About the Registrar
Laura M. Riddick was elected Wake County Register of Deeds in 1996. She was re-elected in 2000, 2004, 2008, 2012 and 2016. As certified Register of Deeds, Ms. Riddick leads 40 County employees in providing numerous services to the legal community and the general public. They include recording legal documents and maps, issuing marriage licenses and vital records certificates, certifying documents and administering notary public oaths.
Since taking office in 1996 as Register of Deeds, Ms. Riddick has focused on improving customer service through the better use of technology and making information readily available to the public as quickly and efficiently as possible. Among her major accomplishments are:
- Developed North Carolina’s first registry online document and imaging retrieval system in 1999. Legal records back to 1974 were placed on the County’s Register of Deeds’ website for public access.
- Completed an eight-year project in 2010 to include the digitization and online provision of every real property document ever recorded in North Carolina's capital county, dating back to 1785. Our oldest record, an Indenture Agreement recorded on July 7, 1785, is now available in BOOKS, our online consolidated real property index system.
- Implemented the electronic recording of satisfaction documents beginning in November 2007. Wake was one of four counties in North Carolina to take advantage of a new law that allows eRecording in North Carolina and requires eNotarization certified by the North Carolina Department of the Secretary of State.
- Expanded eRecording to all property records in 2013.
Ms. Riddick’s numerous civic and professional activities include: Chair, N.C. Electronic Recording Users Group; member, Board of Directors, North Carolina Preservation Consortium, 2003-2005; member, Wake County Real Property Lawyers Association, 1996-present; member, North Carolina Notary Association, 2002-present; member, North Carolina Association Registers of Deeds, 1996-2011; former Legislative Co-Chair and Chair of Technology Committee, 1996-2002; member, Meredith College Paralegal Advisory Committee, 2007-present; Chair, Technology and Automation Committee, North Carolina Association Registers of Deeds, 2009 - 2011; member, Finance Committee, North Carolina Association Registers of Deeds, 2009 - 2011.
Ms. Riddick graduated from Meredith College in 1988 with a B.A. in History and a minor in Business. She received her M.A. in Public History from North Carolina State University in 1990. She is married to Matthew Eisley and has a daughter, Elizabeth.
Ms. Riddick can be contacted by calling her office at 919-856-5460.