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Vital Statistics

N.C. Vital Records provides data to the State Center for Health Statistics off-site link.

Medical Research

Vital records data may be available in support of studies related to medical research. Information requests are reviewed by the State Center for Health Statistics, and may also require State Registrar or further approvals dependent upon the nature of the data requested. If you plan to conduct a study analyzing Vital Statistics data, please contact the State Center for Health Statistics. Staff will review the study protocol and respond promptly.

Genealogical Research

To conduct genealogical research, check the records in the county where the event occurred or check with the North Carolina State Archives. The North Carolina Vital Records office should not be your first choice for information because we must have specific information before the search can begin, and we charge a $24 fee for each record search, whether or not the record is found.
If you know the area where your ancestor lived, check the records in the county off-site link where the event occurred.

Check with the North Carolina State Archives off-site link or the Genealogy Section of the North Carolina State Library off-site link.

If you do request a copy of a specific record from North Carolina Vital Records, use the on-line request form and include a $24 certified check or money order for each search.

If proper information and fees are received, we will provide you with an uncertified copy of the record located unless your request form indicates that you are legally entitled to a certified copy. [NCGS 130A-93 specifies who may receive certified as opposed to uncertified copies of vital records.]

Records of adoptees are not available to the public.

Finding Old Records

For records dated earlier than those found in our office:

  • Birth Certificates: For births before 1913, contact the local register of deeds office (N.C. Institute of Government website) off-site link in the county where the birth occurred. Do not contact North Carolina Vital Records.
  • Death Certificates: For death certificates prior to 1930, contact the North Carolina State Archives off-site link. A few delayed death records may exist back to 1909.
  • Marriage Certificates: NC Vital Records has copies of marriage records dating back to 1962.  For records prior to 1962, contact the county register of deeds off-site link where the marriage license was issued.
  • Divorce Certificates: NC Vital Records has copies of divorce records dating back to 1958.  For records prior to 1958, contact the  the county clerk of court where the divorce was filed.

Birth Records Outside of North Carolina

  • Born Inside the United States: Birth certificates are maintained by each state for the people who are born in that state. If a person was not born in North Carolina, contact the state vital records office in the state where they were born to get a copy of the birth certificate. See also vital records across the United States off-site link.
  • Born Outside the United States: If a person was born outside the United States, but their parents were United States citizens at the time of the birth, you can write to:

U.S. Department of State off-site link
Washington Passport Agency
1111 - 19th Street - NW Suite 300
Washington DC 20522-1705
(202) 647-0518