 13; 1973, c. 507, ss. 5, 12‑15; 1975, c. 716, s. 7; 1977, c. 464, s. 7.1; 1999‑422, s. 1; 2000‑68, s. 1; 2001‑390, s. 6.)