Approximately 230,000 documents are processed by our office each year. This amounts to 1.1 million pages of real estate documents, marriage licenses, notary oaths and maps. Every day registry employees work tirelessly to ensure that the documents we record reflect the trust that our patrons place in us. This commitment to excellence is the very foundation of our service.
By law, the Register of Deeds serves as custodian and manager of large volumes of public records. The Register of Deeds is legally charged with the integrity, completeness, accuracy and safekeeping of these public records. Registers of Deeds are elected to four-year terms by the citizens of the county. I am serving my fifth term as Wake County Register of Deeds. The Wake County Register of Deeds staff is composed of the Register of Deeds, one Deputy Register of Deeds, 35 Registers of Deeds Technicians and an IT staff of three.
We use the most current technology to ensure easy access and retrieval of all our records and provide a courteous and professional environment. In June 1999 we unveiled our new document imaging system, BOOKS, which allows Wake County citizens to search for recorded documents and maps through our website. Ours was the first Register of Deeds Office in North Carolina to offer online retrieval of recorded documents, and we work continually to improve our system.
When we first implemented our imaging system in 1999, we included documents and maps recorded from 1974 to the present. In the fall of 2002, we began a backfile conversion to integrate maps and documents recorded prior to 1974. We completed the map phase of the project in March 2003 and moved on to documents. We are pleased to announce that we have completed the backfile project. All documents recorded from 1785 to the present are available via BOOKS.
We invite you to browse through the other pages on the Register of Deeds menu to learn more about our office. If we can offer assistance to you in any way, please do not hesitate to contact us. You may call us at 919-856-5460. For more information about Wake County Register of Deeds Laura M. Riddick, visit about Laura.