Buncombe County Register of Deeds
The Register of Deeds is elected in partisan elections every 4 years. The office is the custodian of documents recorded from the beginning of the county to the present day. It records real estate documents, births and deaths. The office also issues marriage licenses, handles notary commissions, military discharge recordings, and provides certified birth and death certificates, and other documents.
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I have served as Buncombe County Register of Deeds for 9 years. During that time, I have improved accessibility and created one of the most user-friendly and technologically advanced offices in the state, while providing excellent customer service.
In 2018, Governor Roy Cooper appointed me to the North Carolina State Historical Records Advisory Board. This is the State's central advisory board responsible for historical records planning with the State Archives and the National Archives. On this board, I continue to advocate for improved digital access to North Carolina's most important records.
In the scope of the pandemic, we were quick to adapt our services online. We have provided our full services following best practices for COVID precautions, so that residents and staff can feel safe using our services. We are continuing to amend our services as needed to meet the community’s needs in a safe way.
Aside from the pandemic, we have launched a new Parcel Dashboard that allows anyone to visit our interactive map and see who owns property across the county. Increased transparency is a high priority in my office. In addition, I have continued to focus on additional projects such as ending child marriage in North Carolina, in collaboration with the International Center for Research on Women (ICRW). I have assisted the ICRW with compiling data from across the state to present to lawmakers to advocate for increasing the minimum marriage age from 14 to 18 years old.
We are always monitoring our services and information to ensure that citizen’s vital information is secure. We have recently launched a new notification system called Property Check that will inform a property owner if any changes are made to their property records. We have also worked with Attorney General Josh Stein to end a property fraud scheme targeting seniors.
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