Your Register of Deeds office is the branch of local government responsible for recording, indexing, and storing authentic official copies of public records, including but not limited to births, marriages, deaths, and property transfers. You might visit the office or its website to research your genealogy or to obtain a copy of the deed to your property. All of the records in the office belong to the public and are entrusted to the elected Register of Deeds for management and safekeeping.
Drew Reisinger has served as your Register of Deeds since 2011, during which time Buncombe County has experienced a historic increase in the number of marriage licences issued and an upsurge in real estate transactions. Drew’s effective leadership and use of innovative technology has helped meet these demands while increasing convenience for the public and the professionals who frequent his office and use its website. Drew manages the staff and the budget, which is set by the Buncombe County Board of Commissioners.
Drew is running for re-election in 2016 because he loves serving the people of Buncombe County as the steward of our essential public records. Drew will continue to deliver the service and stewardship that Buncombe County deserves and has come to expect from the Register of Deeds office.
As your Register of Deeds, Drew Reisinger has:
- Implemented a new birth certificate ordering process with Mission Hospital; parents of newborns can now order birth certificates directly from their hospital room. This saves new parents a trip to the Register of Deeds office during their first days with a newborn.
- Implemented eRecording software with the support of Secretary of State Elaine Marshall. This secure, remote filing service is more convenient for professionals and the public and is better for the environment.
- Partnered with the Tax and GIS offices to make property records and services easier to find online.
- Implemented an online marriage license application that reduces time to apply for marriage license from more than 30 minutes to 10 minutes.
- Redacted thousands of social security and driver’s license numbers from the public record to protect citizens from identity theft.
- Digitized all Buncombe County property records dating back to the late 1700s as well as all birth, death, and marriage records in the history of Buncombe County.
- Created an online application for ordering Buncombe County vital records from anywhere in the country.
- Currently partnering with local surveyors, regional Registers of Deeds, and the Secretary of State’s office to implement eRecording of plats throughout WNC.
Honored Our History
- With volunteers from the Center for Diversity Education, Drew’s office became the first in the country to digitize historic Slave Deeds. Since then, many NC counties have followed the lead of Buncombe County by making these historically important documents widely available for the first time.
- The Slave Deeds project has gained international recognition and is acknowledged in the International Civil Rights Museum and the Canadian Museum for Human Rights.
- The Slave Deeds project earned the Preservation Society of Asheville and Buncombe County’s Griffin Award, which is granted to outstanding projects and individuals that further the goals of historic preservation in our community.
- Drew earned the Award of Merit from the Council of State Archivists for his work on the Slave Deeds project.
Advanced Equal Rights
- In October of 2013, Drew sent a formal request to the NC Attorney General questioning the legality of NC’s discriminatory marriage laws. At that time Buncombe County became the first in the South to begin accepting marriage license applications from same-sex couples.
- On October 10, 2014, same-sex marriage was legalized in North Carolina, and Drew was proud to issue marriage licenses to the first same-sex couples in the state.
- The ACLU Chapter of WNC awarded Drew the 2014 Evan Mahaney Champion of Civil Liberties Award for his work on behalf of marriage equality.
Lead Regionally and Statewide
- Drew serves as Western North Carolina District Chair for the North Carolina Register of Deeds Association; Drew was elected by his fellow Registers of Deeds
- Drew serves on three committees for the Association: Executive Committee, Finance Committee, and Legislative Committee.
- Buncombe County will host North Carolina’s annual Register of Deeds conference in September 2016